Zara Tindall has spoken out about a second miscarriage she had in 2017 following a very public one in December 2016.
The Queen’s granddaughter, who gave birth to her second daughter Lena last month, has only decided to speak out about it now as it felt “too raw” at the time.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the 37-year-old royal said: “You need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw. But, as with everything, time’s a great healer.”
Zara, who is married to former rugby ace Mike Tindall, explained that her first miscarriage was especially tough because the pregnancy had been made public, due to the rule for descendants of the Queen.
“For me, the worst bit was that we had to tell everyone, everyone knew,” she explained.
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“I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along. I then had another miscarriage really early on.”
However, when she and Mike, 39, lost their second baby, the couple were able to mourn in private.
“I think a lot of the time you’re lucky if it happens a lot earlier,” Zara added.
“It’s something a lot of families are affected by but then, hopefully, a lot of the stories I’ve heard, they’ve gone on and had more children and they’re very lucky.”
Zara – who is also mother to four-year-old daughter Mia – went on to praise her “concerned” husband and “protective” brother, Peter Phillips.
“It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them,” she said. “In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, ‘This one’s not right.’.”