The Crown Season 4 will feature the struggle of Princess Diana with bulimia, but will it do good to people with this condition?
The upcoming season will introduce Princess Diana as the new member of the Royal Family upon marriage to Prince Charles. But aside from her life and romance’s ups and downs, it will also tackle her health.
It’s quite rare to see an accurate portrayal of an eating disorder on TV. So, there are fears that it may affect people who have it.
A promise to sensitively depict the condition
The show’s producers make sure they will only show an accurate depiction of the said sensitive condition on TV.
Left Bank Pictures, The Crown‘s production company, worked alongside a U.K.-based eating disorder company, Beat, to correctly address Princess Diana’s bulimia.
“Producers worked closely with the eating disorder charity, BEAT,” a spokesman said, via Mirror Online. “To ensure that their portrayal of Princess Diana’s bulimia … was both accurate to the disorder and sensitively handled.”
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One of Diana's favourite tiaras was the Lovers Knot Tiara. Before it was passed on to the Queen, it featured 19 upright pearls at the top, as well as the 19 hanging ones, though these were removed at some point in the early or mid 50s it seems. And it’s no surprise, given how heavy the tiara reportedly was. Princess Diana reportedly complained that it was so heavy, it gave her headaches, though it didn’t stop her wearing the tiara she clearly loved so much. 👑
The fears of featuring an eating disorder on TV
According to the Independent, eating disorders remain to be a “largely misunderstood” issue until today. It is ugly and painful to real sufferers.
So, its depiction should correctly portray what a person who has bulimia suffers and never romanticize the illness.
There are fears the show that features the beloved and beautiful Princess Diana with bulimia could trigger the ones who have it.
People behind The Crown Season 4 should be mindful to educate people about bulimia. They, too, should be cautious of the methods they will show that can be an “advise or guidance” for some.
The eating struggle of Princess Diana
In The Crown Season 4, Emma Corrin, who will play the role of Princess Diana, will be seen enjoying her food before puking it all out in the toilet.
It will be an explicit scene that will depict the People’s Princess’s illness back then. She tried to hide it for years before she revealed her real condition to the public.
“You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb,” Princess Diana said about her bulimia. “And you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable.”
“You fill your stomach up four or five times a day,” she added. “Some do it more – and it gives you a feeling of comfort.”
The Crown Season 4 is set to be out on Sunday, Nov. 15, on Netflix. It will be the first time that fans will see Princess Diana as part of the story.
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