Prince Harry and William opened door for Meghan to speak out, says royal expert | Royal | News (Reports)

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Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe said: “Royal tradition has been changed by William and Harry.” Mr Larcombe said Meghan Markle has followed in their example by speaking out about miscarriage in a deeply personal article last month. 

He told OK! magazine: “They speak openly and Meghan should be applauded for speaking out, too.

“Using her platform to discuss things like baby loss, which are so often surrounded by a stigma of silence, is brave.”

Similarly, royal author Katie Nicholl said the brothers and their wives are part of the young generation of royals ready to express their vulnerability.

She said: “The younger royals have really changed public perception. 

“We’ve seen William and Harry discuss mental health and Kate open up about the challenges of motherhood.

“The younger royals realise the importance of raising awareness for issues that can impact anyone.

“Meghan has always been an advocate for issues close to her heart. 

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“She will have been aware of the impact her letter will have and will have hoped it can help other women struggling.”

The mantra “never complain, never explained” was first forged by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and widely adopted by some of his successors including Stanley Baldwin and Winston Churchill.

This motto is believed to have been introduced in the Royal Family by Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother.   

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Prince Harry and Prince William first opened up about their personal struggles ahead of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.

The brothers candidly spoke of the impact losing their beloved mother at such a young age has had on them and the steps they have taken to heal.

Harry and William also used their platform to help break the stigma surrounding mental health.

The brothers and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, launched the Heads Together campaign in 2017, aimed at changing the conversation on mental health. 

After Meghan joined the Royal Family, the foursome also launched a new 24/7 text service called Shout, which connects people experiencing a “tough moment” with trained volunteers.

More recently, Meghan also used her worldwide platform to break the stigma surrounding miscarriage and baby loss.

In an essay penned for the New York Times, the Duchess of Sussex revealed she had a miscarriage in July, while changing her son Archie’s nappy.

She wrote: “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”.

In her story, the Duchess said the painful experience made her realise many other women find themselves in her situation every day.

Her decision to speak about this tragedy was welcomed by charities focused on miscarriages and baby loss, praising Meghan for helping other women feel more understood and less alone in their painful experience.

The Duchess hasn’t been the first member of the Royal Family to speak about a similar tragedy.

Zara Tindall opened up on her two miscarriages in 2018, while Prince Edward and his wife Sophie spoke in December 2001 of the Countess of Wessex’s life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.   

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