Prince William Discusses Diana's Bulimia

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 22, 2017

An intervention fruit of his meeting with the British journalist Mark Austin whose daughter led a battle " devastating " against anorexia. Indeed, the husband of Kate Middleton contacted him after reading one of his articles in which it stated its inability to cope with the distress of his daughter, Maddy, 22, " dangerously ill ".

In his letter, William praises Mr Austin's "bravery" and says the article moved him.

Now, the 35-year old features in a Channel 4 documentary produced by Mark called Wasting Away: The Truth About Anorexia, and during the segment at Kensington Palace, talks openly to Mark and Maddy about Princess Diana's own illness.

In a bombshell 1995 interview, Diana told the BBC's Martin Bashir how her tumultuous marriage to and subsequent divorce from Prince Charles had affected her self-confidence and mental health.

Prince William and Prince Harry have continued their late mother's efforts to destigmatize mental health issues in recent years. But the princess's sons have not directly tackled their mother's eating disorder.

"I didn't like myself, I was ashamed I couldn't cope with the pressures", the Princess said. It's a repetitive pattern which is very destructive.

"We need to normalize the conversation about mental health. The fact that you are speaking out is incredibly fearless", he said.

Maddy responds: 'I was inspired by what your mum did, ' to which William replies: 'We need to be matter-of-fact about it, and not hide it in the dark where it festers'. When asked by Austin whether he's proud of his mother for speaking out about her struggles, William said, "Absolutely".

'These are illnesses. Mental health needs to be taken as seriously as physical health'.

"I tell you what, William, keep an eye on Charlotte and George", advised Austin, who admits he took his eye "off the ball' when it came to Maddy's health".

Wasting Away: The Truth About Anorexia is on C4 on Thursday at 10pm.

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