Meghan Markle has said ‘we will be ok’ as she delivered a moving message of hope for those struggling in the pandemic.
The Duchess of Sussex praised the ‘quiet heroes’ of the crisis in her first public appearance since revealing she suffered a miscarriage.
Sitting on a bench without Prince Harry, Meghan said she had been inspired by ‘communities standing up and taking action’ and making sure those around them ‘did not have to suffer in isolation’.
‘They showed us, all of us, that even in the darkest times, when we come together, we have the power to remind someone else that there is hope, and that we will be okay,’ Meghan said in a video message for CNN.
Meghan also thanked people who fed hungry children when kids’ lunch programmes were stopped during the pandemic, adding that a warm meal is ‘as comforting as a much-needed hug’.
The duchess, who has volunteered at food charities in Los Angeles, said: ‘We know the value of food; as nourishment, as a life source.
‘And in the moments of crisis, the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug – especially in the absence of human contact due to the social distancing we’re all experiencing.
‘In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I’m inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities. Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them.
‘Back in March, the Covid-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight everything seemed to change. For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with the heartbreaking question: How am I going to put food on the table for my family?’
It is the first time Meghan has been seen in public since she revealed she suffered a miscarriage in the summer.
She did not talk about her miscarriage in the video, but said 2020 had been ‘a year that has been universally challenging for everyone’.
Meghan was praised for her honest account in The New York Times, in which she said her heart was ‘shattered’ by the loss, but she wanted to help break down the taboo of talking about miscarriage.
The duchess described how she was looking after Archie one morning in July when she felt ‘a sharp cramp’.
She wrote: ‘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.’
Meghan said she saw Harry’s ‘heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine’.
She added: ‘Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.
‘In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that, in a room of 100 women, ten 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.’
The royal couple have been living in Los Angeles with their son Archie since renouncing their royal roles.