'I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second': Meghan Markle reveals she suffered a miscarriage in a poignant open letter

The Duchess of Sussex poignantly shared how she suffered a miscarriage back in the summer.

In a candid open letter written for the New York Times, Meghan wrote: “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

Meghan describes feeling a sharp pain while she was holding son, Archie. “I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.

“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

She also recalls sitting in a hospital bed and watching her husband’s heart break as he tried to ‘hold the shattered pieces of mine’. She adds that she soon realised that she had to ask herself “Are you OK?” to help herself heal.

She also makes reference to a TV interview with journalist Tom Bradby, which was filmed during her trip with Prince Harry to South Africa. He famously asked her how she was, to which she replied: “Thank you for asking. Not many people have asked if I’m OK.”

Discussing the interview, she wrote: “I answered him honestly, not knowing that what I said would resonate with so many — new moms and older ones, and anyone who had, in their own way, been silently suffering.

“My off-the-cuff reply seemed to give people permission to speak their truth. But it wasn’t responding honestly that helped me most, it was the question itself.”

We salute Meghan for speaking so openly on a taboo topic.


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