Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has revealed in an opinion article published in the New York Times that she had a miscarriage, an extraordinarily personal disclosure coming from a high-profile British royal.
The wife of Prince Harry and former actress wrote about the experience in the article published on Wednesday, saying that it took place one July morning when she was caring for Archie, the couple’s son.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote in an article called “The Losses We Share.”
“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.”
Wave of support
The intimate details shared in the article are strikingly at odds with the usual policy of senior members of the British royal family, who reveal almost nothing about their personal lives.
Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, has never discussed her private life in any media interview in her 68-year reign.
But Meghan’s candid honesty has prompted a huge wave of support from readers, many of whom have gone through the same experience.
“This is a beautiful piece on the importance of asking just one simple question – are you OK?,” one person wrote after the piece was published to the New York Times Twitter account.
“Kudos to Meghan for talking about an incredibly stigmatised subject. We need to discuss it more – it’s heartbreaking for families,” another wrote.
Others blasted Meghan’s treatment by the UK tabloid press and applauded her honesty.
“Powerful words from Meghan Markle — about life, hard times, navigating personal and collective challenges, and the unimaginable, largely unspoken about club that none want to be a part of, yet so many of us woman are: having faced + grieved miscarriages,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another simply wrote: “Heartbreaking read.”
Mental health advocate Matt Haig shot back at those who said Meghan was courting “negative publicity.”
“To people saying: ‘why is Meghan Markle sharing her story if she doesn’t want negative media attention?’ It is very simple: there is a difference between sharing your own pain, and having others cause it,” he wrote.
“You have a right to your own truth. And a right to tell it.”
“Miscarriages aren’t talked about enough,” one person responded.
“So many women have them. I had one years ago and none of my friends really understood. Good for Meghan speaking out about her experience.”
“The very idea that sharing the trauma of miscarriage should/could warrant ‘negative media attention’ anyway is baffling, and underlines how necessary and brave doing so is,” another wrote.
Some high-profile supporters wished the couple well, including Charles Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana.
“I can‘t imagine the agony for any couple for losing a child in this way,” he told UK breakfast TV show Lorraine.
“I totally agree with you – all thoughts with them today.”
Move from UK
Meghan and Harry stepped back from royal duties and moved to the United States earlier this year.
They have been trying to forge a new role for themselves outside the constraints of life in Britain’s strictly codified royal bubble.
– with AAP