PRINCE Harry encouraged Meghan Markle to open up on her tragic miscarriage to help other families dealing with similar pain, it is claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex bravely wrote about losing her baby back in July and her “almost unbearable grief” this week, with her husband persuading her to pen the emotional essay.
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According to Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, Harry said Meghan’s honest account would help other families going through the same thing.
“Harry said (to Meghan) ‘I think you should write about this miscarriage because if we can help another family going through this then it is a reason to do it’,” Katie told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.
“That is why they did it. You look at Harry and some of the things that he has said you would never expect from a senior royal.
“When have we ever read a royal write like that? I thought it was incredibly brave.”
Katie added that going through the anguish of the miscarriage has brought Meghan and Harry closer together.
And the Queen’s former Press Secretary, Dickie Arbiter, also praised Meghan for writing about her ordeal.
He said: “I think it [Meghan talking about the miscarriage] is very important.
“There are certain things that happen today with people that in the past we would never have talked about.
“I think Meghan talking about it raises the issues about miscarriages that there are tens of thousands every year and a lot of them are kept under wraps in the family and the mother does undergo tremendous agony over it and mental anguish.
“By talking about it, it can elevate the problem of where the mother that has miscarried can go seek help and not be ashamed of it.”
In the moving piece, Meghan wrote: “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.”
Since the piece was published, a source close to the Duchess of Sussex confirmed Meghan is currently in “good health”.
The source said the couple had taken time to process what happened and made the decision to talk about it publicly after realising how common miscarriages are.
In October, the couple cooed over their son Archie – saying the toddler kept them “on their toes” during the lockdown.
And Meghan touched on the decision to speak publicly about the tragedy in the personal essay, saying miscarriage was still a taboo subject which led to a “cycle of solitary mourning”.
The former actress said she wanted to encourage people to ask “are you OK?” this holiday season.
In the touching essay, she added: “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?'”
Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House said they would not comment as it was “a deeply personal matter”. But a royal source said: “There is understandable sadness in the family.”
Earlier, Katie told the BBC that Prince Harry had been supported by his family in the UK.
She said: “The royal family were very supportive about it. They were aware of what had happened.
“Harry was in constant touch with them over the summer and they knew what they were going through.
“My understanding is they’ve been supported by the royal family on this episode.”
Also on the Royal Beat, Dickie said Netflix series The Crown should carry a warning before each episode, explaining that events had been dramatised, so that viewers don’t confuse it with the truth.
He also says The Crown’s portrayal of a ‘Balmoral Test’ for visitors to the Queen’s summer residence is “total claptrap” and criticised the programme for giving the impression that Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales never had a good relationship.
Dickie said: “We are talking about a health warning at the beginning. A written health warning is no good.
“It has to be a spoken health warning at the beginning to make sure people actually take it in. There has to be a proper warning at the beginning – verbal!”
On the so-called ‘Balmoral Test’ portrayed in The Crown, Arbiter said: “What a load of claptrap! Nobody is put on test. Before anyone goes to Balmoral, they are briefed on what takes place and what clothes to take.
“Not how to behave, as it’s expected that you will use common sense. Margaret Thatcher would have no way gone out in her heels.”
Arbiter disagrees with the impression conveyed by The Crown that Charles and Diana never had a good relationship.
He said: “I remember going on tour just after they got married in 1981 and she was the first Princess of Wales in about 80 years, so it was a big deal.
“They couldn’t keep their hands off each other! Charles used to pat her bum regularly! There were times when he would even squeeze it, even in Australia.
“There was a relationship from the beginning. There was genuine love and happiness there.”
And speaking about Meghan’s court case against Associated Newspapers, Arbiter said: “Having on the first instance said there was no cooperation [with the Finding Freedom biography] and then coming out and saying there was cooperation from them, you have to ask yourself what else is a lie.”
This episode of The Royal Beat will be available on Saturday November 28 on True Royalty TV.
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