Heartbreaking news emerged just hours ago when Meghan Markle revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage.
Now, even more heartbreaking details have been revealed.
The former Duchess of Sussex opened up about the experience in an article titled Losses We Share, released today in the New York Times, where she explained she fell ill at home in Los Angeles in July.
Meghan said the day began like any other, until she felt a felt a ‘sharp cramp’ and realised ‘something was not right’.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second”— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) November 25, 2020
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle reveals she had a miscarriage in July https://t.co/OZMDuRH30w
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 and Prince Harry then went quickly to hospital where she described seeing Harry’s heartbreaking as he ‘held the shattered pieces of mine’.
That Meghan Markle could write about her miscarriage knowing that it would add fuel to the fire of the demons who want her demise, makes her even more of a queen.— Monisha Rajesh (@monisha_rajesh) November 25, 2020
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.
This f**kng hurts! 😭💔— HMA24/7✌️💋🧡 (@meghanistar) November 25, 2020
The Losses We Share by Meghan Markle on New York Times pic.twitter.com/fFQeQfo7CC
The letter continued:
I recalled a moment last year when Harry and I were finishing up a long tour in South Africa. I was exhausted. I was breastfeeding our infant son, and I was trying to keep a brave face in the very public eye.
“Are you okay?” A journalist asked me.
I answered him honestly, not knowing that what I said would resonate with so many — new moms and older ones, and anyone who had, in their own way, been silently suffering. My off-the-cuff reply seemed to give people permission to speak their truth. But it wasn’t responding honestly that helped me most, it was the question itself.
‘Thank you for asking,’ I said. ‘Not many people have asked if I’m OK’.
When I had a miscarriage, I remember scouring the internet for articles by women who had been through the same thing. Because reading that you're not alone is helpful and it's comforting. So thank you to Meghan Markle for writing about something so difficult— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) November 25, 2020
The letter goes on:
I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?’
Are we? This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points.
Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020, in moments both fraught and debilitating. We’ve heard all the stories: A woman starts her day, as normal as any other, but then receives a call that she’s lost her elderly mother to Covid-19. A man wakes feeling fine, maybe a little sluggish, but nothing out of the ordinary. He tests positive for the coronavirus and within weeks, he — like hundreds of thousands of others — has died.
In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.
Stay strong Meghan, and all those who have to go through such tragedy.