Princess Diana became bulimic as a result of stress

The most loved and down to earth royal, Diana, Princess of Wales, fulfilled the image of the fairytale princess in the public eye, right down to the last detail. Her private life differed greatly from her public image: suffering from what she described as a difficult marriage to Prince Charles and constantly being “hunted” by the media, Lady Diana succumbed to bulimia.

As Great Britain and the rest of the world fell in love her during her magnificent wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981, Diana has already began battling personal problems behind closed doors. As has been reported by the media countless times in great depths, Lady Diana had spoken of how hard it was to become a part of the Royal Family, and how tough her marriage to Charles was, in which she accused him of belittling her and making her feel young and dumb.

“I hated myself so much,” princess-diana.co.uk, which cites NBC interview tape recordings with the princess, quotes Diana as saying. “I did not think I was good enough. I thought I was not good enough for Charles.

“Bulimia started the week after we got engaged. My husband put his hand on my waistline and said: ‘Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?’ That triggered off something in me.

“I remember the first time I made myself sick, I was so thrilled because I thought right, this was the release of tension,” she said.

This was Diana’s silent way to battle the problems in her life. Her life with Charles, according to her, left her suicidally depressed, and she often cut herself or purposely injured herself in attempts to gain attention from her husband, who, she claims, never showed her any emotion.

“I had bulimia for a number of years,” caringonline.com quotes Lady Diana as saying. “And that’s like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day – some do it more – and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It’s like having a pair of arms around you, but it’s temporarily, temporary. Then you’re disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it’s a repetitive pattern, which is very destructive to yourself.”

The divorce from Prince Charles, finalized in August 1996, systemically ended the tragedy of Lady Diana’s personal life.  Just a year later, on August 31, 1997, Lady Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, France.

Other celebrities who have battled bulimia include Paula Abdul, Geri Halliwell and Sally Field.

Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Princess_diana_bristol_1987_02.jpg; Author: Rick

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