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Prince Harry Believes Tabloids Played a Part in Meghan’s Miscarriage

In part two of the new Harry & Meghan documentary, Harry claims that his wife had a miscarriage as a result of press intrusion into their lives.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated December 15, 2022
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Part two of the new Netflix docuseries Meghan & Harry dropped this week and delves even further into the lives of former royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The latest episode tackles the couple’s increasing battles with the British media and how Harry believes the press is at fault for a miscarriage Markle experienced in 2020.

The segment begins with the couple’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, talking about the toll dealing with the press was taking on Markle. While the press had always intruded upon their life, things ramped up after Markle decided to take legal action against the British tabloid Mail on Sunday after it printed sections of a private letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle, following her May 2018 wedding.

“The first morning that we woke up in our new home is when I miscarried,” said Markle. “I believe my wife suffered a miscarriage because of what The Mail did,” Harry added. “I watched the whole thing.” Despite what he believes to be true, Harry admits that he can’t prove the connection. “Now, do we absolutely know that the miscarriage was created caused by that? Of course, we don’t.”

“[But] bearing in mind the stress that caused the lack of sleep and the timing of the pregnancy, how many weeks in she was, I can say from what I saw, that miscarriage was created by what they were trying to do to her,” Harry continued. “I thought she was brave and courageous, but that doesn’t surprise me because she is brave and courageous.”

Dealing with a miscarriage or pregnancy loss can be extremely difficul, isolating and stressful. While there is no scientific evidence that stress directly affects your risk of miscarriage, experts say it can play a role.

Research shows that a mother’s physical and emotional state can raise or lower her level of stress sensitivity, potentially influencing everything from fertility and conception to the quality of the placenta and the risk for premature labor.

At the end of the day the real cause of miscarriages often remain a mystery, and most miscarriages happen in the first trimester of pregnancy for reasons that are beyond your control. If you’re struggling to understand miscarriage or process a loss, consider consulting this article about what you need to know, filled with science-backed information from board-certified ob-gyns.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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