Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bond grow stronger as they focus on healing and supporting each other through the devastation of losing a pregnancy earlier this year.
Last month Meghan Markle opened up about miscarrying her second child in an emotional article for The New York Times. It is a heartbreaking time in the couple's lives, but they are focusing on their future.
A part of that future includes shining a light on social issues that need to be better understood, and for that reason, the Duchess of Sussex chose to share her experience.
A HEARTBREAKING LOSS
The former "Suits" actress had the miscarriage in July, and it's still hard for the royal couple to think about it, as a source told Us Weekly. In the article last month, Markle detailed her "devastating" experience.
“After changing [my son Archie’s] diaper, I felt a sharp cramp,” she wrote. “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.”
ROAD TO HEALING
While the royal couple is focused on "moving forward" now, they first had to deal with the initial shock and heartbreak of the loss. Laying in the hospital bed, Markle envisioned how they would work the loss, as she wrote:
“Watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?’”
STRENGTH IN CARING
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 10% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, 80% of those occurring during the first trimester.
Because so many other women go through the little talked-about experience, Markle decided to share hers to bring awareness. It's when misery gets compassionate company that suffering eases, and healing steps in.
THE ROYAL FAMILY KNEW
Prince Harry and Markle reportedly discussed the miscarriage with the rest of the royal family, who are also deeply saddened by the loss, before she published the article in The New York Times.
And according to another source that spoke with ET, the royal couple wanted to share their story publically, but they waited until the time was right for them.
Sadly, Markle is not the only member of the royal family to go through a miscarriage. Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and her husband Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex went through a similar experience in 2001.
The couple had no idea that the countess was pregnant when complications sent her to the hospital. Once there, doctors discovered an ectopic pregnancy, and she had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the baby.