Princess Diana’s former butler says she feared being ‘institutionalised’ after ‘never defeating bulimia’

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Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell has opened up about her eating disorder, which he claims she never defeated.

The Princess of Wales' former friend Paul spoke out about her bulimia in a clip of True Royalty TV's weekly programme The Royal Beat, which was obtained by The Sun Online, explaining that the condition allowed her to maintain some sort of control over her life when she didn't feel she had it elsewhere.

While Diana, whose son Prince Harry is reportedly going to make a documentary about her, once assured the public that she had overcome her eating disorder, Paul alleged that it stayed as part of her life until the day she died in August 1997.

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"It never left her life, bulimia, until the last week of her life. It was still there," he said. "She never conquered it because it was her control, her way of having control of something in her life."

Paul went on to explain that Diana feared she would end up institutionalised and her children Prince William, now 38, and Prince Harry, now 36, would be taken away from her if people knew her battle with bulimia had never gone away.

He continued: “You know the end game for her was to maintain dignity and try and keep herself on track for her boys, her fear was she could be institutionalised and she would lose her children.

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"The things, the people that mattered most to her in her life weren't jewels or clothes, they were William and Harry.

"And if there were taken away from her then she would've gone mad, she would've gone to pieces."

Diana spoke out about her bulimia during her infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995 as she told him: "I had bulimia for a number of years. And that's like a secret disease.

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"You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day – some do it more – and it gives you a feeling of comfort.

"It's like having a pair of arms around you, but it's temporarily, temporary.

"Then you're disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it's a repetitive pattern which is very destructive to yourself."

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Diana, whose former husband Prince Charles is said to have told her he didn't love her the day before their wedding, explained that bulimia “was a symptom of what was going on in my marriage. I was crying out for help, but giving the wrong signals."

She then insisted that she no longer had the eating disorder as she added: "[I had it for] A long time, a long time. But I'm free of it now."

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