The Duchess of Sussex, 39, bravely opened up about the loss of her second child while pregnant in July in a heartbreaking letter written for The New York Times last week.
But the tragedy may have had a silver lining as it allegedly helped bring the four together amid reports of growing tension between the two brothers.
The two have reportedly stopped talking for months after Prince Harry and Meghan announced they would step back from the royal family earlier this year, according to insiders.
Royal expert and Kate: The Future Queen author Katie Nicholl said OK! : “I am told that William and Kate were in contact with Harry and Meghan when this happened in July. The whole family reached out to offer support.
“I don’t know if the Royal Family knew they were about to go public with this, but they would think it was an extremely courageous thing to do.
“I think a situation like this will help heal divisions and bring family together. Difficult times like this encourage communication. ”
In her letter, the Duchess described how she felt a cramp in her stomach. “I knew, hugging my firstborn, that I was losing my second.
“Hours later, I lay down on a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the wetness of her palm and kissed her knuckles, wet from our two tears.
“Looking at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we were going to heal.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but which few people talk about,” she added.
This has turned out to be a disappointing year for the royal family, after Prince Charles, 71, fell ill with Covid-19 in March and was forced to self-isolate for seven days.
Author of the recent Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom – which details the tensions between the brothers – Omid Scobie told OK !: “I know Harry and William had many private conversations when their father was sick with Covid.
“Likewise with Meghan’s miscarriage, it’s understandable that this tragedy causes the quartet to keep in touch and check each other out. ”
The Duchess is not the first royal to denounce a miscarriage.
Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall suffered two baby losses before welcoming her second child with husband Mike Tindall in 2018.
And Prince Edward’s wife Sophie Wessex suffered a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy in 2001.
Katie Nicholl said OK! that while the royal family’s traditional mantra has long been ‘never complain, never explain’, Meghan is a shining example of how comfortable the younger generation is in expressing their vulnerability.
“The young royals have really changed the public perception. We saw William and Harry discussing mental health and Kate opening up about the challenges of motherhood.
“Young royals are realizing the importance of raising awareness about issues that can impact anyone. Meghan has always championed the issues that matter to her.
“She will have been aware of the impact her letter will have and will have hoped that she can help other women in difficulty. ”
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe added: “The royal tradition was changed by William and Harry.
“They are speaking openly and Meghan should also be applauded for speaking out. Using his platform to discuss things like losing a baby, which are so often surrounded by a stigma of silence, is courageous.
And Katie adds that the Duchess’s determination to help others is reminiscent of Harry’s late mother, Diana.
“Meghan is a lot like Diana in that she’s not afraid to show her human side and talk about issues that are important to her.
Baby loss charity midwife SophieKing Tommy said : “Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy is one of the most heartbreaking things. Mothers like Meghan sharing their stories is a vital step in breaking down stigma and shame.
Her open-mindedness sends a powerful message to anyone who loses a baby: It can seem incredibly lonely, but you are not alone. ”
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