Meghan Markle, 39, has been praised for writing a candid piece detailing the heartbreaking experience of losing her and Prince Harry’s second baby after she had a miscarriage in July. The Duchess’s article for the New York Times touched on the “almost unbearable grief” she felt at having lost her child.
The Duchess hoped that by sharing her story she might be able to remove some of the stigma which exists around pregnancy loss to this day.
While one in four pregnancies in the UK end in miscarriage it is a topic that many still consider taboo.
Meghan’s brave article makes her the third royal to open up about difficult pregnancy experiences in recent years.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike revealed they suffered two miscarriages before their second daughter Lena’s birth in 2018.
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Sophie has since been made patron of the air ambulance charity that saved her life and often does work to support them.
In a statement announcing the Countess’s patronage on January 21, 2019, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Charity said: “Having personally benefited from its expert crew in 2001, the countess knows only too well how every day, anyone in the community could be in urgent need of the organisation’s vital emergency service.”
In 2003 Sophie and Prince Edward welcomed their first child to the world Lady Louise Windsor, 16.
Sophie and Prince Edward’s youngest son James, Viscount Severn, 12, was born in 2007.
In 2016, Zara Tindall revealed that her second pregnancy, following the birth of her first daughter Mia, six, had ended in miscarriage.
The mother of two later opened up about having suffered a second miscarriage in an interview with the Sunday Times in 2018.
Zara said: “I think you need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw.
“But, as with everything, time’s a great healer.”
Zara touch on the difficulty of making her first miscarriage known to the public.
She said: “In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, ‘This one’s not right.’
“I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along.”