Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has opened up in a New York Times op-ed that she suffered a miscarriage this past July.
Meghan begins her article by setting the scene of the moment she felt pain. “It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day. 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.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
Meghan detailed the horrifying experience she and her husband Prince Harry shared while in the hospital after suffering the loss of their second child, both of them imagining how they could heal from this pain.
Miscarriage is not the only loss Meghan addresses in her powerful piece. She also touches on the difficulties that have come out of this year 2020. The pandemic and the many lives that have been lost. Social injustice and the loss of innocent people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The political injustices and the division it’s caused for our country.
As a final thought, Meghan sheds light on the stigma surrounding miscarriage. “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.”
We thank Meghan and Harry for opening up about their loss and helping break down the walls of stigma surrounding this tragic loss that too many people experience and suffer from in silence. We’re keeping their family in our thoughts and wish them all the strength and love to heal.