Years after her wedding, Princess Diana looked back on her time as a bride in the blinding spotlight—when she was just barely twenty years old—as being confused, dazed, frightened, extremely tired, unwell, and without a foundation to help handle the trying situations and self-doubt. Nor, it seems, did she have anyone to talk to about it all. Whether it was concerns about marriage and fidelity or not receiving enough attention from her groom; whether it was the focus on her appearance or confusion over what outfits were appropriate in her new role; whether it was being dazzled by the glittering pageantry of being a princess bride or all the attention the media put on her clothes and image; whatever combination of circumstances, there were telling signs of her distress as chronic bulimia set in.
[This is part one of a two-part excerpt from my book-in-progress, The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride...from a section called "Loving the Skin We're In." Part Two posted soon!]