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    Meghan Markle Reveals She Had a Miscarriage

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    Meghan Markle had a tragic experience last summer. The Duchess of Sussex told The New York Times that she suffered a miscarriage in July. She and husband Prince Harry have a one-year-old son Archie.  

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

    She started, “It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib. After changing his 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 continued, “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.”

    Harry talked about the miscarriage with the royal family and they didn’t comment about it as it was a very personal matter.

    On the other hand, a source told Vanity Fair that the couple became closer than ever because of that experience. Harry supported Meghan in writing the article, too. They also knew then that their loss is something that they wanted to share in the long run, too.

    Meghan mentioned in her op-ed that they learned how common miscarriages are and as a result decided to write about her personal experience for other to follow.

    She wrote, “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. 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.”

    “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,” she continued. “We have learned that when people ask how any of us are doing, and when they really listen to the answer, with an open heart and mind, the load of grief often becomes lighter — for all of us. In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing.”


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