Gemma Collins pens letter to Meghan Markle about her own miscarriage

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Gemma Collins has penned an open letter to Meghan Markle, recalling her own ‘traumatic’ miscarriage, after the Duchess Of Sussex revealed she lost a pregnancy earlier this year.

Yesterday Meghan – who shares one-year-old son Archie with husband Prince Harry – wrote an essay for New York Times in which she described suffering a miscarriage in July.

Reacting to the news, Towie star Gemma wrote of her own loss today and shared that she had her third miscarriage in July before splitting with partner James ‘Arg’ Argent.

‘Your sadness and grief leapt out of the page, along with your desire to comfort other women who have been through the same heartbreak,’ Gemma wrote for The Sun. ‘I am one of those women. Because like you I also had a miscarriage in July – one of the 10 or twenty women in a room of a hundred that you wrote about who will know the particular pain of losing a longed-for baby.’

Adding she’d not spoken about the moment before, Gemma said it was another ‘devastating loss’ on the ‘longed-for’ journey to motherhood for her.

Saying she has been trying to have a baby for a decade, Gemma said her miscarriage symptoms were similar to those described by Meghan and started with sharp pains – however, she wasn’t aware she was pregnant.

Gemma – who suffers from polycystic ovaries, which is a condition that makes carrying a child more difficult – went on, as she spoke about her first miscarriage eight years ago, in which she gave birth in her house before the ambulance had arrived to assist her.

She wrote: ‘By the time they came it was too late and I gave birth on my landing to a four-and-a-half-month-old baby, my whole body shaking with shock as it happened.

‘It died in front of me, an experience so traumatic I find it difficult to write about to this day. It was one of the worst things I had ever been through.’

The Diva Forever reality star said she hid away her heartbreak, choosing instead to put on a ‘big Gemma Collins brave face’, despite the pain she was feeling.

She thanked the duchess for publicly speaking about her loss, and insisted that while she worries ‘on bad days’ those pregnancies were her only chance at having a baby of her own, it won’t mark the end of her motherhood dreams.

Gemma added: ‘I know I can give a baby a brilliant life – a life a world away from the world of ‘GC’, the larger-than-life character that most of the public know, and when my time to be a mother comes, I will do everything I can to protect the privacy of that cherished prize I have yearned for for so long.’

In a heartbreaking personal essay released yesterday, Meghan said the tragic loss had caused her and husband Prince Harry ‘unbearable grief’.

Opening up about her experience, she said she knew she was losing her second child when she had a cramp as she changed her son Archie’s nappy in July.

She said: ‘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. 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.’

The royal said she wanted to share her experience in order to help other women with a subject that is ‘experienced by many but talked about by few’.

Sands UK charity

Sands UK is a stillbirth and neonatal death charity, which works to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that those affected by the loss of a baby receives the best possible care for as long as they need it.

The charity aims to better understand the causes of baby deaths and works with governments and other organisations to raise awareness of issues surrounding baby loss.

Sands provides bereavement support at a local and national level.

Please visit the Sands UK website for more information and contact details.

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