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Diana: key quotes
Tapes on which Diana, Princess of Wales, tells of her attempts to commit suicide amid her marriage breakdown have been aired on US television. Here are the highlights of what she said.

ON HER CHILDHOOD

It was a very unhappy childhood, parents were busy sorting themselves out. I remember seeing my father slap my mother across the face and I was crying on the floor... Mummy was crying an awful lot.

ON HER MARRIAGE

So he said, "Will you marry me?" And I laughed. I remember thinking this is a joke. So I said, "yes, OK." I laughed. And he was deadly serious. He said, "You do mean, you do realize that one day you'll be Queen?" And a voice said to me inside, "You won't be Queen, but you'll have a tough role." So I thought to myself, "OK," so I said, "Yes."
I thought the whole thing was hysterical, getting married. I was very, very deathly calm. I felt as though I was a lamb going to the slaughter.

ON THE MEDIA

The whole world was focusing on me. Every day I was on the front page of the papers. And I thought this was just so appalling. I hadn't actually done anything specific like climb Mount Everest or done something wonderful like that."

I had a very bad time with the press - they literally haunted and hunted me

ON BULIMIA

Bulimia started the week after we got engaged. Charles said you're getting a bit chubby, and that triggered something off.

The first time I made myself sick I was so thrilled. It relieved me of tension. I ate everything I could find and I was as sick as a parrot... it was an indication of what was going on (between Charles and Camilla).

The bulimia was appalling. Absolutely appalling. It was rife. It was four times a day on the yacht. Anything I could find I would gobble up and be sick two minutes later. Very tired.

ON CAMILLA

We were opening our diaries to discuss various things; out comes two pictures of Camilla. And on our honeymoon we have our white-tie dinner for (Egyptian) President Sadat, cuff links arrive on his wrist, two "C's" entwined like the Chanel "C."
So I said, "Camilla gave you those, didn't she?" He said, "Yes, so what's wrong with that? They're a present from a friend. And boy did we have a row. Jealousy. Total jealousy.

ON DEPRESSION AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

I hated myself so much, I didn't think I was good enough for Charles. My husband made me feel so inadequate in every possible way.

The public... they wanted a fairy princess to come and touch them, and everything will turn into gold and all their worries would be forgotten.

Little did they realise that the individual was crucifying herself inside because she didn't think she was good enough.

I was trying to cut my wrists with razor blades... we were trying to hide that from everybody... I was just so desperate.

(In 1982 while pregnant with William) I threw myself down the stairs, bearing in mind I was carrying a child. The Queen came out and saw me and was horrified.




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