Princess Diana Recorded Her Bulimia Anguish After Prince Charles Called Her ‘a Bit Chubby’

PEOPLE.com | 6/9/2017 | Karen Mizoguchi
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Diana: Her True Story – in Her Own Words is being republished later this month with a new foreword from author Andrew Morton, timed to the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in August.

The late Princess of Wales herself was the secret “source” for the book originally, speaking through tapes given to Morton by her friend, James Colthurst. The truth of Diana’s involvement came out after her death — including her private battle with bulimia nervosa: the binge-and-purge syndrome that afflicts millions of women.

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“The bulimia started the week after we got engaged (and would take nearly a decade to overcome),” Diana had recorded herself saying. “My husband [Prince Charles] put his hand on my waistline and said: ‘Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?’ and that triggered off something in me. And the Camilla thing.”

Diana was referring to Camilla Bowles‘ relationship with the Prince of Wales, an affair that occurred while she was still married to her first husband Andrew Parker-Bowles and Charles was still married to Diana.

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“I was desperate, desperate. I remember the first time I...
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