In the post, Meghan describes the moment last July when she lost her second, unborn child. She describes how the pain suddenly set in, writes of her grief, the danger of lasting trauma. It is not an isolated case; 10 to 20 percent of all women suffered a miscarriage.
She reflects on the circumstances under which her personal tragedy took place. The world in the state of emergency of the corona pandemic, your country, the USA, deeply divided on elementary questions on which there has seemed to be an unshakable consensus for generations: What is fact, what does science teach us? A country in which brutal racism will be revealed again in 2020 that costs human lives.
In addition to applause, the misogyne, racist furor that has been directed against Meghan Markle for years immediately set in on social media.
On behalf of many others, the reaction of the British author Penny Junor, who wrote biographies of various members of the Windsor family, shows the great misunderstanding regarding the Duchess, who is regarded as the driving force in the separation of the Sussexes from the rest of the British royal family.
Confusing, really? It is actually quite simple. It’s about autonomy, self-determination, power over your own life.
Meghan, whose mother-in-law Diana was chased to death by paparazzi in a Paris car tunnel, doesn’t have to put up with the fact that she is hunted, harassed and spied on by the media. But of course she can very well decide for herself when she makes personal things public – on her terms.
The official statement of Buckingham Palace therefore has a fatal effect on the essay. There it said on Wednesday in dry words that the article in the New York Times was a “deeply personal matter that we will not comment on.” The reaction could hardly have been more sour.
Even if one now assumes that the Windsor family is in contact with the Sussexes and that Meghan’s miscarriage was discussed in the summer: The official statement is cold, dismissive and misses exactly what the Duchess demands in her contribution. Are you ok?
A missed opportunity.