Flashback Friday: When Princess Diana threw herself down the stairs while she was pregnant with Prince William

About 20 years after Princess Diana’s tragic death, a series of audio transcripts were released, in which Lady Diana detailed her struggles with mental health issues. She revealed that she threw herself down the stairs while she was pregnant with Prince William.
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It’s no secret that Princess Diana and Prince Charles were never a happy couple. We have enough controversies and scandals to support that fact. While back in the day, people knew that Diana was having a hard time adjusting to the royal lifestyle, no one ever properly understood just how much her dysfunctional personal life and a cold relationship with her husband affected her. Even though she was chased by the media everywhere she went, Princess Diana never openly discussed what she was going through.

She did share her heart-breaking thoughts with her biographer, Andrew Morton, but only after he promised to keep her secrets under tight wraps. Respecting her decision, Andrew did not share her extremely explosive revelations with anyone for years. The Princess died tragically in a car crash in 1997. And about 20 years after her death, a series of audio transcripts, which served as the source material for Andrew’s book titled Diana: Her True Story, were released. The revelations she made in those audio transcripts left people shocked to say the least.

The most disturbing revelation of them all was her struggle with mental health issues. She revealed that she threw herself down the stairs while she was four months pregnant with her elder son, Prince William. While speaking about her depression, Diana said she was going through a bad phase and tried to share it with her husband, but Charles did not take her seriously and said she was making it all up, Daily Mail reported.

In the recording, Diana asserted that she wanted her husband to take her seriously, and in an act of desperation to force her husband to listen to her, she threw herself down the stairs. “I had told Charles I felt desperate and I was crying my eyes out. He said I was crying wolf. So I threw myself down the stairs,” she revealed. Diana mentioned that Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II saw it all. “The Queen comes out, absolutely horrified, shaking - she was so frightened,” she said.

Diana admitted that her actions were a desperate cry for help. While her baby was fine, the Princess had bruises around her stomach. However, her husband continued to dismiss her problems. She also revealed Prince Philip had told his son that if his and Diana’s marriage wasn't working five years after they wed, he could go back to living his fun single lifestyle. In the audio transcripts, Diana spoke about struggling with her eating disorder, bulimia.

Diana mentioned that thanks to her husband, she became acutely aware of her less than-perfect-body before she even got married to him. She decided to lose weight to please her to-be husband.  "My husband put his hand on my waistline and said: 'Oh, a bit chubby here, aren't we?' and that triggered off something in me,” she said. Diana admitted that the rumours about Charles and Camilla also made her desperate, Marie Claire reported.

“I was desperate, desperate. I remember 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 23½ inches. I had shrunk into nothing from February to July. I had shrunk to nothing," she recalled.

She also recalled fainting at an event she was attending with her husband because she was “overtired” and wasn’t able to keep her food down. For the unversed, bulimia is an eating disorder in which people binge eat a large amount of food and then try to get rid usually by vomiting it out. She also mentioned that it deeply bothered her that she was perceived as a spoilt woman who was giving her husband "a hard time".

She mentioned that she crumbled under the pressure and tried to cut her wrists, and even threw herself against a display cabinet and broke the glass. Diana admitted that she didn’t think she was good enough and was somehow punishing herself for it. She says she slashed her chest and thighs in a desperate attempt to catch her husband’s attention. She revealed that when Prince William was just 3-years-old, he called Diana "the most selfish woman he had ever met" because he'd heard his father saying it so often.

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Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Leaving Diana behind n having fun with that witch looking cunning lady ..Charles was nothing but an irresistible playboy.being a wife whatever she did was correct ..in a relationship feeling secure is very important while diana never felt bcoz of camilla..

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

& Camilla doesnt feel totally secure with bgg him e UK ther as he keeps a very close relationship woth another woman

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I am just trying to have a balanced view. For years all of my empathy went toward Diana. For me, she will always be remembered as the people’s princess. I still have questions about her death? Now I look towards Charles. He was denied the woman he loved. He was the heir to the throne and possibly had pressure to produce another heir to follow himself? Now we know he did have a female heir. How sad for all involved. I am just glad I am not royalty with no choices of my own and the worlds exceptions to boot.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

He could have just abdicated like his mothers uncle did! He loved being a prince and one day a King, more than he loved Camilla.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

For all the Diana haters she was a young naive girl that thought her dream of marrying a prince was going to come through instead she married a selfish git who thought he could have his cake & eat it wasn’t he the one when Harry was born who said an heir & a spare I hope Charles never becomes king all Diana wanted was his love but he wasn’t interested she would be alive today if she hadn’t married him

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

well just look back in history, THE Royal family did what they wanted, WHY would they change now, I think we all agree that the marriage shouldn't have happened, IT'S sad that diana is gone, And Charles got what he always wanted HER ,SHOULDN'T have been allowed, HE should have done the decent thing, ABDICATED but Charles wanted it all,(A MARRIAGE CAN'T WORK WITH 3 PEOPLE IN IT )

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Loved Diana. She was a people's person. 3 is a crowd in any marriage. It was seflsh of Charles and Camilla for what they did. I'm sure all those married couples would agree

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

No Diana was not at fault . She thought she was marrying someone that loved her, but Charles wanted the best of 3 worlds , his inheritance of being King , kids , and his ex Camilla , Diana never stood a chance , how Camilla had the Gaul too go to their wedding I do not know, she was determined to get her man , and she steamrolled her way to get what she wanted. Queen Camilla heaven forbid .

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Whatever people say about Diana . How do you think she felt knowing even before her marriage the the man she loved was in love with another woman, he should have followed his heart and married the ugly one, instead of going through a marriage with someone he did not love. He ruined her life from start too finish. And slapper Camilla was determined to get her man no matter who got in the way. He should have abdicated and married her years ago . But he wanted both. Royalty and the other woman. How William and Harry accepted her I don’t know . Queen Camilla perish the though king and queen of the tampax factory maybe . He will never live that one down but suits them both .

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

How dare we comment against her...she was caught in an evil n powerful family ...poor thing I really pity her and feel really sorry for her..Charles killed her and he should never become the king of England

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She had borderline personality disorder. It is mentioned in the book: understanding the borderline mother. Her mom left her when she was a young girl& she sat on her steps outside her house waiting for her mom to come back & she never did; things started out not so well for her as a very young child.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She seemed to always, chin down, looking up like a puppy. I didnt like that part of her. I'm glad there are getting more attractive people in that bloodline. Lordy, what bad teeth and hair.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Diana was famous for being stunningly beautiful and stylish. Whoever you're thinking of it can't be her.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Diana was such a beautiful woman. I think your thinking of Camila

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Diana had serious mental problems before she ever married Charles. He was in no way equipped to deal with them. He grew up a lonely child in a “keep a stiff upper lip” world. His grandmother had chosen Dians for him and he was pretty much forced into the marriage. They had nothing in common. It was doomed from the beginning, neither one was totally to blame.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

You are SPOT on

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

her Kids should never forgive charles for all he did with their mom.charles is a psycho n was suffering inferiority complex with diana

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She was to good for that stuffy family She taught them how to love, touch the people. Thank god her genes are in the family now. They all look llike horse faces . She had problems but who wouldnt having that crazy family around her . She did get it together after she got rid of him . Diana was an absolute princess.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

True

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She had issues seems like she wanted to be the centre of attention and turned into a phsyco

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Being married to a man who has intimate affairs with others can turn any healthy person, unhealthy. I'm guessing you dont understand abuse and it's affects on a person.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She was such a dramaqueen She had issues and seem to like attention I dont understand the hype around her She was having an extra marital affair and thinking of leaving her husband and kids

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Her "husband" carried on multiple affairs and degraded her constantly. Could you live like that and actually feel healthy?

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

It is so easy to judge. How many of these responses are from people who were alive at this time, and knew about Charlie's egotistical ways? She was lots younger, from a broken home, and naive. He was a Playboy type, and had emo problems of his own from a cold, hard father.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She wasnt thinking of leaving her kids, leaving her husband who was having affair with Camilla, yes.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Youth, jealousy, pregnant and hormones. Never feeling as if you were good enough. She acted like a jealous 20 year old. Guess what? She was. I personally believe that it was Prince Charles duty as her husband to make her feel secure rather than insecure.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She had borderline personality disorder according the book understanding borerline mother. She is mentioned in the book.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Jealous with whom? Apply some logic before commenting.charles was aleaus inferior to her

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Your spouse is supposed to be your spouse, not a attention seeking child, but having said that Charles neglected her and never loved her. Doubt Diana would have married him if wasnt 1st in line to throne though ..so both parties at fault.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

No matter how miserable she was. Why did she put her baby in harm?

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I can't believe that after reading everything she went through all you can think about is her baby. In case you weren't aware, a woman is more than just a person who carries someone around in their bodies for 9 months. In any given situation, the mother's life and health should be more important than her baby. In addition, who are you to tell her what she should and shouldn't have done?? She was miserable with a terrible husband and had married into a family who clearly didn't give a damn about her and just ignored her pleas for help. The fact that she ended up putting her baby in danger only shows how bad her situation was. She went through hell and back and all you can do is criticise her??

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I can't believe that after hearing everything that she went through you're saying that she is not allowed to express herself in a desperate attempt to get someone to notice. In case you weren't aware, women are more than just people who carry babies around in their bodies. They have emotions as well, and every right to express them, especially in Diana's situation. Charles was being a jerk, and Diana had good reason for doing what she did. And the fact that she actually did put her baby in danger only shows how bad her situation was. So, in case my point was not clear, the baby's life is not as important as the mother, and anyways, who are you to tell her what she should and shouldn't have done? She was in a terrible situation, and instead of feeling sorry for her all you do is criticise her actions.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Emm .. OK.. she threw herself down stairs with heir to the British Monarchy and the Queen and Govt didn't do anything about it? Come one!

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

That was meant to be come on, not come one.. (typo) as in to say... the story seems fake.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Why only one!!??? Everybody should’ve come

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