Meghan Markle today revealed she suffered a miscarriage over the summer and has described the ‘unbearable grief’ it caused her and Prince Harry in an article written for the New York Times.
The Duchess of Sussex has said she lost her second child after feeling a ‘sharp cramp’ while changing her son Archie’s nappy in July.
Ms Markle revealed she fell ill at home in Los Angeles before going to hospital, describing herself tearfully watching her husband Prince Harry’s ‘heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine’ while grieving for their unborn baby.
She wrote in the New York Times today: ‘After changing his [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’.
In the piece called ‘The Losses We Share’, she said: ‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second’.
Ms Markle 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’. She added: ‘Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few’.
It is not known how many weeks pregnant Meghan was, but most women suffer miscarriages in the first three months. Buckingham Palace is understood to have known about the tragedy for several months while The Daily Beast claims royal officials were also briefed about the New York Times article in advance. A spokesman for the Queen declined to comment calling it a ‘deeply personal matter’.
Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholl said: ‘The royal family were very supportive about it. They were aware of what had happened. Harry was in constant touch with them over the summer and they knew what they were going through. My understanding is they’ve been supported by the royal family on this episode.’
A source close to the Sussexes told the BBC that Meghan is ‘currently in good health’ and ‘the couple took time to process what happened in July and having come to appreciate how common miscarriage is, wanted to talk about it’.
Source: Daily Mail