The Crown season 4 viewers will be met with a warning message before episodes depicting Princess Diana’s bulimia battle, it has been revealed.
Actress Emma Corrin is set to make her debut as the late royal in the upcoming cycle of the hit Netflix series, which will chart Princess Diana’s turbulent marriage to Prince Charles.
It will also follow how the Princess of Wales’ eating disorder developed in scenes which could be triggering for some viewers.
According to The Sun, three episodes will begin with the message: ‘The following episode includes scenes of an eating disorder which some viewers may find troubling. Viewers’ discretion is required.’
An insider described it as an ‘unprecedented move’ by the showrunners.
‘After all, it has previously featured scenes of war, a suicide bid, and will even include a terrorist attack in the new series,’ the source said.
They added: ‘But they have never chosen to issue a warning over these potentially disturbing images. It’s a reflection of how explicit the imagery is and how sensitively they are treating it.’
A Netflix spokesperson confirmed the warning message and explained: ‘The Crown producers worked closely with the eating disorder charity, BEAT, to ensure that their portrayal of Princess Diana’s bulimia was both accurate to the disorder and sensitively handled.
‘When viewers watch the series on Netflix they will see warning cards at the beginning of the episodes giving details of how to seek help if required.’
Some of the scenes will reportedly include Princess Diana eating puddings before vomiting in a toilet at Buckingham Palace.
Princess Diana, who died in 1997, opened up about her eating disorder in her famous interview with Martin Bashir.
She explained: ‘You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day – some do it more – and it gives you a feeling of comfort.
‘I’d come home and it would be very difficult to know how to comfort myself having been comforting lots of other people, so it would be a regular pattern to jump into the fridge.’
The royal admitted that her bulimia was a ‘symptom of what was going on in my marriage’ to Prince Charles who she divorced in 1996.
‘I was crying out for help, but giving the wrong signals, and people were using my bulimia as a coat on a hanger: they decided that was the problem – Diana was unstable,’ she told Bashir.
A final trailer for season four was released last week and sees Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson going head-to-head as Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher respectively in a clash of wits.
The two leading ladies’ frosty relationship is clear from the start with a fight for dominance becoming a central part of their professional relationship.
Set between 1979 and 1990, season four will see the Queen become aggravated at the immovable Iron Lady, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Crown season four arrives on Netflix on November 15.
If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or at email@example.com, for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment