Meghan Markle wrote a deeply personal and courageous account of the suffering of a miscarriage.
In a powerful article for The New York Times entitled " The Losses We Share ", the Duchess of Sussex revealed that she had lost her second child in July.
The text began with a description of a typical morning looking after Archie, Meghan wrote: "After changing my diaper, I felt a strong cramp. I fell on the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us calm, the melody cheerfully contrasted sharply with my feeling that something was not right. I knew, as I grabbed my first child, that I was missing the second. "
The Duchess, 39, was taken to the hospital, where she held Prince Harry's hand. "I felt the wetness of your palm and kissed your fingers, wet from our tears," she wrote. "Looking at the cold, white walls, my eyes went glassy. I tried to imagine how we would heal."
Describing it as "an almost unbearable pain experienced by many, but spoken by a few," Meghan said that despite the "striking resemblance to that pain," talking about abortion remains largely taboo. "Feeling ashamed (unjustified) and perpetuating a cycle of lonely mourning," she said.
The Duchess took the difficult steps to share her story in the hope that others would be less afraid to do the same. She also hopes that by encouraging others to listen, the burden will be lightened for those who are suffering.
Looking back, when she was hospitalized in July, Meghan recalled the moment last September, when the Sussex were finishing their royal trip through southern Africa. "I was exhausted," she wrote. "I was breastfeeding our young son and trying to keep a brave face in the public eye."
She continued: "Sitting on a hospital bed, watching my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to start healing is to ask, 'Are you okay?'" A truly moving account.