Meghan Markle revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, sharing her experience to help others.
In an emotional opinion piece published in The New York Times, the Duchess of Sussex wrote that she “knew, as I clutched my firstborn son, that I was losing my second.”
The 39-year old wrote that one morning she felt a sharp cramp while changing her son’s diaper, and while humming a lullaby to try to keep both her child and herself calm, realized that she was having a miscarriage. Hours later in the hospital, she shared that while holding her husband’s hand, her “eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”
Markle said she wrote the piece to help break the silence around a phenomenon that is “experienced by many but talked about by few.” Between 10 to 20 women in a room of 100 will have suffered from miscarriage “yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo,” wrote Markle, “perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”
In sharing her story, Markle hopes to give license to others to do the same. “In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing,” she wrote, asking that this Thanksgiving, people commit themselves to reaching out and asking others if they are doing okay. “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.”