THE Duchess of Sussex has opened up about her "almost unbearable grief" after losing her second child over the summer.

Meghan Markle wrote about her experiences in a piece for the New York Times as she revealed she had a miscarriage in July.

"I knew, as I clutched my first-born child, that I was losing my second," she said.

The Argus: The earrings the Duchess of Sussex wore on a visit to Cheshire were a gift from the Queen (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)

The 39-year-old said that "loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020".

She also described watching "my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine" before urging people to check that others were OK during the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.

She and her husband, Prince Harry, welcomed their first child in May last year, naming him Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

The couple broke with royal convention by making a personal decision not to use a title for their baby boy.

This followed Harry and Meghan's announcement that they would be stepping down from their roles as senior royals.

The Argus: Harry, Meghan and Archie

In a statement released in January last year, they said: "We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."

The statement also revealed the pair's plan to split their time between the UK and North America.