If you’re a Meghan Markle fan, you already know she’s royalty in our eyes. If not, here’s a quick recap: She’s an American actress who met the most eligible bachelor in the world and fell hard for him. They sparked a love story that became an international sensation when Harry took her as his bride in 2018.
She spends most of her time jet-setting with Harry but still manages to make headlines on her own every now and again with outrageous comments or majorly charitable acts. But there was one headline we’d really like to forget about: In December 2016, Kensington Palace released news that Meghan miscarried at five months pregnant—and she had been keeping it private.
Here are 5 things you might not know about Meghan Markle’s miscarriage.
The tragedy happened when she was hiding her pregnancy from the public.
The palace announced Meghan’s pregnancy in October 2018, but before that, no one knew she was expecting it! Her due date is estimated to be around April 2019, and according to most estimates, this means she had her five-month miscarriage sometime in January or February 2017. This timeline is backed up by what Kensington Palace said at the time: “The couple decided to keep the news private until after the first trimester.” Meghan likely kept it hidden because of her filming schedule for Suits, which would have made it challenging to continue shooting while pregnant (and obviously, she wanted to protect her privacy).
Meghan’s miscarriage was so early on that it didn’t even show up on an ultrasound.
After the tragedy happened, Kensington Palace said Markle “was admitted to hospital with Hyperemesis Gravidarum.” The palace added, “As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness).” This means the only way for anyone to know about Meghan’s miscarriage is if they saw her in the hospital. And no one did—because it probably didn’t happen at a major medical center. She may have miscarried very early on; according to WebMD, some women miscarry before a pregnancy test can even detect a hormone in their urine. This would be extra tough for Meghan because she was already suffering from morning sickness and not eating properly.
A few months after she miscarried, Markle opened up about the experience to Vanity Fair
Although Kensington Palace said Meghan suffered severe morning sickness during her pregnancy—which is often caused by severe dehydration, which is what causes your pee to turn yellow—that’s not how it works with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (the more serious form of morning sickness). “Everyone experiences [morning sickness] differently,” Tia Falcone-Parker, who has experienced both forms of the condition, told Self. “I had extreme morning sickness—but not to the point of being hospitalized. I was so upset at the whole world, but you can manage it.” Meghan had to manage it while shooting Suits, which is why she was so secretive about her pregnancy in the first place and so sick.
Markle’s mom Doria Ragland was reportedly by her side when she miscarried
Meghan hardly lets us get to know anything about her life before the royal family, so it should come as no surprise that even something tragic like a miscarriage is kept private. But Kensington Palace did reveal one key piece of information: Meghan was with her mother when she had her miscarriage. Luckily, Markle has an incredibly supportive parent in Doria. The Los Angeles Times reported that Ragland “was with Meghan at the time” of the miscarriage and stayed in Toronto (Markle’s hometown) for several weeks after. It’s not 100 percent clear how much Meghan let Doria in on what happened; during an interview on Prince Harry’s Radio 1 game show, Doria addressed the question by saying she would never discuss what happened next to Meghan.
The couple reportedly struggled with fertility issues after the miscarriage
It’s not surprising that Meghan and Harry were so secretive about their pregnancy; according to Vanity Fair, they had trouble conceiving after her miscarriage. “When I saw her shortly afterward, it was clear that this was a woman who had just suffered a huge loss,” Rebecca English said of seeing Markle at Kensington Palace in December 2016. “This is why they told no one.” After all, how do you announce to everyone that you’re pregnant when your baby is gone?
It’s interesting to note that Meghan Markle was hospitalized twice during her first pregnancy, which is something that happens with 1 percent of pregnant women. She also experienced intense morning sickness and—if she miscarried very early on—she may not have even known she was expecting. And finally, the couple reportedly struggled with fertility issues after her tragic loss. One thing is for sure there are a lot of similarities between Markle and Kate Middleton. We’re sending all our positive thoughts to the Duchess of Sussex as we continue to wait for another royal baby announcement.