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Not every day do you see a herd of elephants migrating through the Cotswolds. Particularly in the gardens of the Prince of Wales’s beloved country home, Highgrove. And yet here they are.

Five life-sized – and utterly glorious – model pachyderms being greeted by Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, on a glorious autumnal morning as they gingerly navigate the future king’s prized wildflower meadow.

They have welcomed the unusual additions to the Gloucestershire estate in memory of Camilla’s late brother, Mark Shand.

Not every day do you see a herd of elephants migrating through the Cotswolds. Particularly in the gardens of the Prince of Wales’s beloved country home, Highgrove. And yet here they are

Not every day do you see a herd of elephants migrating through the Cotswolds. Particularly in the gardens of the Prince of Wales’s beloved country home, Highgrove. And yet here they are

Not every day do you see a herd of elephants migrating through the Cotswolds. Particularly in the gardens of the Prince of Wales’s beloved country home, Highgrove. And yet here they are

Mark was an adventurer, conservationist, travel writer, lover of women and free spirit who led a truly fascinating life until his tragic death six years ago.

He was also passionate about his work preserving the endangered Asian elephant and founded a charity, Elephant Family, of which Charles and Camilla are joint royal patrons.

They are now bringing to fruition CoExistence, an environmental art campaign Mark dreamed up with trustee Ruth Ganesh a decade ago, but was sadly never able to realise.

Their stunning elephant sculptures, made by artisans in the jungles of southern India, are part of a 125-strong herd which had been due to be exhibited in aid of Elephant Family across London’s Royal Parks this summer.

Instead, having made the 5,200-mile journey to Britain by lorry and boat at the beginning of the year, these exotic beasts found themselves locked down due to the pandemic.

Mark was an adventurer, conservationist, travel writer, lover of women and free spirit who led a truly fascinating life until his tragic death six years ago

Mark was an adventurer, conservationist, travel writer, lover of women and free spirit who led a truly fascinating life until his tragic death six years ago

Mark was an adventurer, conservationist, travel writer, lover of women and free spirit who led a truly fascinating life until his tragic death six years ago

So Camilla, 73, took it upon herself to personally write dozens of letters to family and friends, asking them to temporarily adopt an elephant – or five – until they can finally be exhibited next summer.

The duchess still finds it hard to believe that she won’t ever hear her adored younger brother’s throaty tones again.

‘He used to call me ‘Camills’,’ she told the Daily Mail in an exclusive interview on Monday. ‘The phone would ring, and I always knew it was him as I’d hear my name: ‘Camills, please can you help with the elephants?’

Charles, who wasn’t scheduled to join her, makes an unexpected appearance. He knows how much this means to his wife and is keen to ensure the elephants are placed just so.

Charles, who wasn't scheduled to join her, makes an unexpected appearance. He knows how much this means to his wife and is keen to ensure the elephants are placed just so

Charles, who wasn't scheduled to join her, makes an unexpected appearance. He knows how much this means to his wife and is keen to ensure the elephants are placed just so

Charles, who wasn’t scheduled to join her, makes an unexpected appearance. He knows how much this means to his wife and is keen to ensure the elephants are placed just so

He’s sporting a much-loved and well-worn (in fact it appears almost threadbare in places) full-length embroidered coat given to him in Pakistan, which he habitually wears when walking around his estate. Although its existence is fabled, it’s never been seen in public before. It’s sweetly eccentric and makes you realise how relaxed he feels here.

The prince chats enthusiastically about how the elephants, which were five years in the making, have been fashioned from Lantana camara, a horribly invasive weed introduced to India as an ornamental by British tea planters in the 19th century, but which is now choking the protected forests of Asia.

Conflict between humans and wildlife for food and space claims the lives of one person and one elephant in India on average every day. ‘That’s why it is even more important that we have to raise funds now,’ says Camilla.

‘They were doing so well with these ‘elephant corridors’ (which let the animals wander without coming into contact with villagers) and had a good scheme about rehousing the people. Then along comes Covid and everything comes to a grinding halt. It is so important now that we keep this going.

‘If everything goes on being as crowded as it is, the elephants will have nothing to eat. You have got to sort it out for the people, the habitat and the elephants. Everything works together.’ 

I remark that she reminds me of her husband, who has been urging man to work in harmony with nature, not against it, for decades, despite public derision at times.

‘Everyone said he was talking nonsense,’ the duchess says. ‘He has been going on about it for 40 years and look, it’s almost too late now. That is the frightening thing.

‘Covid hasn’t helped. What happens to all the PPE? The masks? People putting stuff in plastic wrapping again. It is a terrible worry.

‘But on a positive note, wherever my brother is, I am sure he is praying these beautiful creatures will make a lot of money for the charity. And look at them. How could you resist?’

They are now bringing to fruition CoExistence, an environmental art campaign Mark dreamed up with trustee Ruth Ganesh (pictured) a decade ago, but was sadly never able to realise

They are now bringing to fruition CoExistence, an environmental art campaign Mark dreamed up with trustee Ruth Ganesh (pictured) a decade ago, but was sadly never able to realise

They are now bringing to fruition CoExistence, an environmental art campaign Mark dreamed up with trustee Ruth Ganesh (pictured) a decade ago, but was sadly never able to realise

Her sister, Annabel Elliot, couldn’t. Mrs Elliot, who is also a trustee of Elephant Family, has three model elephants joining two large elephant topiaries that Mark gave her in a field at her Dorset home. Like Camilla, she also misses Mark desperately.

‘He lived here with me when he was in England,’ she says. 

‘What is nice now, though, is that his daughter, Ayesha, has become part of my family. She comes down here a lot and sleeps in Mark’s room, which is so nice.’ Mark received a fatal head injury when he tripped on a pavement in New York after a fundraiser for his charity.

Mrs Elliot adds: ‘Mark was always a traveller, off on another expedition. And what’s so ironic is that given all of the things he faced – being shipwrecked, being charged by animals – it was just falling down that killed him. It’s so strange, isn’t it?

‘This is a lovely tribute, though, and next summer, all being well, to have the whole herd in London will be amazing.’

Jilly Cooper would surely agree. The author, 83, has taken on two of Camilla’s elephants. ‘Aren’t they just glorious?’ she says proudly. 

Jilly explains she would meet Mark Shand – ‘such a handsome man’ – at the duchess’s house when Camilla was married to her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles. ‘I think my darling Mark must be so pleased,’ she says. 

Lady Bathurst, the chatelaine of Cirencester Park, also has five elephants on public display, as does Lord Rothschild, whose herd will be part of the 'winter walk' at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. 'It's going to be very hard to see them go next spring,' says Lady Bathurst

Lady Bathurst, the chatelaine of Cirencester Park, also has five elephants on public display, as does Lord Rothschild, whose herd will be part of the 'winter walk' at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. 'It's going to be very hard to see them go next spring,' says Lady Bathurst

Lady Bathurst, the chatelaine of Cirencester Park, also has five elephants on public display, as does Lord Rothschild, whose herd will be part of the ‘winter walk’ at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. ‘It’s going to be very hard to see them go next spring,’ says Lady Bathurst

Author Jilly Cooper, 83, has taken on two of Camilla's elephants. 'Aren't they just glorious?' she says proudly

Author Jilly Cooper, 83, has taken on two of Camilla's elephants. 'Aren't they just glorious?' she says proudly

Author Jilly Cooper, 83, has taken on two of Camilla’s elephants. ‘Aren’t they just glorious?’ she says proudly

‘He was so heavenly and didn’t care about himself at all. It was all about the elephants. He’ll be looking down, parting the clouds in heaven and smiling.’

Lady Bathurst, the chatelaine of Cirencester Park, also has five elephants on public display, as does Lord Rothschild, whose herd will be part of the ‘winter walk’ at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. 

‘It’s going to be very hard to see them go next spring,’ says Lady Bathurst. ‘But thankfully they will be travelling on to their next, wonderful elephant adventure.’

There’s no doubt, says Camilla, that her dear, much-missed brother, would have heartily approved.

To find out more, or how to adopt or purchase an elephant, please visit coexistencestory.org

For more details on Elephant Family, see elephant-family.org

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Meghan Markle praised by baby loss charities for miscarriage article

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Baby loss charities today applauded Meghan Markle for providing a ‘vital step in breaking down that stigma and shame’ around miscarriage after she revealed the ‘unbearable grief’ she suffered after losing her second baby over the summer. 

In an article written for the New York Times, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, said she lost her second child after feeling a ‘sharp cramp’ while changing her son Archie‘s nappy in July at her Los Angeles home.

Today charity bosses thanked Meghan for speaking out about her loss and praised the duchess for breaking the stigma around the taboo subject and ‘taking us forward in leaps and bounds’. 

Michelle Kennedy, who founded a virtual platform called Peanut for women to connect over issues related to motherhood and stillbirth, said the duchess had contacted her personally to thank her for creating the group – which she named after her own son who doctors told her was the size of a peanut at one point in her pregnancy.

She said: ‘Meghan is someone who we know resonated with our user base from the first moment she was in the public eye and beyond, because she took the brave step of saying things that others certainly in the royal family hadn’t yet said.

‘She’s breaking taboos, she’s using her voice to normalise the feelings that every day women are experiencing.

‘It was amazing that she used her platform to reach back out to us, and she continues to be inspiring not only to us, but the millions of women who are using Peanut who want to feel that their emotions don’t make them weird or unusual – they’re totally normal and totally legitimate. 

Charity groups today praised Meghan Markle (pictured with Archie and Prince Harry in 2019) after she revealed she suffered a miscarriage over the summer at her Los Angeles home

Charity groups today praised Meghan Markle (pictured with Archie and Prince Harry in 2019) after she revealed she suffered a miscarriage over the summer at her Los Angeles home

Charity groups today praised Meghan Markle (pictured with Archie and Prince Harry in 2019) after she revealed she suffered a miscarriage over the summer at her Los Angeles home

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Baby loss groups and women's organisations thanked the duchess for sharing her heartbreaking story and commended her for her bravery

Baby loss groups and women's organisations thanked the duchess for sharing her heartbreaking story and commended her for her bravery

Baby loss groups and women’s organisations thanked the duchess for sharing her heartbreaking story and commended her for her bravery

‘I think the duchess coming out with her own story has liberated so many women in so many different scenarios.’ 

Peanut, which allows users to speak over video and messenger forums, has seen its user base grow by 20 per cent every month since lockdown began, and nearly two million women are now using it including 500,000 in the UK. 

Ms Kennedy said women are using it to talk about how coronavirus will affect giving birth, IVF treatments and adoptions being paused, and going through loss without support ‘because they haven’t been able to meet people’.

She added: ‘There is something about the year that we’re living in and the challenges that we’re facing that make us want to say things and to be honest about what we’re going through but I also think it’s because women are at a point now where we’ve had to hold too much in for too long.’  

Zoe Clark-Coates, founder and chief executive of baby loss and bereavement charity The Mariposa Trust, said she hopes Meghan’s openness about Prince Harry‘s emotions will show miscarriage is ‘not just a women’s issue’.

She said: ‘I think (Meghan) is absolutely right, there is a taboo still. And there is a taboo talking about all death and all loss, we’re just not great as a culture talking about things that make us sad or really open us up emotionally.

‘I think there’s an increase in taboo talking about baby loss, because it’s very much seen as being something a couple goes through, and that’s a private thing.’  

Mrs Clark-Coates, who lost five unborn babies, said the so-called ’12-week rule’ has added to the stigma surrounding miscarriage.

‘Don’t tell anybody you’re pregnant until after 12 weeks, until after you have had that first scan, just in case you go through loss,’ she said.

‘And that says within the message, don’t tell anybody if you go through baby loss. So people feel they’re going against a culture, something that’s expected of them, to stay silent about something.’ 

She added: ‘The one thing we shouldn’t feel when going through it is alone. We should feel like we are going through something that so many other people go through.

‘But actually, we do feel isolated and we do feel alone. And that’s because of the silence around the subject, and being encouraged to keep it to ourselves.’    

Meanwhile midwife Sophie King, who works for the baby loss charity Tommy’s, said the Duchess of Sussex’s article sent a ‘powerful message’ to others who have experienced the loss of a baby.

She said: ‘Baby loss at any stage in pregnancy is one of the most heart-breaking things a family can experience – and as Meghan Markle said, it’s experienced by many but talked about by few.

‘One in four pregnancies ends in loss, but it’s a real taboo in society, so mothers like Meghan sharing their stories is a vital step in breaking down that stigma and shame.

‘Meghan’s essay praises the bravery of parents who share their stories, and those who prefer to grieve privately can still find comfort and connection in reading about others’ experiences.  

CEO of the baby loss counselling charity Petals told Heart News East: ‘It’s only through high profile people like the duchess finding the courage to talk about this that we can really open up this conversation.

‘It really does take us forward in leaps and bounds when somebody in her position is able to talk to frankly and we are deeply deeply grateful for that.

‘It is a taboo, it is a very difficult subject for both bereaved parents and the general public to talk about so we value these opportunities as well as we want to express out deepest sympathy for her and Prince Harry as well and thank them enormously for using this opportunity to make a difference for other parents because that’s what this will do.

‘This will really help those parents who have experienced miscarriages or who are going to in the weeks and months ahead.’         

After the Duchess of Sussex spoke out on Wednesday, Clea Harmer, chief executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said social distancing limitations had meant women were having to go to hospital and grieve their unborn baby alone. 

She said: ‘Attending scans and appointments can be really difficult, especially if you have had a miscarriage before, or your baby has died before, and often the scan is the place where you were told your baby has died.

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In Meghan’s New York Times article, pictured, she urges people to ask others if they are ok, adding: ‘In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing’

‘To be in that position on your own, without your partner there are heartbreaking stories of mothers being told on their own and having to go out to the car park or back home and tell their partner themselves.

‘I think the trauma and the distress that that’s causing can’t be underestimated.’

She added that while the NHS has issued guidance for hospitals to allow women to bring their partners along to appointments and some trusts are finding innovative ways to allow for this, the picture is ‘very mixed across the country’.                   

In her piece, Meghan described herself tearfully watching her husband Prince Harry’s ‘heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine’ while grieving for their unborn baby. 

She wrote in the New York Times today: ‘After changing his [Archie’s] diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right’.

In the piece called ‘The Losses We Share’, she said: ‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second’.  

Ms Markle wrote: ‘Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears.  Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal’. She added: ‘Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few’.

It is not known how pregnant Meghan was, but most women suffer miscarriages in the first 12 weeks. Buckingham Palace is understood to have known about the tragedy for several months while The Daily Beast claims royal officials were also briefed about the New York Times article in advance. A spokesman for the Queen declined to comment calling it a ‘deeply personal matter’.

Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholl said: ‘The royal family were very supportive about it. They were aware of what had happened. Harry was in constant touch with them over the summer and they knew what they were going through’.

A source close to the Sussexes told the BBC that Meghan is ‘currently in good health’ and ‘the couple took time to process what happened in July and having come to appreciate how common miscarriage is, wanted to talk about it’.

Ms Markle’s New York Times article also reveals:

  • Meg wrote about her miscarriage to break the ‘taboo’ of talking about losing a child and stop the ‘cycle of solitary mourning’ on the issue;
  • The Duchess of Sussex believes the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the US and the impact of Covid-19 means: ‘Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020’;
In August Harry and Meghan handed out school supplies, clothing and nappies to families in need at a drive-thru event in Los Angeles organised by charity baby2baby. Today it emerged this event was just weeks after her miscarriage

In August Harry and Meghan handed out school supplies, clothing and nappies to families in need at a drive-thru event in Los Angeles organised by charity baby2baby. Today it emerged this event was just weeks after her miscarriage

In August Harry and Meghan handed out school supplies, clothing and nappies to families in need at a drive-thru event in Los Angeles organised by charity baby2baby. Today it emerged this event was just weeks after her miscarriage

Meghan Markle on miscarriage, BLM and Covid-19 in the New York Times

On losing her baby in July

‘After changing his [Archie’s] diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right.

‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.

‘Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.

‘Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?’

‘Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.

‘Some have bravely shared their stories; they have opened the door, knowing that when one person speaks truth, it gives license for all of us to do the same. We have learned that when people ask how any of us are doing, and when they really listen to the answer, with an open heart and mind, the load of grief often becomes lighter — for all of us’.

On Covid-19

‘This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points. Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020, in moments both fraught and debilitating. We’ve heard all the stories: A woman starts her day, as normal as any other, but then receives a call that she’s lost her elderly mother to Covid-19. A man wakes feeling fine, maybe a little sluggish, but nothing out of the ordinary. He tests positive for the coronavirus and within weeks, he — like hundreds of thousands of others — has died. 

‘We are adjusting to a new normal where faces are concealed by masks, but it’s forcing us to look into one another’s eyes — sometimes filled with warmth, other times with tears. For the first time, in a long time, as human beings, we are really seeing one another’.

On BLM and race relations

‘A young woman named Breonna Taylor goes to sleep, just as she’s done every night before, but she doesn’t live to see the morning because a police raid turns horribly wrong. George Floyd leaves a convenience store, not realizing he will take his last breath under the weight of someone’s knee, and in his final moments, calls out for his mom. Peaceful protests become violent. Health rapidly shifts to sickness. In places where there was once community, there is now division’.

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The Duchess said today there had been ‘breaking points’ for the world in 2020, including the one million-plus global Covid-19 deaths as well as the ‘social isolation’ of lockdown and the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the US. 

‘Polarization, coupled with the social isolation required to fight this pandemic, has left us feeling more alone than ever’, she wrote.

Today Meghan said that her miscarriage had happened on a July morning that ‘began as ordinarily as any other day’.

The Duchess of Sussex said she had woken up, fed the dogs, tidied up Archie’s clothes and crayons before ‘throwing my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib’.

She then felt a pain in her stomach as she changed Archie’ nappy and then dropped to the floor holding him as she lost her child. 

The duke and duchess then went to hospital where it was confirmed she had a miscarriage.

Meghan says she has written the article about her own loss to encourage others to talk about it.

Justifying the timing of her article, she wrote: ‘This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points,’ Meghan writes. ‘So, this Thanksgiving, ‘let us commit to asking others, ‘Are you OK?’ 

She added: ‘In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.’

Meghan wrote in the New York Times that after losing her child this year, she had thought about the royal visit she and Harry made in September 2019. 

She was moved when British journalist Tom Bradby had asked her: ‘Are you ok?’ having just had Archie. 

She wrote: ‘I was exhausted. I was breastfeeding our infant son, and I was trying to keep a brave face in the very public eye’. 

Meghan said that she admitted she wasn’t ok, saying it later became clear that it would ‘resonate’ with other mothers.

She said that it wasn’t her admission that helped her most it was the question Mr Bradby asked her.  

The Duchess was being filmed at the time and she thanked the journalist for asking.  

Her New York Times article also describes the turmoil in 2020 caused by Covid and tensions caused by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the US saying 2020 was a year when ‘places where there was once community, there is now division’.

Meghan also then describes being in New York in her ‘late teens’ and seeing ‘a woman on her phone in a flood of tears’ – but decides not to speak to her.     

Pondering whether that happened she said: ‘Now, all these years later, in isolation and lockdown, grieving the loss of a child, the loss of my country’s shared belief in what’s true, I think of that woman in New York. What if no one stopped? I wish I could go back and ask my cabdriver to pull over’.   

In the final part of her piece the Duchess of Sussex warns of the ‘danger of siloed living’ and concerns that many ‘sad, scary or sacrosanct are all lived out alone’.

She then encourages people to stop people to ask: ‘Are you OK?’, adding that she believes that the ‘load of grief often becomes lighter’ when talked about. 

The article ends: ‘Are we OK? We will be’.

A Buckingham Palace source said today there was understandable sadness in the royal family about the disclosure by Prince Harry’s wife, which came in the New York Times article. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have openly shared their hopes of having two children to complete their family. 

Harry and Meghan were last seen together marking Remembrance Sunday where they laid a wreath at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. A source close to the Sussexes told the BBC that Meghan is 'currently in good health' and 'the couple took time to process what happened in July and having come to appreciate how common miscarriage is, wanted to talk about it'

Harry and Meghan were last seen together marking Remembrance Sunday where they laid a wreath at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. A source close to the Sussexes told the BBC that Meghan is 'currently in good health' and 'the couple took time to process what happened in July and having come to appreciate how common miscarriage is, wanted to talk about it'

Harry and Meghan were last seen together marking Remembrance Sunday where they laid a wreath at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. A source close to the Sussexes told the BBC that Meghan is ‘currently in good health’ and ‘the couple took time to process what happened in July and having come to appreciate how common miscarriage is, wanted to talk about it’

The ITV interview that inspired Meghan’s miscarriage article after she was asked: ‘Are you ok?’  

In an interview with ITV, The Duchess of Sussex said she has found the focus on her after her marriage and giving birth a struggle, adding: 'Not many people have asked if I'm ok'

In an interview with ITV, The Duchess of Sussex said she has found the focus on her after her marriage and giving birth a struggle, adding: 'Not many people have asked if I'm ok'

In an interview with ITV, The Duchess of Sussex said she has found the focus on her after her marriage and giving birth a struggle, adding: ‘Not many people have asked if I’m ok’

Meghan Markle said that she is ‘existing, not living’ while struggling with the pressures of royal life and media scrutiny. 

The Duchess opened up during an emotional interview with broadcaster Tom Bradby for a documentary last October.

Mr Bradby, a friend of Prince William and Prince Harry, asks her if she is ok after an emotional and tiring year.

The Duchess of Sussex’s voice cracks as she reveals she has found it difficult to cope after getting married and giving birth, adding: ‘Not many people have asked if I’m ok.’ 

She replied: ‘Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a new born – you know…

‘And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.

‘So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed it’s, well…’

She continues: ‘Also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.’ 

 

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It was no secret they dreamed of welcoming a new addition – a baby brother or sister for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry told activist and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall in 2019 that he would only have two children ‘maximum’ for the sake of the planet. 

The intimate details shared in the article are strikingly at odds with the usual policy of senior members of the British royal family, who reveal almost nothing about their personal lives.

Although Zara Tindall has spoken about her experiences of miscarriage.  

Harry’s uncle Earl Spencer offered his sympathy to his nephew and Meghan during an appearance on the ITV show Lorraine.

He told the host: ‘I can’t imagine the agony for any couple of losing a child in this way.

‘It’s so very, very sad. And of course, I totally agree with you, all thoughts with them today.’

Harry’s grandmother the Queen has never discussed her private life in any media interview in her 68-year reign.

Harry’s older brother Prince William and his wife Kate appeared before TV camera crews and photographers outside the London hospital where Kate gave birth to her three children shortly after each birth, each time with their newborn baby.

Despite the media frenzy, William and Kate have revealed almost nothing of substance about their home life.

The only previous major break from royal reserve was a TV interview in 1995 by Harry’s mother Princess Diana, in which she admitted to an affair, talked about her husband Prince Charles’ affair and revealed intimate details such as her history of self-harm. That interview is still the subject of controversy today.

A source close to Harry said the prince had discussed the article with the royal family beforehand.

But Meghan and Harry stepped back from royal duties and moved to the United States earlier this year.  They have been trying to forge a new role for themselves outside the constraints of life in Britain’s strictly codified royal bubble.

Other royal women have experienced the loss of an unborn baby, with the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall suffering two miscarriages before having her second child.

The Countess of Wessex lost her first baby in December 2001 when she was airlifted to hospital after suffering a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.

An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage according to the charity Tommy’s, which funds research into miscarriages, stillbirths and premature births, with most women losing their babies during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. 

Responding to Meghan’s article, Dr Christine Ekechi of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said miscarriage ‘remains a taboo subject’.

How Zara Tindall paved the way for Meghan Markle when she became the first royal to speak publicly about baby loss after suffering two miscarriages 

Zara Tindall made headlines when she bravely spoke about suffering two miscarriages, paving the way for royal women like Meghan Markle to speak more openly on the difficult topic. Pictured, Zara with husband Mike Tindall in March 2020

Zara Tindall made headlines when she bravely spoke about suffering two miscarriages, paving the way for royal women like Meghan Markle to speak more openly on the difficult topic. Pictured, Zara with husband Mike Tindall in March 2020

Zara Tindall made headlines when she bravely spoke about suffering two miscarriages, paving the way for royal women like Meghan Markle to speak more openly on the difficult topic. Pictured, Zara with husband Mike Tindall in March 2020

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall became the first member of the royal family to speak publicly about miscarriage when she revealed she lost two babies following the birth of her eldest daughter.

Zara and husband Mike, who welcomed daughter Mia in 2014, revealed in December 2016 that a pregnancy announced the previous month had ended in a miscarriage.

Two years later in an interview with the Sunday Times, Zara, now 39, opened up about the devastation of losing the baby and revealed she had suffered a second miscarriage before falling pregnant with daughter Lena, now two.

Speaking about her experience in 2018, Zara said the hardest part of her first miscarriage was having to tell the world because news of the pregnancy had been made public.

Zara said: ‘In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, ”This one’s not right.” I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along.’

Zara was thought to be around four-months pregnant at the time of her first miscarriage. 

‘Everyone was. It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them,’ she said. She added: ‘It’s hard for the guys, it’s a different feeling of loss, isn’t it?’

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She said: ‘Sadly, early miscarriages are very common and they can be a devastating loss for parents and their families. Up to one in five women may experience a miscarriage in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. In many circumstances, the reason for the miscarriage is unknown. We are improving our understanding of why miscarriages occur and who may be at risk, but the topic is still largely under-researched and the care for women and their partners, under-resourced.

‘Currently, many miscarriages cannot be prevented however, a warning sign of miscarriage occurring may be bleeding and/or pain in early pregnancy. Pregnant women are advised to seek medical advice if they have any of these symptoms.

‘Miscarriage remains a taboo subject, despite how common it is. It is important that we remove any stigma or shame surrounding this issue and adequately support families during this time. 

‘We welcome open discussion about miscarriage and encourage women to share their experiences, where they feel comfortable to do so. When supporting women and their partners through miscarriage, it is vital that we support them psychologically as well as physically.

‘By supporting research into miscarriage, prevention and treatment, we are hopeful this will mean fewer families experience a miscarriage, at any stage of pregnancy, in the future.’

The Sussexes, who quit as senior working royals in March in a quest for personal and financial freedom, were over the moon to welcome son Archie on May 6 2019.

Harry described Archie’s birth as ‘the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined’.

Introducing the two-day-old to the world at Windsor Castle, Meghan said: ‘It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.’

She added: ‘He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm.’

The duke and duchess are protective of Archie’s privacy.

When he arrived they declined to confirm where he was born, although his birth certificate later revealed he arrived at the private Portland Hospital in London.

Archie’s christening was also a private affair, like most royal baptisms, but Harry and Meghan did not release the names of his godparents. 

The duke and American former actress Meghan had long-held ambitions to become parents.

The duchess once described motherhood as being on her ‘bucket list’, while Harry often said he would love to have children, particularly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their own.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pictured in South Africa on one of her final royal visits at a charity supporting mothers

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pictured in South Africa on one of her final royal visits at a charity supporting mothers

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pictured in South Africa on one of her final royal visits at a charity supporting mothers

Harry’s uncle Charles Spencer send his thoughts to his nephew’s wife after hearing sad news of her miscarriage

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Prince Harry’s uncle Charles Spencer said news of the miscarriage was ‘very, very sad’ while being interviewed by Lorraine Kelly on her ITV programme today.

Lorraine said to him: ‘I’m sure you’ll want to join all of us to send best wishes to Meghan and of course to your nephew Harry, because today we just found out the very sad news that she’d had a miscarriage, and it’s just terribly sad, isn’t it?’

Speaking from his home at Althorp in Northamptonshire, Earl Spencer replied: ‘It is, Lorraine, isn’t it. I mean I can’t imagine the agony for any couple of losing a child in this way, and it’s so very, very sad, and of course I totally agree with you – all thoughts with them today.’

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It came as no surprise when Kensington Palace made the announcement in October 2018 – five months after Harry wed the ex-Suits star and as they began a busy tour to Australia and New Zealand – that the duchess was expecting.

The topic had even cropped up in the couple’s engagement interview.

‘You know, I think one step at a time, and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,’ Harry said.

In the run-up to the wedding, Meghan also hinted at starting her own brood.

On a trip to Belfast, less than two months before their big day, Meghan joked when she was shown an innovative range for newborns: ‘I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole (lot).’

In an interview in 2016, she said becoming a mother was on her ‘bucket list’.

‘I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time,’ she said.

During Meghan’s pregnancy, a delighted Harry called the baby ‘our little bump’ and the duchess became known for repeatedly cradling her stomach.

With Archie’s arrival, Harry and Meghan appeared to take to parenthood with ease.

On a trip to the Hague soon after the birth, the duke described his newborn as ‘very quiet’.

Four months after Archie was born, Meghan was back at work, launching a capsule clothing collection in aid of the Smart Works charity.

She joked as she left the launch event: ‘I’ve got to get back to the baby – it’s feeding time.’

The couple have spoken of how much they enjoyed spending time with Archie in lockdown.

Meghan said in an interview with the Evening Standard in October: ‘We are doing well. (Archie) is so good. We are very lucky with our little one.

‘He is just so busy, he is all over the place.

‘He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky.’

‘I’m crying with you, Harry and Meghan’: Grieving parents share their own heartbreaking miscarriage stories as stars including Lorraine Kelly and Susanna Reid praise couple for offering ‘solace’ to others

Grieving parents who have suffered miscarriages have been sharing their heartbreaking stories online amid an outpouring of support for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan Markle, 38, today revealed she and Prince Harry, 36, suffered a miscarriage over the summer in a powerful essay written for the New York Times. 

Parents who have suffered miscarriages have been sharing their heartbreaking stories online amid an outpouring of support for the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, after Meghan Markle revealed she lost a baby this summer

Parents who have suffered miscarriages have been sharing their heartbreaking stories online amid an outpouring of support for the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, after Meghan Markle revealed she lost a baby this summer

Parents who have suffered miscarriages have been sharing their heartbreaking stories online amid an outpouring of support for the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, after Meghan Markle revealed she lost a baby this summer 

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Author Matt Haig and BBC presenter Tessa Dunlop were among those to commend the Duchess for the article, while sharing their own experiences

Author Matt Haig and BBC presenter Tessa Dunlop were among those to commend the Duchess for the article, while sharing their own experiences

Author Matt Haig and BBC presenter Tessa Dunlop were among those to commend the Duchess for the article, while sharing their own experiences 

WHAT ARE MISCARRIAGES AND WHY DO THEY HAPPEN?

A miscarriage is when an unborn baby dies in the womb.

Miscarriages are known to be common but it’s hard to know exactly how often they occur, because they can happen before the mother even realises she is pregnant.

The NHS suggests one in every eight known pregnancies ends in miscarriage, while the charity Tommy’s estimates that a quarter of all pregnancies – whether known about or not – end in miscarriage.

Tommy’s estimates that there are around 250,000 miscarriages every year in the UK, which could mean there are around 1.2million a year in the US.

Most commonly, miscarriages happen during the first trimester – the first three months of the pregnancy. This is called an ‘early miscarriage’. The risk falls considerably in later stages of pregnancy.

Causes behind babies dying before they are born are often never uncovered, and usually cannot be prevented. It is rarely the mother’s fault that it happens, although they can be linked to smoking, drinking and using drugs.

Early miscarriages are most often caused by random genetic errors in the foetus that stop it from developing properly.

If a baby gets the wrong amount of DNA, for example, or it develops defects while cells are multiplying, it can stop its body from developing properly and ultimately end in its death.

Problems with how the placenta functions can also contribute to miscarriage. The placenta is an organ that transports nutrients from the mother’s body into the baby’s via the umbilical cord.

Miscarriages also become more likely with age.

According to the NHS, a woman in her late 30s has a two in 20 chance of suffering a miscarriage – Meghan Markle is 39.

The risk is slightly higher than for women under 30, who face a one in 10 chance, but lower than for someone over 45, for whom around half of pregnancies fail.

Causes of later-term miscarriages that happen after 14 weeks, or recurrent miscarriage in which women have them repeatedly, can be easier to pin down.

Genetic abnormalities in the mother or father can cause this, as well as a weak cervix or abnormally shaped uterus.

One-off infections may lead to miscarriage, as well as conditions that make the blood more likely to clot, such as thrombophilia or antiphospholipid syndrome.

Long-term health conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome raise the risk, too, as well as illnesses not directly linked to the reproductive system such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, kidney disease or thyroid problems.

Sources: NHS and Tommy’s 

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The Duchess has said she lost her second child after feeling a ‘sharp cramp’ while changing her son Archie’s nappy in July. 

After the article was shared, Prince Harry and Meghan received a flood of support, with author Matt Haig and television star Lorraine Kelly and among those inspired to share their own stories of loss. 

Speaking to Dr Hilary Jones on her breakfast programme today, Lorraine she said that Meghan opening up would help a lot of people.

She also brought up that she had suffered a miscarriage, saying: ‘Just seeing this this morning, it was almost exactly the same.

‘What really helped me was obviously being able to talk to you and being able to talk to other people and also Rosie, because she was only about six. 

‘And I know that she’s a lot younger than that, but that will really help having another child to focus on.

‘My heart just goes out to her, it’s just so sad. And how she’s done it is absolutely brilliant.’

Meanwhile Matt Haig, who was chosen by the Duchess to feature in her Forces for Change issue of Vogue, tweeted: ‘My wife went through a miscarriage two years ago. We were in Australia and felt alone. It was so traumatic. 

‘To grieve a future that wasn’t there. It also felt difficult to talk about. A strange taboo. It is so healthy and healing when anyone talks about this topic so openly.’

BBC Historian Tessa Dunlop commented: ‘I was exactly Meghan’s age with one child and a younger husband when I had a miscarriage.. then another … and another.

‘Be kind. It’s a very lonely space.’

Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid also praised the article, tweeting: ‘The Duchess of Sussex writes painful, personal insight about the truly tragic loss of miscarriage.

‘This will be a solace to anyone who has suffered, particularly if they have found it hard to express the grief.’ 

Meanwhile other users flooded social media with support for the couple, with one commenting: ‘I’m crying with you, for Harry and Meghan, for myself who has lost 3 babies through miscarriage and for every other family or woman that has gone through this unbelievable and unbearable. My prayers for everyone who are able to respect each others pain, even if they don’t share it.’ 

Another tweeted: ‘Absolutely heartbreaking. As someone who has suffered four miscarriages, I felt every part of this article.

‘My thoughts are with Meghan and Harry.’ 

Clea Harmer, chief executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said: ‘We are so very sorry to hear that Meghan and Harry went through the pain of losing their second baby in July. Our hearts go out to them and all who have been affected by this cruellest of bereavements.

‘Meghan sums up the pain of pregnancy and baby loss perfectly when she says ‘losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few’. The sad reality is that stigma surrounding pregnancy loss and baby death leaves many parents feeling isolated, so it helps enormously when someone in the public eye speaks out as it lets everyone affected know they are not alone.

‘Going through this grief at any time is hard enough but the isolation we have all felt this year has made it even more difficult for parents whose baby has died during the Covid-19 pandemic and has brought back painful emotions for all those who have lost precious loved ones.

‘Many people simply don’t know what to say when a baby has died. And because it is an ‘invisible’ loss many mothers go through miscarriage and may never reveal what happened to even their family or closest friends. But we can all make a difference simply by asking, as Meghan suggests, if someone we know is OK and by saying how sorry we are. The other person may not want to talk but they will know you care, and if they do want to talk it may be the start of a journey through their grief.

‘Since the Covid-19 pandemic began we have heard heart-breaking stories of mothers having to attend appointments and scans alone, or receiving bad news without their partner beside them. Sands has been sharing these insights with the NHS and Government and the outcome is that many of these issues are now being tackled.’ 

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In the wake of Meghan's New York Times piece, grieving parents have taken to social media to share their own miscarriage experiences

In the wake of Meghan's New York Times piece, grieving parents have taken to social media to share their own miscarriage experiences

In the wake of Meghan’s New York Times piece, grieving parents have taken to social media to share their own miscarriage experiences

Zoe Clark-Coates, founder and chief executive of baby loss and bereavement charity The Mariposa Trust, said she hopes the Duchess of Sussex’s essay shows miscarriage is ‘not just a women’s issue’.

She told the PA news agency: ‘(Meghan) is clearly expressing here that it’s not just her that’s going through it, this is both of them as a couple that are going through it.’

Ms Clark-Coates said that is a ‘big part’ of her work on pregnancy loss, adding: ‘One of the clear things that’s been identified is the fact that women are often offered some sort of support, sometimes not great, sometimes amazing.

‘But men are often the forgotten party and aren’t given any support at all. And that needs to change.

‘That jumped out to me today, the fact that Meghan clearly was saying that both her and Harry were in equal agony, they were weeping together, they were heartbroken together.

‘And I really hope that shows the world at large the fact that this is not just a women’s issue, this is something that effects couples but also extended families, it effects other siblings, it effects grandparents, and extended family members too.’

Coronavirus rules have compounded the ‘trauma and distress’ of miscarriage, says charity boss

Coronavirus restrictions have compounded the ‘trauma and distress’ already felt by many women who have miscarried, a charity boss said.

Clea Harmer, chief executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said social distancing limitations have meant women have had to go to hospital alone and grieve their unborn baby alone.

After the Duchess of Sussex spoke out on Wednesday about losing her unborn baby, Ms Harmer highlighted the ‘enormous’ impact coronavirus is having for women going through the same struggle.

She said: ‘Attending scans and appointments can be really difficult, especially if you have had a miscarriage before, or your baby has died before, and often the scan is the place where you were told your baby has died.

‘To be in that position on your own, without your partner there… there are heartbreaking stories of mothers being told on their own and having to go out to the car park or back home and tell their partner themselves.

‘I think the trauma and the distress that that’s causing can’t be underestimated.’

She added that while the NHS has issued guidance for hospitals to allow women to bring their partners along to appointments and some trusts are finding innovative ways to allow for this, the picture is ‘very mixed across the country’.

Michelle Kennedy, who founded a virtual platform called Peanut for women to connect over issues related to motherhood including stillbirth, said this is echoed in the ‘unbelievable rise’ in the number of people turning to her app for support.

Peanut, which allows users to speak over video and messenger forums, has seen its user base grow by 20% every month since lockdown began, and nearly two million women are now using it.

Ms Kennedy said women are using it to talk about how coronavirus will affect giving birth, IVF treatments and adoptions being paused, and going through loss without support ‘because they haven’t been able to meet people’.

She said: ‘There is something about the year that we’re living in and the challenges that we’re facing that make us want to say things and to be honest about what we’re going through but I also think it’s because women are at a point now where we’ve had to hold too much in for too long.’

Ms Kennedy added that Meghan has contacted her personally to thank her for creating Peanut, which she named after her own miscarried son who doctors told her was the size of a peanut when he died.

She said: ‘Meghan is someone who we know resonated with our user base from the first moment she was in the public eye and beyond, because she took the brave step of saying things that others certainly in the royal family hadn’t yet said.

‘She’s breaking taboos, she’s using her voice to normalise the feelings that every day women are experiencing.

‘It was amazing that she used her platform to reach back out to us, and she continues to be inspiring not only to us, but the millions of women who are using Peanut who want to feel that their emotions don’t make them weird or unusual – they’re totally normal and totally legitimate.

‘I think the duchess coming out with her own story has liberated so many women in so many different scenarios.’

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The biggest shopping event of the year has begun, with retailers offering incredible Black Friday deals and major discounts on big name brands. 

Australian shoppers can expect huge savings on big ticket items and everyday household essentials, fashion and beauty. 

The hotly anticipated event on the shopping calendar kicks off from Friday, November 27, and will span across the weekend and onto ‘Cyber Monday‘.

And with Christmas just weeks away, bargain hunters will be able to find something to suit everybody on their gift list no matter the budget. 

BEAUTY AND SKINCARE

The biggest shopping event of the year has begun - as retailers offer incredible Black Friday deals, including major discounts on big name brands (picture of Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury with Charlotte Tilbury's incredible makeup range)

The biggest shopping event of the year has begun - as retailers offer incredible Black Friday deals, including major discounts on big name brands (picture of Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury with Charlotte Tilbury's incredible makeup range)

The biggest shopping event of the year has begun – as retailers offer incredible Black Friday deals, including major discounts on big name brands (picture of Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury with Charlotte Tilbury’s incredible makeup range)

Entrepreneur Sarah Davidson with a Foreo cleansing device

Entrepreneur Sarah Davidson with a Foreo cleansing device

Woman using a Peppy Co LED light mask

Woman using a Peppy Co LED light mask

Australian shoppers can expect huge savings on big ticket items and everyday household essentials to fashion and beauty (pictured left: Foreo and right: Peppy Co LED light mask)

The best beauty and skincare deals

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Calling all beauty mavens! If you’re running low on makeup or skincare products, it’s the perfect time to stock up on all your favourite brands for a fraction of the price.

Sephora is offering 15 to 20 per cent off everything storewide for one day only on November 27, while FOREO has unleashed the biggest beauty offers.

For a limited time only enjoy up to 35 per cent off a wide range of face cleansing devices and gift with purchase with selected items.

Makeup brand MAC has slashed 20 per cent off everything in stores and online.

Calling all beauty mavens! Sephora is offering 15-20 per cent off everything storewide

Calling all beauty mavens! Sephora is offering 15-20 per cent off everything storewide

Calling all beauty mavens! Sephora is offering 15-20 per cent off everything storewide

Beauty Fridge is offering up to 50 per cent off

Beauty Fridge is offering up to 50 per cent off

Beauty Fridge is offering up to 50 per cent off

If you’re looking to update your beauty bag with all your favourite products or you need to start your Christmas shopping, Charlotte Tilbury is offering great deals on bundles, gift sets and two for one sales.

The Quick Flick is offering up to 70 per cent off everything – including its best-selling Winged Eyeliner Stamp from $10 and adhesive lash liner for $17.

Keep your eyes peeled for savings of up to 50 per cent on popular brands such as MorpheBeauty Fridgeinnisfree and Nude By Nature.

There are also massive deals at MeccaAdore Beauty, ModelCoThe Jojoba CompanyINIKA Organic and RAWW Cosmetics.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

In its biggest sale of the year, Cleanse & Co has slashed 30 per cent off a range of crystals, jewellery, candles, bath salts and essential oil blends (Cleanse & Co's crystals pictured)

In its biggest sale of the year, Cleanse & Co has slashed 30 per cent off a range of crystals, jewellery, candles, bath salts and essential oil blends (Cleanse & Co's crystals pictured)

In its biggest sale of the year, Cleanse & Co has slashed 30 per cent off a range of crystals, jewellery, candles, bath salts and essential oil blends (Cleanse & Co’s crystals pictured)

The Beauty Chef is offering 20 per cent off everything, plus a complimentary 200mL collagen inner beauty boost when you spend $200 or more, while stocks last

The Beauty Chef is offering 20 per cent off everything, plus a complimentary 200mL collagen inner beauty boost when you spend $200 or more, while stocks last

The Beauty Chef is offering 20 per cent off everything, plus a complimentary 200mL collagen inner beauty boost when you spend $200 or more, while stocks last

The Beauty Chef is offering 20 per cent off everything, plus a complimentary 200mL collagen inner beauty boost when you spend $200 or more, while stocks last.

In its biggest sale of the year, Cleanse & Co has slashed 30 per cent off a range of crystals, jewellery, candles, bath salts, prints, essential oil blends, clothing and more.

Nimble Activewear is offering discounts of up to 50 per cent off

Nimble Activewear is offering discounts of up to 50 per cent off

Nimble Activewear is offering discounts of up to 50 per cent off

JSHealth is dropping 22 per cent off everything – including its best-selling hair + energy capsules, skin + digestion tablets and detox + debloat formula pills.

FITNESS 

Rebel Sport is offering great deals across its range – including 30 per cent off Adidas and Under Armour clothing, half price Garmin smartwatches, save $100 on Fitbit, and ‘buy one, get half price’ off all footwear.

Shoppers can score 50 per cent off SWEAT workouts from fitness queen Kayla Itsines or save 25 per cent on full price activewear items from Lorna Jane.

There are also massive deals at lululemon, Nimble Activewear, P.E Nation, Nike, and Jaggad.

FASHION AND ACCESSORIES

Showpo is among the popular retailers offering great deals - including 25 per cent off sitewide

Showpo is among the popular retailers offering great deals - including 25 per cent off sitewide

Showpo is among the popular retailers offering great deals – including 25 per cent off sitewide

Fitness enthusiasts can save 25 per cent on full price activewear items from Lorna Jane

Fitness enthusiasts can save 25 per cent on full price activewear items from Lorna Jane

Fitness enthusiasts can save 25 per cent on full price activewear items from Lorna Jane

David Jones has slashed up to 50 per cent off selected fashion, shoes and accessories – and 30 per cent off full-priced women’s and men’s fashion from MINKPINK, Lioness, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Armani Exchange and more.

Shoppers can save 20 per cent on full-priced beauty brands such as Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, Tom Ford, MAC and selected fragrances including Creed, Paco Rabanne, Marc Jacobs and Hugo Boss.

Surprise someone special with a monogrammed wallet, bag, phone case and accessories at The Daily Edited – as everything storewide is 20 per cent off.

Best&Less is offering huge discounts on a range of clothing for women, men, kids and babies – including half-price markdowns, two for one deals and bundles.

Top clothing and accessories deals

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HOMEWARES AND GADGETS

There are popular retailers offering affordable deals on top homewares and kitchen gadgets during the mega Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Online retailer Catch.com.au has launched its biggest ever Black Friday sales on household favourites such as Dyson, Tefal, Apple, KitchenAid, Bose, Fitbit and Beats.

Spotlight is offering ‘unprecedented’ bargains on kitchenware, linen and bedding, towels, sewing machines, crafting items and kitchen gadgets.

Shoppers can nab a bargain on an air fryer, pick up a Tefal cooking set for less than half price, save 75 per cent on a 1,000 thread count sheet set, purchase a new sewing machine from only $62.50 or grab bath towels from just $2.50 each.

Shoppers can get an extra 10 per cent off selected KitchenAid items such as a stand mixer

Shoppers can get an extra 10 per cent off selected KitchenAid items such as a stand mixer

Shoppers can get an extra 10 per cent off selected KitchenAid items such as a stand mixer

Nespresso have some great deals across a range of machines, coffees and accessories, while shoppers can get an extra 10 per cent off selected sale items from KitchenAid such as a stand mixer, a kettle, a toaster and more.

Notable deals at Kmart include a $199 cocoon chair, a $299 modular lounge set, a $99 portable gas BBQ set, a $139 Hollywood mirror, a $129 wine cooler, a $199 retro bar fridge, a $49 sun lounger, a $27 soda maker and a $49 bread maker.

Coles is also getting in on the action with exclusive deals – including a $299 10ft stand up paddleboard, a $249 kayak, a $159 kids cubby house, $89.99 stand mixer with a stainless steel bowl and a $249 thermo cooker with 15 functions.

Other retailers offering special deals include The Reject Shop, Big W, Amazon Australia, HouseAdairs, Bed Bath N’ Table, Pottery Barn, Myer and Woolworths.

TECHNOLOGY

Dyson is offering a range of exclusive deals - including $250 off selected vacuum cleaners

Dyson is offering a range of exclusive deals - including $250 off selected vacuum cleaners

Dyson is offering a range of exclusive deals – including $250 off selected vacuum cleaners

Dyson is offering a range of exclusive deals – including $250 off the V10 Absolute+ cord-free vacuum, $250 off the V8 Absolute cord-free vacuum, $200 off the V7 Motorhead Origin vacuum and $250 off the Pure Hot+Cool Link air purifier.

ebay.com.au has dropped stellar deals with up to 60 per cent off big name brands including Apple, Nintendo, Samsung Galaxy watches and Fitbits. eBay Plus members can pick up a pair of Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) with a charging case for just $99.

Shoppers can expect great deals on big-ticket items at Bing Lee, with prices slashed on Dysons, TVs, laptops, Fitbits, Samsung Galaxy watches, espresso machines, air fryers, fridges, microwaves and more.

Kogan has some stellar deals on offer – including $800 savings on Apple laptops, 50 per cent off Garmin, and $600 slashed off 75-inch smart 4K TV.

The Good Guys has unleashed huge discounts – including 10 per cent off Apple Mac computers, 15 per cent off Weber BBQs, 20 per cent off Lenovo, HP and Acer laptops and 30 per cent off Lavazza coffee machines.

The Good Guys has unleashed huge discounts - including 10 per cent off Weber BBQs

The Good Guys has unleashed huge discounts - including 10 per cent off Weber BBQs

The Good Guys has unleashed huge discounts – including 10 per cent off Weber BBQs

Meal delivery service Youfoodz is offering special meal bundles for a fraction of the price

Meal delivery service Youfoodz is offering special meal bundles for a fraction of the price

Meal delivery service Youfoodz is offering special meal bundles for a fraction of the price

ALCOHOL

With the silly season fast approaching, Dan Murphy’s is offering top deals on popular brands such as Penfolds, Baileys, The Glenlivet, Jim Beam, Johnnie Walker and more.

BWS has launched a range of deals – including 10 per cent off when you spend $100 online, 10 per cent off selected premix products, wine and beer products online.

FOOD

Meal delivery service Youfoodz is offering special meal bundles for a fraction of the price – including seven meals for $55 or nine meals for $69.

PETS

Petbarn has up to 50 per cent off on selected products for all pets big and small – including food, flea, tick and worm products, toys, bedding, harnesses and more.

Amazon Australia’s top deals 

Amazon Australia has launched a huge sale across tens of thousands of products from toys to fashion, electronics, home, video games, beauty and more – making it easy to save and check everyone off the gift list.

Customers can also support local Australian businesses, through ‘Shop Local‘ store, featuring products from hundreds of Australian small businesses.

BEAUTY, HEALTH AND PERSONAL CARE

  • Save on select skin care from WELEDA, Thank You, NIVEA and more
  • Save on select fragrances from Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and more
  • Save on select Korean skincare products from Dear Klairs, COSRX and more
  • Save on select FOREO skincare devices
  • Save on select Oral-B products
  • Save on select supplements from Optimum Nutrition, BSN and more 

HOUSEHOLD, KITCHEN AND HOME IMPROVEMENT

  • Save 47% off RRP on select Instant Pot Pressure Cookers
  • Save on select Eufy smart home devices
  • Save up to 30% off RRP on Select Philips Hue Smart Lighting
  • 45% off RRP on select Philips Series 2000 Air Purifier, White, AC2887/70
  • Save 30% off RRP on select Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer, Stainless Steel, 5.7L
  • Save up to 30% off RRP on select BLACK+DECKER Home
  • Save on select Winix Hospital Grade Air Purifiers 
  • Save on select Roidmi Stick Vacuum Cleaners 
  • Save on select Cangshan Cutlery 

ELECTRONICS

  • Save up to 25% on select Dell Monitors
  • Save 35% on select Lenovo Tablet with Alexa Built-in TB-X606FA 10.3, now $228
  • Great savings on select Lenovo Laptops, Tablets, and Monitors
  • Save on select Yamaha Soundbar with 3D Surround Sound, Bluetooth Streaming & Built-in Alexa, now $179
  • Save up to 26% on select Sonos products
  • Save on select Smartscales, fitness tracker and other devices from Withings
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It took 12 months of intense lobbying behind the scenes, but ultimately Nick Warner secured the release of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert from an Iranian jail.

Mr Warner, the head of Australia’s intelligence service, successfully negotiated what is being described by sources as a prisoner swap deal with Iran.

Doctor Moore-Gilbert was serving a ten year sentence on trumped-up espionage charges, and had been in jail since September 2018.

The charges reportedly stemmed from the Iranian authorities’ belief that she was a spy for Israel because of her relationship with an Israeli citizen.

Mr Warner is understood to have used his extensive contacts in ongoing discussions with the Iranian regime to secure her eventual release, according to The Australian.

Meanwhile Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, lobbied with Thai officials to release three Iranian terrorists as an ­exchange for the Melbourne University lecturer.

Dr Moore-Gilbert finally left prison on Wednesday and was flown home following a gruelling 804 days in some of Iran’s toughest jails, where she also spent time in solitary confinement.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert (pictured above) spent more than two years behind bars in Iran after she was imprisoned on espionage offences

Kylie Moore-Gilbert (pictured above) spent more than two years behind bars in Iran after she was imprisoned on espionage offences

Kylie Moore-Gilbert (pictured above) spent more than two years behind bars in Iran after she was imprisoned on espionage offences

Her family said they were ‘relieved and ecstatic’ while the lecturer herself expressed her ‘love and admiration for the great nation of Iran and its warm-­hearted, generous and brave ­people’.

The three terrorists ­arrived back in their home country after being released by authorities in Thailand, where they were alleged to have plotted the murder of Israeli diplomats in Bangkok.

Multiple senior sources confirmed Dr Moore-Gilbert’s release owed thanks to a meticulously planned diplomacy agreement between Australia, Iran and Thailand. 

‘Nick (Warner) has been a central player to this,’ a source said. ‘He knows the Iranian political system, and he has built crucial connections with the people who run the country.’ 

Diplomatic sources confirmed ambassador Mr McKinnon was also a key figure in the strategy, knowing that the release of the Thai prisoners would be essential to secure her freedom.

Dr Moore-Gilbert (pictured) described her release as 'bittersweet' despite the injustices she was subjected to in Iran

Dr Moore-Gilbert (pictured) described her release as 'bittersweet' despite the injustices she was subjected to in Iran

Dr Moore-Gilbert (pictured) described her release as ‘bittersweet’ despite the injustices she was subjected to in Iran

He is understood to have spent months convincing people in meetings and even at social functions to get the Thai prisoners released – who the Iranian government called ‘businessmen’. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to confirm whether the men – Saeed Moradi, Mohammed Khazaei and Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh – were part of a swap for Dr Moore-Gilbert.

He said that commenting on the circumstances of Dr Moore-Gilbert’s release could endanger ‘other Australians who may find themselves in this situation’.

Dr Moore-Gilbert, an Islamic studies lecturer, was arrested at Tehran Airport in September 2018 by the intelligence arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as she attempted to leave the country. 

She was subsequently convicted on a string of espionage offences, and sentenced to ten years jail. 

Dr Moore-Gilbert (pictured), an Islamic studies lecturer, was arrested at Tehran Airport in September 2018 by the intelligence arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Dr Moore-Gilbert (pictured), an Islamic studies lecturer, was arrested at Tehran Airport in September 2018 by the intelligence arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Dr Moore-Gilbert (pictured), an Islamic studies lecturer, was arrested at Tehran Airport in September 2018 by the intelligence arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps 

Despite her harrowing ordeal, Dr Moore-Gilbert refuses to blame Iran’s people for her wrongful imprisonment.

‘It is with bittersweet feelings that I depart your country, despite the injustices which I have been subjected to,’ she said.

‘I came to Iran as a friend and with friendly intentions, and ­depart Iran with those sentiments not only still intact, but strengthened.’ 

Prime Minister Morrison also commended ­Defence Minister Marise Payne and Australia’s ambassador Lyndall Sachs for their joint efforts to secure the academic’s release, as well as ‘other agencies who have supported this incredibly important task.’

Ms Payne is understood to have raised the lecturer’s case on numerous occasions when she met her Iranian counterpart over the last two years, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

In exchange, the Iranian government made it clear they wanted their trio of prisoners back from Thailand. 

Dr Gilbert-Moore will now quarantine for two weeks following her arrival back home.

Nick Warner, the head of Australia's intelligence community, (pictured above) was a key player in the release of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert from an Iranian jail, reports suggest

Nick Warner, the head of Australia's intelligence community, (pictured above) was a key player in the release of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert from an Iranian jail, reports suggest

Nick Warner, the head of Australia’s intelligence community, (pictured above) was a key player in the release of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert from an Iranian jail, reports suggest

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