After suffering the devastating pregnancy loss of her son Jack last fall, Chrissy Teigen is now sharing that the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle herself personally reached out to her afterward. Meghan Markle also experienced pregnancy loss after having a miscarriage last summer. She wrote about her miscarriage in an essay for the New York Times not long after Chrissy's loss. In a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Chrissy gets real the question on so many minds: What is Meghan Markle like in real life?
"She's been so kind to me ever since we connected," Teigen told Andy Cohen during Tuesday night's show. "She had written me about baby Jack and loss, but, yeah, she is really wonderful and so kind and just as kind as everyone says she is."
Pregnancy loss is something no one hopes to ever have in common with another person, but the shared experience can be so helpful when you're feeling isolated in your grief.
It's no surprise that Meghan Markle is as warm and supportive in real life as she seems, and many of her friends, former coworkers, and acquaintances all seem to agree with Chrissy.
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In October, Chrissy opened up about what it was like for her and her husband, John Legend, to lose their third child. She mentioned how much she appreciated the support she received from so many people after her loss.
"The moments of kindness have been nothing short of beautiful. I went to a store where the checkout lady quietly added flowers to my cart. Sometimes people will approach me with a note," she wrote in a personal essay on Medium. "The worst part is knowing there are so many women that won't get these quiet moments of joy from strangers. I beg you to please share your stories and to please be kind to those pouring their hearts out. Be kind in general, as some won't pour them out at all."
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In her essay, titled "The Losses We Share," the duchess revealed she suffered the "unbearable pain" of miscarriage in July 2020, remarking that the entire year was full of so much loss for so many people. She and Prince Harry have one son, Archie, and are expecting a daughter later this spring.
"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," she wrote the op-ed last November. "Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal."
Meghan Markle, who suffered her own loss a few months before Chrissy, has spoken at length about how much she values a supportive environment (something she says she did not receive when she was part of royal life). Only someone who has been through a similar experience truly knows the type of support to offer a fellow grieving mom.
"Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few," wrote Markle in her op-ed. "In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning."
On Tuesday night's episode of WWHL, Andy Cohen asked Chrissy if she and Meghan had talked since The Big Oprah Interview last month. Chrissy confirmed that they did talk, but that she wasn't given any "extra tea."
"I think she's been very open about what she's been open with," Chrissy remarked about Meghan. "And I think her truth has been her truth since the very beginning."
Both of these women are shining examples of what it means to speak your truth. By being there for one another, they're helping each other and fellow mothers feel less alone.