Prince Williams opens up about Princess Diana's battle with bulimia

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Princess William with his mum Diana Princess of Wales

The Duke of Cambridge said a "pack" would hound and chase his mother, spitting at the royal and calling her names to get a reaction. The 91-year-old monarch has faced some criticism in the past for staying on at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in the days after the death of Diana, away from the public outpouring of grief in London.

When Princess Diana publicly spoke about her bulimia battle in 1995, it exposed her innermost vulnerability - but also revealed a determined courage in speaking out against the "secret disease" she had battled against for years.

Harry said that he and his brother William had been told that numerous times by "people that know that was the case".

In an emotional interview in a BBC documentary, he and Prince William open up about their mother's death 20 years ago. "And I think she - everyone - was surprised and taken aback by the scale of what happened at the nature of how quickly it all happened". It was like nothing you can really describe, it was very unusual.

William and Prince Harry have dedicated their public roles to breaking the stigma around mental health issues.

Speaking of his disbelief of the actions of the paparazzi on the night of the accident, Harry condemned the fact the photographs made their way into newsrooms in the UK.

"You have to know that when you have bulimia you're very ashamed of yourself and you hate yourself... so you don't discuss it with people".

Harry has previously been critical of that decision but he told the programme: "I'm glad I was part of it".

He added, that it was hard to "balance between me being Prince William and having to do my bit, versus the private William who just wanted to go in a room and cry because he'd lost his mother". "It was kind of like a little tiny bit of safely blanket", he said. "I know it sounds ridiculous but at the time I felt if I looked at the floor with my hair in my face no-one could see me", he adds.

"She'd had quite a severe head injury but she was very much still alive on the back seat".

William and Harry bravely followed their mother's coffin at her royal funeral.

The royal was only 12 years old when his mother died in a vehicle crash in Paris, France on 31 August 1997, and in an upcoming BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days, he appeared to confirm his father Charles broke the news to his sons while they were on holiday at their Scottish royal residence Balmoral.

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