On Thanksgiving eve, The New York Times published Meghan Markle's very personal and profound column on a tragic event in her life. In her candid, heartbreaking essay, the Duchess admitted that she and Prince Harry lost their second child in July 2020.
“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.
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.”
In addition to this frank confession, Megan raised an important issue about the feelings of women who have experienced a miscarriage, and also urged all people to speak openly about their experiences, endured grief, not to be afraid to share their feelings and take care of each other.
“In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing.”