Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex writing in an op-ed for the New York Times, confirms that she had a miscarriage in July earlier this year.
However, the duke and duchess had not announced that they were expecting a second child.
In the piece, titled “The Loses We Share,” Meghan Markle wrote she felt a “sharp cramp” one morning as she was changing Archie’s diaper.
“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,” she added.
“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, The Duchess of Sussex added.
“This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points. Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020, in moments both fraught and debilitating,” she wrote.
“Losing a child means carrying 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 a miscarriage.
“Yet, despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning,” the 39-year-old added.
Meghan and Prince Harry’s first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born in May 2019.
The couple had moved to California earlier this year in January after stepping back as senior royals.