This post deals with miscarriage and might be triggering for some readers.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has opened up about a miscarriage she suffered earlier this year.
In a heartfelt personal essay for The New York Times, Markle explained the moment she knew she was losing her second child after experiencing a cramp back in July.
"After changing [Archie's] diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. 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.
"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.
"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."
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The 39-year-old went on to recall a now well-known interview last year where she was asked the simple question: "Are you OK?" The interview took place after her and Prince Harry finished up a tour in South Africa which left her "exhausted" and was the first time the duchess admitted she was struggling to cope behind the scenes.
"I was breastfeeding our infant son, and I was trying to keep a brave face in the very public eye," Markle wrote.
Then referring back to her miscarriage, she draws a poignant comparison.
"Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heartbreak 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?'"
"Are we? This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points. Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020, in moments both fraught and debilitating."
She went on to say that while losing a child is sadly a common experience, it's one that is still not talked about nearly enough.