Before her death in 1997, Princess Diana uncovered her deepest secrets in various recordings sent to author Andrew Morton to write his book, Diana: Her True Story.
In one particular excerpt obtained by the Daily Mail, the Princess of Wales details a dark moment during her stay at Sandringham in Norfolk, England, in January 1982. She allegedly threw herself down the stairs while four months pregnant with Prince William to get her husband Prince Charles’ attention amid their reportedly stormy marriage.
“I had told Charles I felt so desperate and I was crying my eyes out. He said I was crying wolf,” she recalls. “So I threw myself down the stairs. The Queen comes out, absolutely horrified, shaking – she was so frightened. I knew I wasn’t going to lose the baby (though I was) quite bruised around the stomach. When he came back, you know, it was just dismissal, total dismissal.”
Princess Diana also opens up about dealing with bulimia, recalling the first time she fainted, at the Vancouver Expo in 1986. “I remember walking around, feeling really ghastly,” she says. “I didn’t dare tell anyone I felt ghastly because I thought they’d think I was whinging. I put my arm on my husband’s shoulder and said, ‘Darling, I think I’m about to disappear.'”
After fainting, the Princess recalls, “My husband told me off. He said I could have passed out quietly somewhere else, behind a door. It was all very embarrassing. My argument was I didn’t know anything about fainting… Inside me, I knew there was something wrong with me, but I was too immature to voice it.”
“A doctor came and saw me,” she adds. “I told him I was being sick (making myself sick). He didn’t know what to say because the issue was too big for him to handle. He just gave me a pill and shut me up. I felt miserable. But it was all very strange. There were so many forces pulling me and I didn’t have a clue which way to turn.”