Meghan Markle has penned a heartbreaking essay about loss for The New York Times, where she revealed she suffered a miscarriage earlier this year.
As well as being very candid about the taboo subject that affects 10 to 20 women in every 100, Meghan went on to speak about loss in general and paid tribute to Breonna Taylor and George Floyd - two victims of police brutality in the US.
She wrote: "A young woman named Breonna Taylor goes to sleep, just as she’s done every night before, but she doesn’t live to see the morning because a police raid turns horribly wrong.
"George Floyd leaves a convenience store, not realizing he will take his last breath under the weight of someone’s knee, and in his final moments, calls out for his mom. Peaceful protests become violent. Health rapidly shifts to sickness. In places where there was once community, there is now division."
Revealing details of her own loss this year, Meghan said she found out she had lost her second child in July. She was holding baby Archie at the moment, and was taken to hospital by Harry, where they both found out the terrible news.
"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."
Mariana is the editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for titles including Woman&Home and GoodtoKnow, covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She’s mildly obsessed with reality TV (Love Island memes included) and Gilmore Girls. In her spare time, she spends far too much time checking her horoscope and figuring out the perfect curly hair routine.
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