- Meghan Markle has shared a heartbreaking essay, revealing she lost her second child in July.
- The Duchess of Sussex speaks of her miscarriage in an opinion piece for The New York Times.
- She writes that she was holding Archie when she knew something was wrong. "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second."
Meghan Markle has written a heartbreaking op-ed for the The New York Times, revealing she suffered a miscarriage earlier this year.
"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."
The Duchess of Sussex shares one-year-old Archie with Prince Harry – they are currently staying in Santa Barbara after their exit from the royal firm.
The Duchess of Sussex writes candidly of her time in South Africa in the op-ed, speaking of how a journalist, Tom Bradby, asking if she's okay meant so much.
"I answered him honestly," she writes, "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."
She says: "Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realised that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, "Are you OK?"
Meghan goes on to talk about the heartbreaking year that 2020 has been amid the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and speaks of the lingering grief of losing a child.
"Let us commit to asking others, "Are you OK?" As much as we may disagree, as physically distanced as we may be, the truth is that we are more connected than ever because of all we have individually and collectively endured this year," she writes.
"Are we OK?" she asks. "We will be."
Read the full essay here.