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Bereaved parents have hit out at the unfortunate timing of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy announcement.

The royal couple put out a statement last night to say they will be expecting a baby in the spring.

But upset social media users criticised the pair, saying the news ‘could not have come on a worse day’.

MP Henry Smith, who lost his son in 2004, also waded into the debate, telling his Twitter followers it was ‘regrettable’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their announcement on infant loss remembrance day.

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October 15 is International Pregnancy And Infant Loss Remembrance Day while today also marks 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.

Do you think they should have timed it better?

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  • I’m sure they had no idea about this day here in Australia but felt they had to say something so that people didn’t think Meaghan was snubbing certain outings for no valid reason. Damned if they did and Damned if they didn’t.

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  • I had no idea that this was a thing, why would they? It is unbelievably sad when a baby dies, those of us who haven’t lost a baby don’t automatically know these dates though. I never would have thought to check for something like this before announcing my pregnancy. Just let them be happy.

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  • I’m sure they wouldn’t have known, I can’t see them doing something like this on purpose, they have no reason to.

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  • If this is only in Australia they probably didn’t even know. They were just so happy and wanted to let Australia know.

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  • Oh dear, I’m sure they had no idea.

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  • This quote comes to mind

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  • I am not one for remembering anniversaries and special dates. And seriously it seems like every day of the year is for something. I think it’s horrible for anyone to complain and dim their exciting news. They may be royalty but they are still human. Imagine how much that would hurt to know people weren’t celebrating your baby news but scrutinising the ‘unfortunate timing’ of your announcement. Shame on people!
    It’s similar to myself having gone through multiple rounds of ivf for all my kids.. I could still be happy for any friends posting their baby news even though I was sad inside myself.

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  • As someone who’s had a miscarriage and was aware of the day, I think its awful to guilt anyone out of the happiness of their pregnancy because you still hurt over your own loss. That hurt doesn’t go away, but for every woman who doesn’t have to experience it I feel nothing but relief.

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  • I didn’t even know that it was a remembrance day for infant loss. I don’t really care what the royals do to be honest.

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  • How crazy they told the queen before they left for Australia, then it was out of there hands as to when the official announcement was made, if you want to get technical it was announced on the 14th in UK…now that being said I am one in 4 that has lost 5 babies but I took no offence to the announcement at all.

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  • I do imagine their timing was considered, but unintentional in relation to October 15. I had no idea such an International Day existed. Unfortunately, there are now so many ‘Days’, it’s hard to keep track. So I think it’s a bit tough to assume that they should have or would have known. I think their decision may have been driven more by a number of factors – needing to declare it soon as the rumours have been rampant on social media, so trying to stop the gossip and tell it their way; in Australia where the frenzied British media are not, or are in lesser numbers, so less pressure, paparazzi, and intrusion; and post-Princess Eugenie’s wedding so they didn’t steal her thunder. I’m really happy for them.

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  • I to have lost a baby but had no idea there even was a lost baby day and this shouldn’t make a difference to the announcement which was done out of joy and not intended to hurt anyone .I think to make the announcement on their first day in Australia was a lovely way of saying hello from the young couple to Megan’s first royal tour

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  • I was only vaguely aware of the International Pregnancy And Infant Loss Remembrance Day/week, as one of my friends posted something on Fb. I didn’t really think about the babies I lost myself. The whole year round there will be someone on earth who’s grieving the loss of a baby or child. It doesn’t mean that we can’t be thankful for and filled with joy about our own pregnancy, although it’s good to be thoughtful and reach out to those who grieve.

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  • For goodness sake, just leave them alone. They are just like any ‘normal’ couple who want to share they birth announcement, only problem is, they are always up for public scrutiny. I have lost a baby, and I am overjoyed at their announcement.


    • I am on the same page and feel genuine joy for people when they do get pregnant and announce the pregnancy.

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  • If it was the average couple then only friends and family would care and take part in the joy. Congratulations to them but they are just another couple having a baby…it could possibly be that their researchers didn’t delve into the date but at the end of the day everyone has the right to grieve and the right to rejoice no matter what date. I feel for those that have lost but I celebrate along with those who are expecting.

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