Grieving parents flood Meghan Markle and Harry with support after miscarriage

Grieving parents who have suffered miscarriages have been sharing their heartbreak in the wake of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s devastating announcement.

The Duchess of Sussex today revealed she and Prince Harry suffered a miscarriage over the summer in an essay for the New York Times.

Meghan said she held her first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, and felt a "sharp cramp" and "knew" right then she was losing her second child.

In the essay, Meghan states: "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second."

After the article was shared, Prince Harry and Meghan received a floor of support, with thousands taking to social media to send their condolences.

Matt Haig and television star Lorraine Kelly were among those inspired to share their own stories of loss.

Mr Haig said: "My wife went through a miscarriage two years ago.

"We were in Australia and felt alone. It was so traumatic.

"To grieve a future that wasn’t there. It also felt difficult to talk about. A strange taboo. It is so healthy and healing when anyone talks about this topic so openly."

Lorraine said: "Just seeing this this morning, it was almost exactly the same.

"What really helped me was obviously being able to talk to you and being able to talk to other people and also Rosie, because she was only about six.

"And I know that she's a lot younger than that, but that will really help having another child to focus on."

In her own piece, Meghan described her experience in hospital with Harry, and how the couple have began to heal from the experience.

She wrote: "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.

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"Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.

"I recalled a moment last year when Harry and I were finishing up a long tour in South Africa. I was exhausted. I was breastfeeding our infant son, and I was trying to keep a brave face in the very public eye.

"Are you OK?” a journalist asked me. I answered him honestly, not knowing that what I said would resonate with so many — new moms and older ones, and anyone who had, in their own way, been silently suffering."

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