A new documentary airing on CNN shows that the cracks in Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marriage were there long before their separation.
Titled Diana, the program recounts an incident in which the mother-of-two fainted at a Vancouver World Fair in 1986. The health scare was due to the Princess of Wales' struggle with bulimia, but instead of being sensitive about the matter, Charles took the opportunity to poke fun at the situation.
"My wife is feeling much better now than she was earlier in the afternoon and it's entirely due to the extremely advantageous conditions that pertain in British Columbia — the weather and the general fertile conditions — which have ensured she's about to have sextuplets, which is really why she fainted," he told the crowd, Newsweek reported. "It's not actually true."
To this day, his words don't sit well with some.
"He showed a lack of sympathy," royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith shared in the documentary. "It was an indication that he didn't care as much. That something had gone out of the marriage."
Journalist Bidisha Mamata noted that back then, "people didn't understand eating disorders very well at all, but he actually went one further than that. He made cruel jokes."
Diana talked about the scary scene to her secret biographer Andrew Morton, who published her words in Diana: Her True Story.
The People's Princess recalled how she had been walking around for hours but "hadn't eaten for days beforehand." She then cried her eyes out when they returned to their hotel, where her husband insisted that she still needed to attend the function that night, which was where he made the joke.
The Prince of Wales allegedly said, "She must go out tonight otherwise there's going to be a sense of terrific drama and they are going to think there's something really awful wrong with her."
Diana noted of the ordeal, "Inside me, I knew there was something wrong with me, but I was too immature to voice it."