Bereaved parents have praised the Duchess of Sussex after she bravely opened up about the pain of losing her second child.
Meghan Markle penned an emotional opinion piece for The New York Times where she revealed she and the Duke of Sussex had suffered a miscarriage.
Meghan who welcomed Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019, says she and Prince Harry lost their child in July.
Speaking about the "unbearable grief", Meghan has been widely praised for speaking about her grief and raising awareness.
Dozens of ECHO readers offered their sympathies to the royal couple, with some mums praising Meghan for speaking about her pain.
Stacy Kettle wrote: "I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.
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"I applaud her for speaking about it, yes they said they wanted privacy but sharing details on such a heartbreaking event is raising awareness for other people who have or will go through this.
"I felt so alone when I went through it and it wasn’t until I had [spoke about it] that friends and people I knew told me they had also gone through it. I wish women would talk about it more so we know it’s unfortunately more common than we think and that we aren't alone. So sorry for their loss."
Joanne Evison-Guest wrote: "My first pregnancy was twins, which I miscarried. You never forget the pain and the guilt. I did go on to have identical twin boys and then later on a daughter. It's very sad for all concerned."
Angela Cavanagh said: "Such sad news. I lost my second baby 20 years ago and I can still remember how heart broken I was, it destroyed me.
"I never thought I'd have another baby as I couldn't bare to go through that pain again, but I did 13 years later and had twins. I wish them well."
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Speaking to the duchess, Chloe Chara wrote: "My heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my son on the 10th of May this year, I was just over 14 weeks pregnant."
And Lauren Lolly Mulhall said Meghan was "very brave" for raising awareness on such an important issue.
She wrote: "I also lost my second baby to miscarriage and I can tell you the absolute heartbreak of not only losing your baby, but also being trapped inside your own thoughts blaming yourself, wondering if there was something you could of done differently.
"Too scared to tell friends and family how you’re feeling because you don’t want to burden them with your sorrow. If this raises awareness for other mothers & fathers going through this then good on her. Very brave."
If you have been affected by any of the details mentioned in this story there are people who can help you.
Most people grieve when they lose something or someone important to them.
The way grief affects you depends on lots of things, including what kind of loss you have suffered, your upbringing, your beliefs or religion, your age, your relationships, and your physical and mental health.
Grieving is a totally normal process but there are way to get help if you need support.
Your GP is a good place to start. They can give you advice about other support services, refer you to a counsellor, or prescribe medication if needed.
Or you can contact support organisations directly, such as Cruse Bereavement Care (0808 808 1677) Samaritans (116 123) or Love Jasmine.
Sharing her story, Meghan Markle wrote: "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."
Meghan added: "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”