Monday morning Kensington Palace broke the news that the newly married Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and her husband, Prince Harry, are expecting their first child, as previously reported by Dearly.
Of course, many royal fans were thrilled about the announcement.
However, some criticized the couple for sharing the news on a sensitive day.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
Kensington Palace put out a statement announcing the arrival of the royal’s little bundle of joy in the spring of 2019, but on the same day, people around the world are grieving the loss of a baby.
Today, October 15, marks the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week, as well as being International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD) — a day that recognizes infant death and loss due to causes like miscarriage, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
In response to the news, some took to Twitter voice their grievance and concern about the timing of the announcement.
The news of the royal baby is wonderful but could @RoyalFamily not have waited fill tomorrow to announce, given that today of all days is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, when grieving couples across the globe come together to mourn their lost babies?
— Katy Lindemann (@katylindemann) October 15, 2018
I honestly find it so distasteful to announce a royal baby on national baby loss awareness awareness day, coming from a crisis worker stand point this is going to affect a lot of women.
— Rachael Campey (@RachaelCampey) October 15, 2018
Congratulations to all the new mums and dads who get no media attention who announced that they were expecting. I don't care to much for the announcement. Oh and by the way today is International pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day… My thoughts are with you. pic.twitter.com/udS3WTmKHP
— Daniel Brewer ?????? (@danbrewerradio) October 15, 2018
— Anthea Lanesborough (@lanesborough77) October 15, 2018
Commenters slammed Prince Harry and Markle for sharing their exciting baby news on a day mothers in the UK, Canada, U.S., Norway, Italy, and Kenya — as well as other countries — are mourning the loss of a child.
According to the Miscarriage Association, the week of bereavement is held annually from October 9 to 15. The goal of Baby Loss Week is to raise awareness to charities supporting infant loss and to provide emotional support for moms and families recovering from the impact of their loss.
Some commenters are upset that the royal baby news is dominating headlines that could be dedicated baby loss awareness and prevention.
One commenter wrote:
The the fact the royal baby news is topping Loss Awareness in news headlines also isn’t fair, they have everything ffs can they not just give it a min before stealing headlines from more deserving cases smh. And they wonder why we need awareness days..
As reported by LAD Bible, Ruth Bender Atik, national director of the association, said:
“I imagine they didn’t know. I think it’s as simple as that
For many people who have the deep sadness and grief of losing a baby, there was also that moment of joy when they wanted to announce their pregnancy. I can understand how people feel.”
Atik is convinced the palace, who waited until after Princess Eugenie’s wedding to share the news, “had no idea of the significance of the day.”