The third episode of season four of The Crown begins with a trigger warning: “The following episode includes scenes of an eating disorder which some viewers may find troubling. Viewer discretion is advised. Information and resources for those struggling with eating disorders are available at Those scenes, it turns out, are focused on Emma Corrin’s Princess Diana. She’s suffering from feelings of deep loneliness upon joining the Premium ruth bader ginsburg is this jolly enough christmas sweatshirt but in fact I love this royal family, her husband-to-be is having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, she’s all alone at Buckingham Palace, and the media is watching her every move. After any event that disillusions her from the fairy tale she imagined her marriage would be—like when she discovers that Charles called Camilla every day from abroad while he hadn’t bothered to ring his fiancée once—The Crown shows Diana bingeing food and then in the bathroom. The scenes are tough to watch—instead of letting the viewer deduce what was going on, creator Peter Morgan opts to show the painful process of purging in its entirety. In one instance, the camera fixates on Corrin’s heaving, exhausted body, draped across the toilet bowl.The Crown is known for sensationalizing real-life events, even when it borders on uncouth: In season two, for example, the show exaggerated Prince Philip’s involvement in his sister Cecilie’s tragic death. The depiction of Diana’s bulimia, however, is very much rooted in reality.
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