Many women suffer pregnancy loss, but it’s often a taboo subject. Many women never tell anyone about the pain and grief they feel after a miscarriage. 

Some famous women have been coming forward to share their pregnancy loss experiences in an effort to make the subject less taboo. For example, Carrie Underwood discussed her miscarriage experience in an interview, and Chrissy Teigen shared photos from the hospital when she realized her baby was not going to survive.

Now, Meghan Markle is coming forward to share her experience with miscarriage. The Duchess of Sussex wrote an op-ed titled “The Losses We Share” that was published by The New York Times. She wrote about the moment she knew she was losing the pregnancy with her second child.

It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib. After changing his 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. 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. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

This op-ed is the first time most people are finding out that Meghan was even pregnant, but according to ET Online, Prince Harry, discussed the experience with the British royal family before Meghan’s op-ed was published.

Even though the couple stepped down as senior royals and moved to California, they felt that it was important to let Harry’s family know what Meghan was writing about before it became public knowledge. 

Watch the video below for more about Meghan’s experience.

According to a friend of the couple, “There’s a tone of hopefulness and optimism at the end of the article which I think shows where they are today. They are doing well.”

Markle wrote in her op-ed that she and Prince Harry learned “that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage” yet hardly any women talk about the experience. She believes this needs to change.

Did you know miscarriage was so common? Do you think the subject of miscarriage and pregnancy loss should be less taboo?