SUPPORT OUR JOURNALISM: Please consider donating to keep our website running and free for all - thank you!

The Sussexes

The Duchess of Sussex reveals she has had a miscarriage

Charlie Proctor/Royal Central

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage earlier in the year.

Writing in the New York Times, Meghan wrote: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

Meghan said that “loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020”.

It was in July this year when the Duchess felt a “sharp cramp” and was admitted to hospital.

Hours later, she watched “my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine”.

Meghan wrote: “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.

“Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.

“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.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child, Archie, in May 2019.

If you need support or someone to talk to because of miscarriage or child loss, there are many organisations offering help including The Miscarriage Association, Sands and Tommy’s.