Prince Harry believes his wife Meghan Markle suffered a miscarriage in 2020 due to excessive stress caused by media coverage.
In the final three episodes of the six-part Netflix docuseries which aired on Thursday night, the couple lifted the lid on the events that led to their move to America and away from royal life .
In the latest episode of Harry and Meghan, the couple reflected on the loss of their second child, a topic Markle previously reflected on in an essay for The New York Times in 2020.
“I knew, as I held my firstborn, that I was losing my second,” she wrote at the time.
In the latest installment of Harry and Meghan, Prince Harry blames the British tabloid press for his wife’s miscarriage. Credit: netflix
In the series, the Duchess of Sussex described the days leading up to her miscarriage.
“I was pregnant. I wasn’t really sleeping and the first morning we woke up in our new home (in Los Angeles) was when I miscarried,” she said.
Prince Harry believes that the stress caused by British newspaper The Daily Mail, covering Meghan’s personal life, led to the miscarriage.
“I think my wife had a miscarriage because of what the (Daily) Mail did. I looked at the whole thing,” he said.
At the time, Meghan was involved in a lawsuit with Associated Newspapers, the owner of the Daily Mail., after the newspaper published parts of a very personal letter from Meghan to her father Thomas Markle.
The Netflix series revealed that the letter to her father was written on the advice of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales.
Meghan won the lawsuit in 2021.
Prince Harry continued: “Do we now know absolutely that the miscarriage was caused by that? Of course not.
“But considering the stress this caused, the lack of sleep and the timing of the pregnancy, how many weeks along it was, I can tell from what I saw that the miscarriage was created by what they were trying to do- him.”
Meghan also shared why she decided to go public with the miscarriage.
“I could choose and never talk about these things or I could choose to say, ‘With all the bad things that come with this, the good thing is being able to help others’. That’s the point of life, right? Connection and community like that.” he said.
Before the miscarriage, Harry and Meghan had sent a letter to the tabloids at the center of their distress – the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Mirror and the Express.
In the letter, the pair said they believe a free press “is a cornerstone of any democracy,” but added that “there is a real human cost” to the way tabloids operate.