“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second” – Meghan Markle revealed her miscarriage for the first time.
In an article about suffering miscarriage, the British royal revealed the pain she and her husband Prince Harry went through after losing their second son. As she was changing her first son, Archie’s nappy Meghan felt a “sharp cramp” and “dropped to the floor” in pain.
“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,” the Duchess of Sussex wrote.
She admitted her grief was “almost unbearable” and said that many women went through the same experience but only a few talked about it.
Despite its commonality, the Duchess revealed that talking about the grief of having a miscarriage remains a “taboo riddled with (unwarranted) shame”.
Meghan said the world has become polarised leaving “us feeling more alone than ever.” She made reference to those whose loved ones died from the coronavirus and addressed the deaths of Breonna Taylor, a Louisville hospital worker, and George Floyd, both killed by police officers.
Dr Christine of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists responded to Meghan`s article saying miscarriages are “very common” but sadly many cannot be prevented.
She emphasized the importance of eliminating the stigma or shame surrounding miscarriage and give enough support to families during this time.