Having entered the royal family at a very young age, Diana was faced with several challenges.
Princess Diana was the epitome of compassion and grace. Unlike other members of the royal family, she made herself accessible to the public and related to their hardships. Despite being loved by millions around the world, the Princess did not receive the same from her own family. The Princess was stuck in a broken marriage and bound by the royal regulations and traditions. However, though she was a prisoner of her privilege, Diana found her own path amidst it.
Here are five instances where Diana felt lost and helpless with no one to listen to her cry:
Weeks before the wedding, Diana was left devastated by her soon-to-be husband's actions. According to Mirror Online, Diana discovered a bracelet Charles had bought for his ex, Camilla. The custom made jewelry had the letters G and F inscribed on it. It referred to Gladys and Fred - the nicknames Charles and Camilla called each other. Diana was furious and could not tolerate the dishonesty from her husband.
Speaking of the event, the Princess stated, "So I opened it and there was the bracelet. I was devastated, and I said 'Well, he's going to give it to her tonight'. So rage, rage, rage. You know, 'Why can't you be honest with me?' But no, absolutely cut me dead."
She added, "It was as if he’d made his decision, and if it wasn't going to work, it wasn't going to work. He'd found the virgin, the sacrificial lamb - and in a way he was obsessed with me, but it was hot and cold, hot and cold, you never knew what mood it was going to be, up and down, up and down."
When Princess Diana got engaged to Prince Charles, she was excited to be his wife and a part of the royal family. However, soon after the engagement, Diana learned about the place Camilla Parker Bowles had in her husband's life. Just two days before the grand ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, Diana tried to call off her wedding. However, she was not successful. According to Express UK, her two older sisters, Baroness Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale convinced her. They told her, "darling, there your face is on all the cups and towels of the kingdom. It's a little too late."
Princess Diana tried hard to gain a place in her husband's heart. However, despite it all, he reassumed his relationship with Camilla in 1986. Though she gathered the strength to confront her husband and Camilla about their affair, the betrayal took a toll on her health. Her husband's affair was a major factor that contributed to her suffering from bulimia, Diana revealed in an interview with the BBC. “I didn’t like myself, I was ashamed I couldn’t cope with the pressures. I had bulimia for a number of years, and that’s like a secret disease. It’s a repetitive pattern which is very destructive. It was my escape mechanism," said Diana, according to Cheat Sheet. It became her way to release the tensions of her bad marriage.
After the birth of Prince William, Diana went into depression. "You'd wake up in the morning feeling you didn't want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself," said Diana about that phase in her life, according to BBC. However, the people around her were apathetic. "It gave everybody a wonderful new label - Diana's unstable and Diana's mentally unbalanced," said the Princess.
Diana was saddened by Charle's extramarital relationship. She turned to the royal family for support. However, she was disappointed by their approach. According to Express UK, Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell claimed she was made to feel affairs were normal within the royal circle. He stated, "I was there and I did see it, I did hear it. It was part of my life. And when you hear the Queen Mother personally saying something like 'Diana is such a silly girl, doesn't she understand? Men have affairs'. Now that put it all into a nutshell of what the Royal Family thinks. Because they think it's okay for that to happen."