Diana Spencer became the newest member of the British royal family in 1981, marrying Prince Charles, heir to the throne. The public loved her, and she was dubbed The People’s Princess. But Diana’s marriage was less than perfect; the Prince constantly commented on her weight, causing Diana to become bulimic and suicidal. The Prince didn’t believe her threats were real, making her feel even more desperate. The Queen refused to grant them a divorce so, desperate to get her story out. she met with a journalist who published a book about her marriage and mental health struggles. Soon after its release, more and more people in Britain started to seek treatment for eating disorders they’d previously kept secret; this was called “the Diana Effect.”

 

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