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Experts said her openness would help break down the stigma over discussing pregnancy and baby loss.

By Kimberly Truong
Nov 25, 2020 @ 10:25 am
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Meghan Markle's revelation that she suffered a miscarriage earlier this year is already having a profound impact on people.

Hours after her essay was published in the New York Times, people praised the Duchess of Sussex for her openness about her grief, and about an experience that many people often go through in silence.

On Twitter, writer Roxane Gay commended the "excellent and moving and sad" piece, while Monica Lewinsky tweeted the article, writing, "a private pain shared publicly may not help you, but it helps someone."

Ruth Bender Atik, national director of the Miscarriage Association, which offers support services in the U.K., told New York Times that the duchess was "generous" to share experience, adding, "It can be very validating for people to hear the kind of feelings they’ve experienced are experienced by other people, too — no matter what their status is."

The duchess is the latest public figure to speak out about experiencing miscarriage; in October, Chrissy Teigen wrote an essay about her pregnancy loss.

"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," Meghan wrote in her essay. "Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning."