Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are often treated extremely harshly by the press, especially compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Is the reason…racism?! Probably. It might partly be the fact that they made the decision to step out of the spotlight to a certain extent. That is a huge step away from the traditional role of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Whatever the reason, it's completely inappropriate, especially in response to an op-ed Markle published in the New York Times this week. In her piece, Markle reveals that she miscarried this year, losing her second child.
"I felt a sharp cramp," she wrote, saying it came on while she was changing her son's diaper. "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."
Markle says she knew then that things had gone wrong.
"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand," she continued. "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."
Markle joins Chrissy Teigen as a high-profile person sharing their personal grief very publicly. Teigen also got a lot of backlash for posting pictures of herself crying, but these comments gathered by Twitter user @LadyLilith from people about Markle's article are still shocking:
If these trolls actually read the whole article, they might understand why Markle chose to share the grief she and Prince Harry were having. Through their experience, they realized how many people are going through this alone:
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.
That's much like was Teigen said in her essay on the same subject. And at least some people seem to get it and are defending their princess:
There is a huge difference between being hounded by the press and sharing your own story about an issue that is important to you. Markle was very generous to share something so personal to help others going through the same thing all alone.