Meghan Markle Recounts the Heart-wrenching Moment She Knew She Was Having a Miscarriage: ‘Something Was Not Right’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have done their best to avoid the media spotlight — which often shined a harsh, critical light on the royals. However, Meghan recently took the power back into her own hands, sharing a deeply personal story in her own words.

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The Duchess of Sussex recently published her very own New York Times opinion piece, in which she revealed a heartbreaking story that sadly, many women will be able to relate to: a miscarriage.

She was caring for her son Archie one morning in July 2020, when it happened.

“After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp,” Meghan wrote. “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.” There was no doubt in her mind what had occurred.

“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan continued. She went on to explain how she and Harry dealt with the immediate aftermath:

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.

At age 38, the Duchess of Sussex had a miscarriage

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex on Oct. 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australi | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

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We live in an ever-changing world — one in which celebrities like Chrissy Teigen are able to share their traumatic childbirth experiences openly on the internet. Still, given Meghan’s history with the press, this OpEd piece must have taken the utmost bravery.

“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote in The New York Times. Meghan continued on the stigma surrounding the topic:

In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.

She also commented on how everyone living in this world in 2020 has been dealing with some kind of pain or grief. Meghan wrote about COVID-19 and Breonna Taylor; we’ve all been through so much.

However, the Duchess hopes that sharing her story will help other people in her situation feel solace.

“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,” Meghan explained. “… In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing.”