Meghan Markle had a miscarriage during the summer and shared details to 'shine a light' on the grieving process

The Duchess of Sussex wrote an emotional opinion piece about her miscarriage for the New York Times

Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle has revealed that she miscarried her second child with Prince Harry. The sad news was revealed in a New York Times opinion piece, written by the Duchess.

• Meghan, who gave birth to her first son, Archie, last May with Prince Harry said that losing a child means carrying an 'unbearable grief'  
• She wrote the emotional first-hand account of suffering a miscarriage for the New York publication
• In other royal news the Queen has been given the go-ahead to create an adventure playground at Sandringham

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during one of their final engagements

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Meghan has revealed she suffered the miscarriage on an ordinary day, as she was changing her first child Archie, who was born last year.

However, she instantly knew what had happened: "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.

"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."

The piece for the US newspaper, titled The Losses we Share, reflects how we have all lost something this year. She reflects on how many people have lost loved ones because of the pandemic and also writes about the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the article, she revealed: "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few."

The Duchess believes that miscarriage is not spoken about enough, clarifying she wanted to share her story to shine a light on the grieving process that many women go through every year.

She went on to write, in the article which lands close to Thanksgiving weekend in America, how we all need to ask each other the simple words, 'Are you OK?'

Meghan, who married Prince Harry in May 2018, moved with her husband and son Archie to California earlier this year, giving up their titles as senior royals and ending their royal duties. 

Sarah Finley
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