Meghan Markle has penned an emotional piece for the New York Times where she confessed that she suffered a miscarriage over the summer.
The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she went through what can only be described as “unbearable grief” over the loss of her child.
The former actress explained that she understood that she was having a miscarriage as she held her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in her arms.
In the personal article, Meghan revealed Prince Harry‘s heartbreaking reaction to the loss of her second child.
In the tear-jerking moving account, the activist wrote: “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”
She described the pain that hit hard as she was changing Archie’s diaper: “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.”
She revealed how Harry cried as they sat in the hospital as she pondered how they will heal as a family.
The philanthropist wrote: “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.”
While on the hospital bed, Meghan said she watched her “my husband’s heartbreak as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine,” and she decided to ask herself, “Are you OK?”.
Meghan said she decided to speak about the devastating issue to reach out to others who have experienced the loss of a child.
She explained: “In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them have suffered from a miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning. Some have bravely shared their stories; they have opened the door, knowing that when one person speaks truth, it gives license for all of us to do the same.”
In her op-ed, the Duchess of Sussex broadens the conversation to talk about the year 2020, where “loss and pain” hit many people due to Covid-19 and the countless protests linked to the Black Lives Matter movement after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
She shared: “In places where there was once a community, there is now a division. We aren’t just fighting over our opinions of facts; we are polarized over whether the fact is, in fact, a fact. We are at odds over whether science is real. We are at odds over whether an election has been won or lost. We are at odds over the value of compromise.”
She pleaded with people to check on one another during the Thanksgiving gatherings because mental health is important.