Lady Diana Frances Spencer (July 1, 1961–August 31, 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From the time of her engagement until her death, Princess Diana was one of the most famous women in the world. She was known across the world as “The People’s Princess” and “The Queen of Our Hearts” (Pettinger, 2006). Through her charity and her life struggles, many people admired and could relate to the Princess.
Princess Diana was well-known for her charity work, especially for her campaigns against the use of landmines and helping victims of AIDS (Biography.com, 2011). Little was known about AIDS, some still believed a person could get AIDS by touching, hugging, or kissing an infected person. In April 1987, the Princess of Wales was the first high-profile celebrity to be photographed knowingly touching a person infected with the HIV virus (Pettinger, 2006). This had a significant impact on changing people’s opinions and attitudes to the disease.
Perhaps her most widely publicized charity appearance was her visit to Angola in January 1997. There she served as an International Red Cross VIP volunteer, visited landmine survivors in hospitals, touring de-mining projects run by the HALO Trust, and attended mine awareness education classes about the dangers of mines immediately surrounding homes and villages (Pettinger, 2006). While the public watch Diana battle injustices to humanity, Diana battled several serious psychological issues.
Princess Diana struggled with bulimia and depression throughout her life (Biography.com, 2011). In 1992, Andrew Morton’s book, Diana: Her True Story reveled that Diana had attempted suicide during the early years of marriage, struggled with an eating disorder, and obsessed that Charles continued to love a woman he had fallen for years before, Camilla Parker-Bowles (BBC News, 1997). In the book, Diana explains how she first struggled with bulimia in 1981 after several reporters made comments about her pudgy nature, and was still suffering from it during the late ‘80s when she sought treatment (Eating disorder, 2011). On November 20, 1995, Diana gave an unprecedented and remarkably open interview with the BBC's Panorama program. The program was watched by millions as she described her post-natal depression, the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles and her tense relationship with the Royal Family as a whole (BBC News, 1997). Despite her personal issues, Diana was a loving and protective mother who only wanted the best for her children.
Psychiatric diagnoses are categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. The DSM uses a multidimensional approach to diagnosing because rarely do other factors in a person's life not impact their mental health (Comer, 2006). The first dimension is clinical syndromes. Princess Diana was diagnosed with both Bulimia and depression. The key characteristics of this disorder include bingeing, the intake of large quantities of food, and purging,...