Meghan Markle has described Prince Harry’s heartbreak after she suffered a miscarriage.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, revealed she lost her second child in July in a deeply personal piece for The New York Times.
She felt a “sharp cramp” while changing son Archie’s diaper before dropping to the floor at her former home in Los Angeles.
Meghan later described her experience in hospital with Harry, and how the couple could begin to heal.
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.
“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.
“My off-the-cuff reply seemed to give people permission to speak their truth. But it wasn’t responding honestly that helped me most, it was the question itself.”
She added: "Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realised that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, '"Are you OK?'"
A source close to Meghan told the BBC that she is in good health.
They said the couple had taken some time to process the tragedy and now want to speak about it publicly.
Meghan said she has shared her own pain to "take the first steps towards healing".
She added: "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.
"In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage.
"Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning."