The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," Meghan wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday.

The formwer Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry have an 18-month-old son, Archie. The duchess, 39, said she was sharing her story to help break the silence around an all-too-common tragedy. Britain's National Health Service says about one in eight pregnancies in which a woman is aware she is pregnant ends in miscarriage. "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few," Meghan wrote.

She described how the day "began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib.

"After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms."

Later, she said, she "lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand. … I tried to imagine how we'd heal."

Sophie King, a midwife at U.K. child-loss charity Tommy's, said miscarriage and stillbirth remained a taboo. She said, "Her honesty and openness today send a powerful message to anyone who loses a baby: this may feel incredibly lonely, but you are not alone."

PEN America to honor Obama

Former President Barack Obama, a million-selling author, is also a prizewinning author. PEN America announced that Obama will receive its second annual Voice of Influence Award in recognition of how his writings "have traversed political, social, and ideological bounds and framed a self-reflective humanism that has marked his influence on public life." Obama, whose memoir "A Promised Land" came out last week, will be honored Dec. 8 at the literary and human rights organization's annual gala, to be held virtually. During the ceremony, Obama and historian Ron Chernow, a former PEN board president, will discuss freedom of expression and the importance of truth in a world of misinformation.

In memoriam: A prominent Black Kentucky artist whose painted memories of rural life in Kentucky are featured in U.S. and European museums and in the collections of well-known personalities including Oprah Winfrey, has died. Helen LaFrance was 101 years old. La- France was self-taught, and her works show people at church, family gatherings, funerals and other aspects of small-town life in western Kentucky. Later in life, LaFrance worked in a hospital, tobacco barns and a ceramic factory, where she decorated whiskey bottles. Still, she did not begin painting her well-known "memory paintings" full time until 1986, when she was in her late 60s.

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