E! Online: Meghan Markle Talked about the Loss of Her Baby to Start Her Healing Process
The Duchess of Sussex shared the pain and trauma she went through when she suffered a miscarriage, losing her second child in July 2020.
On November 25, 2020, Duchess Meghan of Sussex published an essay in the New York Times in which she revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage in July.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in September 2019 in Cape Town | Source: Getty Images
The Duchess detailed every moment of her ordeal. The former actress revealed that she had been holding baby Archie when she had felt the first cramp. Duchess Meghan revealed that she had dropped to the floor, holding her son and humming to keep him calm. She wrote:
"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second."
The Duchess was taken to hospital and recounted how her husband has sat by her bedside, holding her hands, trying to console her while his own heart broke.
It was then, Duchess Meghan recounted, that she realized that their healing had to begin with asking a crucial question: "Are you OK?"
The Royal couple's story will hopefully help the thousands of women who have gone through the trauma of a miscarriage feel less alone with their pain
As the Duchess and Prince Harry worked through their devastating loss, they became aware that they were not alone. Out of any group of women they spoke to, 10 to 20% had gone through a miscarriage.
It was, the Duchess realized, a silent anguish many couples endure secretly, a loss most women are unaccountably ashamed of. In speaking out, the Dukes hope to ease the pain and loneliness of other grieving parents.
PRAISE FOR BRAVERY
The Duchess' essay has been universally praised for its frankness, and for bringing out into the light what is still a taboo. Many women who have suffered through miscarriages have been showing their support for the Duchess and Prince Harry on Social Media.
The Royal couple's story will hopefully help the thousands of women who have gone through the trauma of a miscarriage feel less alone with their pain.
A HARD YEAR
2020 has been a hard year for the Dukes of Sussex on a personal level. They abdicated from their positions as seniors in the British Royal family and moved to the US to start a new life, and like all of us, have been dealing with the pandemic.
The Duchess touched on the current difficulties affecting so many people in the US and around the world and urged us all to share our pain, and take the first step towards healing.