She welcomed her second daughter Lena in June, but Zara Tindall has revealed she suffered a second miscarriage shortly after losing her unborn baby in 2016.
In an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine, alongside her brother Peter Phillips, Zara said the loss happened “really early on”.
The Queen’s eldest granddaughter has previously revealed she suffered a miscarriage, but not her secret second heartache.
“I think you need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw,” she said. “But, as with everything, time’s a great healer.”
She explained that going through her first miscarriage was tough as the pregnancy had to be made public, as is the rule for descendants of the Queen.
“We had to tell everyone and it’s like, everyone knows — that’s the hardest bit,” she said.
“That’s why I think a lot of people don’t talk about it because [a miscarriage] can happen early enough or it’s only your group of friends and your family that know.”
But when Zara lost her second baby, she and her husband, former England rugby player Mike Tindall, were able to mourn in private.
The 37-year-old equestrian said mourning was easier for her when the miscarriage happened earlier on in the pregnancy.
“I think a lot of the time you’re lucky if it happens a lot earlier,” she said.
“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.”