Family Princess Diana's Fateful Christmas at Sandringham: Inside the Real-Life 3 Days in Spencer
Kristen Stewart's performance as Princess Diana in 'Spencer' gets to the heart of the truth
Kristen Stewart is outstanding as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín's "Spencer." The film also stars Timothy Spall, Sean Harris and Jack Farthing.Both the fable and tragedy aspects of that statement are important to the understanding of the film, which features a brilliant performance from Kristen Stewart as Diana. We know the tragic outcome of Diana’s increasingly uncomfortable life in the spotlight, of course — her untimely death hangs over the film from the start.
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Spencer, director Pablo Larraín's highly buzzy film starringas the Princess of Wales, follows three days over the Christmas holiday at Sandringham in 1991, when an anguished Diana resolved to end her broken marriage.
In real life, there were apparent signs of strain. Princess Diana joined the rest of the royal family in their traditional Christmas morning church outing with sonsand . As they walked along the path and greeted well-wishers, Diana and Charles walked separately. Even in group photos, Princess Diana appears smiling — buffered from Charles by several members of the family.
When Royal Life Is a Horror Film
Spencer puts a fresh spotlight on Princess Diana—but not for her historical or political significance.Into all this rigor and procedure wanders Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales (Kristen Stewart), a whirlwind of unpredictability in a world utterly ill-equipped for it. Pablo Larraín’s film imagines one particularly fraught Christmas holiday in 1991 when Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles was unsteady and the royal family’s patience for the media frenzy around the princess was beginning to wear thin.
Princess Diana also told Andrew Morton for his 1992 book Diana: Her True Story that Christmas with the royals was "highly fraught" and marked by "lots of tension."
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By the early '90s, Diana had been treated for bulimia, but the cycle of bingeing and purging still cropped up periodically. "Especially" at the Queen's estates in Windsor, Balmoral or Sandringham," she told Morton. "Sick the whole time."
"Spencer" Explores the Significance of Princess Diana's Childhood Home, Park House
The film’s production designer and set decorator tell us how Park House was recreated for the film—and what the dwelling meant to Princess Diana. Princess Diana was born at Park House and lived there until the age of 14, when she and her family moved into Althorp House (a 100,000-square-foot mansion with 90 rooms) after her father, John Spencer, acquired his title as Viscount Althorp. Throughout Spencer, we see Diana consistently trying to return back to her abandoned childhood home in an attempt to relive a time in her life when she wasn’t confined to the constraints of being a royal.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced their separation in 1992, 11 years after. After Charles publicly admitted his infidelity and Diana gave her infamous BBC interview — in which she said that there were "three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded" — they finally made their divorce official in 1996 at 's urging.
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While Spencer's storytelling is fanciful (it even includes a cameo from King Henry VIII's beheaded wife Anne Boleyn), it captures the essence of that holiday gathering: smiles for the public eye and misery behind closed doors.
"Spencer is a dive inside an emotional imagining of who Diana was at a pivotal turning point in her life," Stewart previously said of the part. "It is a physical assertion of the sum of her parts, which starts with her given name: Spencer. It is a harrowing effort for her to return to herself, as Diana strives to hold onto what the name Spencer means to her."
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