Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticised for announcing their pregnancy on International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
The royal couple made the announcement this morning, sharing the happy news that they are expecting a baby in the spring. But hundreds of grieving parents have criticised their timing online, saying it could not have come on a worse day.
Today marks International Pregnancy And Infant Loss Remembrance Day as well as being the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week, held every October 9 to 15 to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy or soon after birth.
The week is spearheaded by the Miscarriage Association, which works with more than 60 charities to raise awareness amongst the public, healthcare professionals and parliamentarians of the key issues affecting those who have lost a baby. In response to the news, one person wrote: ‘A bit insensitive if you ask me. It’s baby loss and bereavement day.’ Another replied: ‘Absolutely. Prince Harry and #Meghan announce excitement at #pregnancy on Baby Loss and bereavement day. #MeghanMarklepregnant.
R And I thought it was bad enough that they couldn’t wait more than three days to knock Eugenie back into place. #appallingtiming.’ Adele Haywood said: ‘Aww, Meghan and Harry are pregnant. Did no-one think to inform them at @KensingtonRoyal that today is Wave of Light / Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day? Announcing tomorrow wouldn’t have hurt.’ Jo Sharpen added: ‘Really thoughtful of Harry and Meghan to announce their pregnancy on baby loss awareness day. #infertilitysucks #ttc #babylossawareness #pregnancy #miscarriage #trauma.’ Leon said: ‘So Harry and Meghan announce the pregnancy on the last day of Baby Loss Awareness Week, ops think that could have waited.’
‘I can understand how people feel. It can be deeply hurtful but I have to be sure they had no idea of the significance of the day.’ Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is an international day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and any death of a newborn. It is observed every year in the UK, Canada, the US, Norway, Italy and Kenya – as well as the Australian States of Western Australia and New South Wales. Ironically Harry and Meghan made the announcement as they began their Australian tour, touching down in Sydney.