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Princess Diana blamed Charles' 'chubby' comment and his affair with Camilla for bulimia battle, secret tapes reveal

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Princess Diana poured her heart out about her imploding marriage to Charles in a series of secret audio tapes, new transcripts have revealed.

The pair met when Diana was just 16 and Charles, 29, and he was dating her older sister Sarah.

After seducing Diana at his 30th birthday at Buckingham Palace the pair were married in 1981.

But ten years later, the marriage was falling apart as Charles rekindled his romance with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Author Andrew Morton was one of the few to know what was going on behind closed doors.

Diana agreed to record her thoughts onto tapes via a go-between.

The secret interview sessions with a doctor friend proved to be a cathartic experience for Diana who poured her heart out about her miserable life.

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His book 'Diana: A True Story' caused a sensation when it was first published in 1992.

Now he has released transcripts of the tapes to the Daily Mail for the first time.

They reveal how the vulnerable princess began losing weight even before her wedding day when she was still a teenager.

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"The bulimia started the week after we got engaged," Diana said.

"My husband put his hand on my waistline and said: ‘Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?’ and that triggered off something in me.

"And the Camilla thing. I was desperate, desperate. "

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"I remember the first time I made myself sick.

"I was so thrilled because I thought this was the release of tension."

The already slender princess lost almost six inches from her waistline between the first time she tried on her wedding dress and the big day.

And she was immediately suspicious of Charles' relationship with Camilla.

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She said: "We always had discussions about Camilla, though.

"I once heard him on the telephone in his bath on his hand-held set, saying: ‘Whatever happens, I will always love you.’

"I told him afterwards that I had listened at the door, and we had a filthy row."

Mr Morton's book sparked furore at the time, with some bookstores banning it and one MP calling for him to be locked in the Tower of London.

But he insists the princess, who died in a car crash in Paris 20 years ago this year, never regretted sharing her personal life with him.

He told the Mail: "Ironically, a biography written and produced with Diana’s enthusiastic co-operation was being piously boycotted on the suspicion that it was a pack of lies.

"But it soon became apparent that the book really was, as it claimed, Diana’s own true story.

"And the Princess quickly began to receive the kind of support that always meant so much to her."

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