As senior members of the royal family, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan shocked the nation when they filed a lawsuit against British publications for violating their privacy.
Even after the Sussexes retired from their royal duties, the battle to have the media outlets answer for the personal data about their life that they published rages on. Harry claims that even though Meghan prevailed in her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers last year after they released a private letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, it left her in a terrible state of mind and may have contributed to her miscarriage.
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In addition to working on their case for copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers, which owns British publications including the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, the duke and duchess were also in the process of relocating to their new residence in Santa Barbara, California. According to Harry in Volume II of their new docuseries, Meghan & Harry, all those stressful events added up to Meghan miscarrying in July of 2020.
“I believe my wife suffered a miscarriage because of what the Mail did. I watched the whole thing,” the duke says in Episode 6. “Now, do we absolutely know that the miscarriage was caused by that? Of course, we don’t. But bearing in mind the stress that 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.”
Meghan describes the upsetting incident, adding, “I was pregnant. I really wasn’t sleeping. And the first morning that we woke up in our new home is when I miscarried.”
Meghan’s pal Abigail Spencer describes the moment she witnessed Meghan miscarry. “I’m driving up just like, ‘All right, we’re gonna unpack. We’re gonna get settled,'” she says, referring to the family’s arrival at their new home. “And Meg is standing outside waiting for me, and I can tell something’s off. And she’s, like, showing me the new home. So it’s very mixed emotion[s] because, ‘Here’s our new home,’ but she’s like, ‘I’m having a lot of pain.’ She was holding Archie, and she just fell to the ground.”
In an essay titled “The Losses We Share” that she wrote for The New York Times in November 2020, Meghan first shared the tragic tale of her miscarriage.She said that she was taking care of her son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at the time. “After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” she wrote. Fortunately, Meghan and Harry were able to conceive once again after the tragedy, and on June 4, 2021, their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born.