The Duchess, Meghan Markle has been praised by several celebrities and figures around the world for her honesty and braveness after she recently revealed that she had a miscarriage, something that is often seen as a taboo topic for some.
Even though millions of women around the globe suffer miscarriages every year, Meghan Markle talking about it openly has stirred up a general discussion across the globe about the topic, which in some cultures is considered a taboo.
The Duchess’ story became a widespread topic after her sensitive essay, “The Losses We Share,” with the tag line: “Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK?” topped number one on the Times’ online top 20 “Most Popular” stories on Wednesday, hours after it was published.
The “OK” reference harks back to Meghan’s controversial lament, in a September 2019 TV interview, that no one bothered to ask if she were “OK” following the May 2019 birth of their son, Archie Harrison Windsor-Mountbatten, a gruelling 10-day tour of Southern Africa and months of British tabloid mocking and racist vitriol on social media.
Meghan’s essay brought out very personal confidences on social media.
“When I had a miscarriage, I remember scouring the internet for articles by women who had been through the same thing. Because reading that you’re not alone is helpful and it’s comforting. So thank you to Meghan Markle for writing about something so difficult,” tweeted Anita Singh, an arts and entertainment editor at the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
When I had a miscarriage, I remember scouring the internet for articles by women who had been through the same thing. Because reading that you’re not alone is helpful and it’s comforting. So thank you to Meghan Markle for writing about something so difficult — Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) November 25, 2020
The British pregnancy-loss charity, Tommy’s, which funds fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, approved of Meghan’s openness.
“Thank you, Meghan, for #breakingthesilence,” the charity tweeted.
“It’s incredibly brave of Meghan to share her experience… Maybe this will make it easier for women (and men) to talk about it and vent their heartache,” tweeted another user called Yvaine.
Zev Williams, a fertility doctor and director of Columbia University Fertility Center, said pregnancy loss is common – about one in four pregnancies will end in a loss – but too rarely discussed.
“When public figures share their experiences it does go a long way towards removing the unfortunate stigma,” Williams told USA TODAY. “I commend the Duchess of Sussex for her bravery in sharing her experience. Hopefully, it will help the many couples who have had a loss feel less isolated and alone.”
Meghan Markle has received praise for her miscarriage essay
As Charlie Proctor, editor of the Royal Central website that covers all things royal points out in his own essay, Meghan is not the first royal in recent years to suffer pregnancy loss or to speak out about it.
Harry’s cousin, Zara Phillips Tindall, Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest granddaughter and the mother of two girls, experienced two miscarriages, in 2016 and in 2018. Tindall, 39, did not write a personal essay for publication, but she spoke about the losses in a 2018 interview with the Sunday Times in London, describing the trauma of losing two babies before giving birth to her second daughter, Lena, 2.
While Meghan’s essay was welcomed, Proctor noted the “alarmingly large amount of criticism” of her for alleged hypocrisy for demanding more privacy in the past. There was no such criticism of Zara and Mike Tindall, only an outpouring of support, he wrote.
“There can be no reason for the stark contrast in reaction to two different women suffering miscarriages other than racism,” Proctor asserted. “When a young white royal suffers from this terrible event, she is a hero for talking about it publicly and is sent all of the love in the world. When a young black royal suffers from the same misfortune, she is embarrassing and is asking for intrusion and publicity.”
The former Meghan Markle, an American ex-actress, is biracial: Her mother is black, her father is white.
Of course, it’s possible that other royal women of the past have suffered miscarriages and never said a word about it, especially in the 19th century and early 20th century when the royal press operations could barely stomach using the word “pregnant” in relation to the queen, now 94, and the mother of four.
Meghan is not the only celebrity to go public recently about losing a pregnancy in the early months: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend mourned on social media when they lost a baby at the end of September after announcing they were pregnant with a third child in August.
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