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Meghan Markle opens up about suffering a miscarriage

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In the touching essay, she added: "Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, 'Are you OK?"' The duchess referenced the interview she gave in South Africa when ITV journalist Tom Bradby asked her if she was OK.


In the touching essay, she added: "Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, 'Are you OK?"' The duchess referenced the interview she gave in South Africa when ITV journalist Tom Bradby asked her if she was OK. At the time, she struggled to hold back tears, saying: "Thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I'm OK." And in the New York Times essay, Meghan spoke of the importance of sharing pain, saying "together we can take the first steps towards healing." Meghan wrote: "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.

The couple married in 2018 (Image: Getty Images)

She wrote: "I knew, as I clutched my first born child, that I was losing my second." Meghan then recalled being in a hospital bed holding her husband Prince Harry's hand, wet from all their tears.

"Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning." She added: "Some have bravely shared their stories; they have opened the door, knowing that when one person speaks truth, it gives license for all of us to do the same.

She said :' 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.

She wrote: "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 cited an astonishing statistic that in a room of 100 women around 10 to 20 of them will have suffered a miscarriage, and yet it still remains a "taboo" topic.

Meghan Markle said the miscarriage had caused her and husband Prince Harry ‘unbearable grief’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple Recalling the devastating morning in July, the duchess said she had been looking after her son Archie, who would have been about 14-months-old at the time, when she felt a "sharp cramp".

"I wish I could go back and ask my cab driver to pull over." Meghan pointed out that, in this new world of coronavirus lockdown and separation from loved ones, certain moments of pain and sadness might go unnoticed, because there is no one stopping to ask if you are OK.

In a heartbreaking personal essay for The New York Times, Meghan Markle said the tragic loss had caused her and husband Prince Harry 'unbearable grief '.

Shortly after the miscarriage in July, the duke and duchess embarked on a tour of South Africa.

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.