Penning a powerful essay for The New York Times, Meghan Markle has revealed that in July, she suffered a miscarriage. Using the publication’s platform to amplify her voice, the Duchess of Sussex wrote about the need for open dialogue around pregnancy loss and the importance of checking in on those around us.
‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, I was losing my second’, Markle explained, recalling a sharp pain in her stomach. ‘Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wrt from bout out tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal’.
Encouraging readers to normalise conversations about pregnancy loss, the duchess’s essay highlighted just how many families are affected by miscarriage. ‘In the pain of our loss, my husband an di discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversations remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning’.
While the British royal family is yet to issue any form of official statement regarding the news of Markle’s miscarriage, a source from The Daily Beast has confirmed Prince Harry discussed the tragic loss with his family, and also flagged the nature of Markle’s essay before it was published by The New York Times.
Per the publication, when asked to comment on the news, a spokesperson for Prince Charles shared he won’t be making a comment on the ‘private’ matter. Similarly, The Daily Beast reports The Queen’s office also declined to comment, calling the experience a ‘deeply personal’ one. A Buckingham Palace source has since told People, ‘There is a lot of sadness around the family’.