Meghan Markle discloses miscarriage in a candid op-ed urging compassion

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, announced that she had a miscarriage over the summer in a notable New York Times published on Wednesday. "Losing a child means suffering an almost unbearable grief experienced by many, but of which few speak," she wrote, adding, "despite the amazing commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, full of (unjustified) Shame and perpetuates a cycle of lonely grief. "
Markle's comment follows Chrissy Teigen's essay on her September miscarriage, but while Teigen and her husband John Legend often tell stories of their personal and family lives, the British royal family keeps a known tight lid on private matters.
Markle, 39, and her husband, Prince Harry, stepped down from office in January and now live more or less quietly in California with their 1-year-old son Archie. "After I changed his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp," she writes in her comment, describing what an otherwise "ordinary" July morning had been. "I knew when I was clutching my firstborn child that I was losing my second. Hours later, I was lying in a hospital bed holding my husband's hand and watching his heart break as he tried to hold my broken pieces." "
From COVID-19 to the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd to the deep divisions that have gone on, the Duchess turned her private grief into a major ruminating in a year that "has brought so many of us to our breaking points" the US has broken up into isolated factions and individuals. “This polarization, coupled with the social isolation required to fight this pandemic, has left us alone more than ever,” writes Markle, and she kept returning to a question that could save us: “Are you okay ? "
"This Thanksgiving Day, as we are planning a vacation that is unparalleled - many of us are separated from loved ones, alone, sick, scared, divided, and may have trouble finding something to be thankful for - let us ask others: 'Are you okay?' "Markle writes and suggests that when we do and when we really see each other, it will be us." Read her in the New York Times.
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