The rift between Prince Harry and his brother is said to have thawed in the wake of his wife Meghan's devastating miscarriage.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, revealed she lost her second child in July in a tear-jerking New York Times op-ed published last week.

But the tragedy may have had a silver lining, bringing Harry and Meghan closer to Prince William and Kate Middleton after months of tension, Mirror Online reports.

The loss of Harry and Meghan's second child could lead to a closer relationship with William and Kate, experts claim
The loss of Harry and Meghan's second child could lead to a closer relationship with William and Kate, experts claim

The brothers reportedly stopped speaking for months after the Sussexes announced they would be taking a step back from the Royal Family earlier this year, according to insiders.

Royal expert and author of Kate: The Future Queen, Katie Nicholl, told OK!: "I'm told that William and Kate were in touch with Harry and Meghan when this happened in July.

Experts claim William and Kate reached out to Harry and Meghan after their loss

"The whole family has reached out to offer support. I don't know if the royal family were aware she was set to go public with this but they would think it was a hugely brave thing to do.

"I do think a situation like this is what will help heal rifts and bring the family back together. Hard times like this encourage communication."

In her op-ed titled The Losses We Share, Meghan described how she felt a cramp in her stomach.

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

Meghan miscarried while changing Archie's nappy in July

"Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal.

"Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few," she added.

This year has proved to be a sobering one for the royals, after Prince Charles, 71, fell ill with Covid-19 in March and was forced to self-isolate for seven days.

Author of Harry and Meghan's recent biography Finding Freedom – which detailed the tensions between the brothers – Omid Scobie told OK!: "I know that Harry and William had many private conversations when their father was ill with Covid.

William and Harry spoke regularly while their dad Charles was sick with Covid-19, an expert says

"Similarly with Meghan's miscarriage, it's understandable that this tragedy would cause the foursome to stay in touch and check in on one another."

The Duchess is not the first royal to speak out about miscarriage.

Harry's cousin Zara Tindall suffered two baby losses before welcoming her second child with husband Mike Tindall in 2018.

And Prince Edward's wife Sophie Wessex endured a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy in 2001.

Katie Nicholl told OK! that while the royal family's traditional mantra has long been "never complain, never explain", Meghan is a shining example of the younger generation's comfort in expressing vulnerability.

Meghan is a "shining example of the younger generation's comfort in expressing vulnerability"

"The younger royals have really changed public perception. We've seen William and Harry discuss mental health and Kate open up about the challenges of motherhood.

"The younger royals realise the importance of raising awareness for issues that can impact anyone. Meghan has always been an advocate for issues close to her heart.

"She will have been aware of the impact her letter will have and will have hoped it can help other women struggling."