Diana, Princess of Wales, Struggled over Anxiety and Bulimia

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales, the Beginning of her Mental Disorder

Diana, Princess of Wales, recorded on tape how Prince Charles described her as a “bit chubby”. This occurred in the period of time leading up to their marriage, according to a source.  The comments set off a torrent of emotions inside of her.  She battled against bulimia and anxiety.
Sometimes we think certain people are immune from the same ills of ordinary people.  Actors, musicians, politicians or in this case royalty are no different from me and you.

A Blissful Marriage – Not So Much

Her fight began with the disorders a handful of days after the Prince of Wales proposed in February 1981.  Princess Diana explains in the recordings, how the feeling of being sick was cathartic.  The time between their engagements, to their wedding, she “shrunk to nothing”.
Diana, Princess of Wales

She “shrunk to nothing”.

She “remembers the first time I made myself sick.  I was so thrilled because I thought this was the release of tension.  The first time I was measured for my wedding dress, I was 29 inches around the waist.  The day I got married, I was 23-and-a-half inches.  I had shrunk into nothing from February to July.”

All that Glitters isn’t always Gold

On this latest recording, we hear a 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer. She described her feelings of isolation and intimidation as a royal in waiting.
The late Diana, Princess of Wales, asserted the bulimia started the week after her and Prince Charles got engaged.  He put his hand on her waistline and told her “Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?”
Diana, Princess of Wales

“Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?”

Mums the Word

Diana, Princess of Wales, did not discuss these issues until 1991, when her marriage to Prince Charles began to crumble Since their mother’s death, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been more open about their personal experiences with mental health.  Harry opened up at Heads Together Campaign on how he sought out counseling to deal with his grief.  It has taken almost 20 years for William to be able to speak about his mother openly and honestly.


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