New Diana Film “Spencer” Sparks Controversy Due To “Lack Of Dignity” For The Late Princess

While Kristen Stewart has been praised for her performance, distressing scenes have been dubbed “unnecessarily gratuitous” by critics.


Following its premiere on the 7th of October, the latest revision of the Princess Diana saga has been slammed as “cruel” as it documents Diana’s tumultuous battle with her mental health. 

The film does not hold back in its portrayal of upsetting scenes – one of which shows the princess breaking down in tears in front of her son William, as she struggles with self-harming. Royal commentators have claimed that the film depicts an insensitive portrayal of the 36-year-old royal, who died in a car-crash in 1997. 

Stewart represents Diana in her darkest moments, including clips which show the princess hallucinating about her own death, as she fantasizes about throwing herself down the stairs, and choking on a pearl necklace. 

Royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliams has stated that the disturbing portrayal of Diana will upset her children, William, and Harry – but points out that he “strongly doubts” either of the princes will watch it. 

Despite commending the “appeal” and “merit” of Kristen Stewart’s performance – Fitzwilliam ultimately criticizes the cinema interpretation as “badly flawed”. Fellow Royal critic, Penny Junor, supports these claims, arguing that “the movie is factually incorrect”. 

Kristen Stewart has admitted that she was “really nervous” to take on such an iconic role, admitting that she was eager to “protect” Diana’s legacy and do her “justice” in her performance. Describing the movie as a “surreal poetic interpretation” – Stewart insists that the latest cinema adaption is not intended to be a “betrayal” of Diana. 

The drama film is set over the course of three days in the royal countryside residence, Sandringham in Norfolk, in which the princess makes the difficult decision to leave Prince Charles and abandon the throne. 

Indeed, moving away from the intricacies of Diana’s tragic death, Director, Pablo Larraín, has explained that “we decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides not to be the Queen”. 

While the movie has generated a range of controversy – that does not take away from Stewart being lined up as a potential contender for next year’s Oscars. 

Stay tuned for the film’s release date on the 5th of November.


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