Harry Redknapp and his wife Sandra have revealed that they suffered a miscarriage in the early period of their 55-year marriage.
The former West Ham manager, 75, and former hairdresser Sandra, 76, who live in Poole, have opened up about their tragic loss that took place in their new joint autobiography When Harry Met Sandra.
The couple met when they were just 17-years-old and their decades-long romantic relationship came to light following Harry’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here in 2018.
However, this is the first time that they have spoken about Sandra suffering a miscarriage at 12 weeks after falling pregnant in February 1969.
Sandra explained that she was walking home after finishing work at a hair salon in Barking, when she knew that she was having a miscarriage.
The former hairdresser said she had missed the bus and was walking in deep snow when she lost all feeling in her arms and feet and felt very ill.
She told Ok! Magazine that she took the decision to reveal the miscarriage in hers and Harry’s book to help people going through the same thing.
Sandra said: “Harry was away playing football when I had the miscarriage. Not many people know about it. I did think to myself, ‘Have I opened up too much?’ but if it helps someone that’s all that matters.
“It’s nice to know you’re not alone. Back then nobody talked about it and I don’t think anyone knew how to handle it, especially men.”
In the aftermath of Harry and Sandra’s devastating ordeal, the pair admit that they “cried a lot” and “didn’t know how to handle it.”
Sandra fell pregnant with her first child Mark, 52, three months after the miscarriage and went on to have former football player Jamie, 49.
She and Harry are now grandparents to eight children.
The couple have battled through some challenging times in their 60-years of being together, including when they endured another terrible loss in 2008 as Sandra’s twin sister Patricia died in hospital after contracting severe pneumonia.
Patricia was close with the Redknapp family and spent lots of time together, while continuing the family’s football legacy as she was the mother of former Chelsea player Frank Lampard.
Speaking to the Express, Harry said: “Pat had never had a day’s illness then suddenly within three of four days we lost her.
“Sandra and her were so close, it was crazy - they were always on the phone for hours every day.”
The highs and lows of Harry and Sandra’s long-standing marriage are discussed in their joint autobiography ‘When Harry Met Sandra’, which is available now on Amazon.