Meghan Markle on Wednesday revealed that she had a miscarriage in July. The Duchess of Sussex made the statement in a New York Times opinion piece.

In the piece in the Times, she wrote that she had just changed her son’s diaper when she felt a sharp cramp and fell to the ground.

“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” wrote Markle, who married Prince Harry in 2018.

Markle and Prince Harry had their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019.

In her piece, Markle wrote that the conversation around miscarrying a child and the ‘unbearable grief’ remained ‘taboo’ and ‘riddled with unwarranted shame’

Her highly personal piece comes as she and her husband wage an increasingly public war with some media outlets over their right to privacy.

She claims Associated Newspapers breached her privacy, her data protection rights and copyright by publishing extracts of correspondence with her estranged father, Thomas, before she married Harry.

Harry and Meghan shocked the British establishment when they announced they were retiring from royal life.

Their withdrawal in March came after reports she was deeply unhappy with life inside the royal family and fed up with media intrusion.

The couple, who live with their young son, in California, signed an exclusive deal with the streaming giant Netflix for an undisclosed fee earlier this year.

They have set up a non-profit organisation to promote education, mental health and well-being.