The Duchess of Sussex revealed last week she had a miscarriage in July and felt an “almost unbearable grief”. TV presenter, Lorraine Kelly, said it will not have been easy for the Duchess to open up about her loss.
Writing in The Sun, Ms Kelly said: “She and Harry were obviously devastated to lose their baby and Meghan described the pain and anguish in a way that will resonate with everyone who has gone through such an ordeal.”
The Duchess gave her account of the miscarriage in an article for the New York Times.
She wrote: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
The Duchess added how she watched Prince Harry’s “heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine”.
She shared her traumatic experience to urge people to “commit to asking others, ‘are you OK?'”.
The Duchess explained how “loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020”.
Ms Kelly wrote: “It’s sad to think of Meghan and Harry later ending up in a hospital room holding hands and trying to deal with their unbearable grief.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are a prince or a pauper, wealth and status don’t shield you from the suffering that comes with such a terrible loss.”
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Ms Kelly explained how a medic had told her at the time that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage.
Despite how common miscarriages are, the Duchess highlighted how the topic remains “taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning”.
The Duchess added: “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.”
Ms Kelly said she found it “incredibly sad” that couples feel they have to mourn in solitude.
She added that she “would dearly have hoped things would have changed since my miscarriage two decades ago.”
Ms Kelly praised the Duchess for shining a light on the topic and opening up the conversation about something that has affected many other women.
She wrote: “By speaking openly and in such an accessible way, Meghan has made it easier for people to talk about their experiences, and for everyone else to be a lot more understanding about something so sad and misunderstood.”
Ms Kelly added: “It won’t have been easy for Meghan to open up about something so personal, but she knows every word she utters gains global attention and has an enormous impact.
“She’s used her high profile in a really positive way and I applauded her courage.
“Meghan and Harry’s experience has shown us you never know what is going on in other people’s lives, nor in their marriages.”