Kristen Stewart says Diana film Spencer depicts a ‘true unravelling’

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Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana and Princess Diana herself

Kristen Stewart will portray the ‘true unravelling’ of Princess Diana in Spencer (Picture: Getty/Backgrid)

Kristen Stewart will portray Diana, Princess of Wales, in the highly-anticipated film Spencer later this year.

The Twilight actor, 31, said the movie depicts ‘a true unravelling’ of the Princess, as it explores the time when she decided to leave her marriage to Prince Charles after rumours of infidelity and divorce surfaced.

Speaking at a press conference at Venice Film Festival, Kristen explained that royal advisers were on hand to tell them ‘all the things that you couldn’t know as an outsider’ and ensure the smallest of details were accurate.

‘The stage that we depict in the film is a true unravelling,’ she said.

‘So, once I learned the curtsy and I learned that we are supposed not to go in the kitchen ourselves and steal food, all of those details, I don’t really remember them, but there was always someone around to make sure that if anything was out of line that we were remaining authentic and we weren’t undermining what we were trying to do.’

The Happiest Season star also revealed her personal feelings towards Diana, referring to her as ‘a woman who wanted people to come together,’ after previously admitting to feeling ‘protective’ over her.

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Reflecting on the qualities that made Diana so fascinating, Kristen said: ‘I think it’s just something she was born with.

‘There are some people that are endowed with an undeniable penetrating energy.’

She also confessed the ‘really sad thing’ about her is how ‘isolated’ and ‘lonely’ she felt, even ‘when she made everyone else feel accompanied and bolstered by this beautiful sort of light.’

‘And all she wanted was to just have it back,’ she admitted.

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer

The actor described Diana as ‘a sparkly house on fire’ (Picture: PA)

The Charlie’s Angels actor went on to offer her own perception of royal life as an American: ‘As an outsider, I can say the Brits generally have the stiff-upper-lip mentality, that is the go-to generalisation.

‘I think that for her, I look at pictures of her, even just a fleeting little video clip, and I feel like the ground shakes and you don’t know what’s going to happen.’

She admits the princess was ‘so generous with her energy’ and ‘we haven’t had very many of those people throughout history.’

‘She really sticks out as a sparkly house on fire.’

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer poster

The haunting Spencer movie poster caught everyone’s attention (Picture: Neon)

Kristen later clarified the purpose of the film, admitting that while ‘the movie doesn’t offer any new information’ and doesn’t profess to know anything, ‘it imagines a feeling.’

‘There’s nothing salacious about our intention, I think that would be probably more embedded in interpretation.’

The movie will premiere at the 78th Venice Film Festival this Friday, as it explores a weekend in the early 1990s when Diana joined the royal family for Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain, it imagines what might have happened over those few days, when her marriage to the Prince of Wales has gone cold but she is still obliged to join the family festivities.

Spencer is landing in cinemas on November 5.

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