Sophie Wessex & Edward spoke of tragic pregnancy loss paving way for Meghan and Harry


MEGHAN MARKLE has spoken out about the devastating experience of losing her second child to a miscarriage in July. The Duchess is not the first royal to share their pregnancy loss experience as Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward previously opened up about their traumatic pregnancy loss too.

The Duchess hoped that by sharing her story she might be able to remove some of the stigma which exists around pregnancy loss to this day.

While one in four pregnancies in the UK end in miscarriage it is a topic that many still consider taboo.

Meghan’s brave article makes her the third royal to open up about difficult pregnancy experiences in recent years.

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike revealed they suffered two miscarriages before their second daughter Lena’s birth in 2018.

Sophie Wessex & Edward

Sophie Wessex & Edward spoke of tragic pregnancy loss paving way for Meghan and Harry (Image: GETTY)

Sophie Wessex & Edward

Sophie Wessex & Edward: Sophie suffered a near-fatal ectopic pregnancy in 2001 (Image: GETTY)

In 2001, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward had a traumatic experience during Sophie’s first pregnancy which could have been fatal

The Countess was 37 at the time and had a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy and had to be rushed to hospital to receive emergency surgery.

While Sophie was recovering in hospital Prince Edward opened up about the deeply “traumatic” experience.

Speaking to reporters gathered outside the hospital Edward said: “It’s obviously a very traumatic time and my wife has … It’s quite the most painful thing that anyone can undergo.”



Sophie Wessex & Edward

Sophie Wessex & Edward: The Countess is now patron of the air ambulance charity that saved her life (Image: GETTY)

Edward said: “It’s a pretty traumatic experience. As the pain reduces, so the relief will increase.”

He added: “The patient is still in a limited amount of discomfort and will be I imagine for some days.

“I want to add my thanks to all the medical team who have done a fantastic job and reacted so quickly and have handled things so professionally.”

Sophie was flown to King Edward VII’s private hospital in London by Royal Berkshire Air Ambulance from home in Surrey.

Sophie has since been made patron of the air ambulance charity that saved her life and often does work to support them.

In a statement announcing the Countess’s patronage on January 21, 2019, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Charity said: “Having personally benefited from its expert crew in 2001, the countess knows only too well how every day, anyone in the community could be in urgent need of the organisation’s vital emergency service.”

In 2003 Sophie and Prince Edward welcomed their first child to the world Lady Louise Windsor, 16.

Sophie and Prince Edward’s youngest son James, Viscount Severn, 12, was born in 2007.

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Sophie Wessex & Edward: Sophie and Edward have two children (Image: GETTY)

In 2016, Zara Tindall revealed that her second pregnancy, following the birth of her first daughter Mia, six, had ended in miscarriage.

The mother of two later opened up about having suffered a second miscarriage in an interview with the Sunday Times in 2018.

Zara said: “I think you need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw.

“But, as with everything, time’s a great healer.”

Zara touch on the difficulty of making her first miscarriage known to the public.

She said: “In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, ‘This one’s not right.’

“I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along.”


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