Explosive Spencer’s film shows Princess Diana’s self-harm, bulimia and nervous breakdown
KRISTEN Stewart’s drama Princess Diana is arguably the most explosive royal film ever to be made.
The film titled Spencer will rock the Windsor home with a series of shocking scenes, some of which are fictionalized and others based on the truth.
Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36, is described as being in the midst of psychological depression as she desperately tries to escape the grip of her suffocating in-laws .
In the film, which will be released on Friday, November 5, moviegoers will see the beloved late princess self-injuring herself with wire cutters, deliberately vomiting up her food, and chatting about indulging herself.
The film by Chilean director Pablo Larrain, who also directed a biopic on Jackie Kennedy, also stars Timothy Spall and Sally Hawkins.
Larrain described his production as a “fable of a true tragedy” rather than a biopic.
Diana’s biographer Ingrid Seward said Princes William and Harry would be “very angry and hurt” by the way their late mother is portrayed in the film.
But much of it is based on historical reports. Here we separate fact from fantasy.
Diana “fears for her life”
Spencer takes place over three days at the Sandringham Estate in December 1991 as Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage draws to a close.
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It is correct that the couple’s relationship was at a breaking point during this time and they announced their separation less than a year later.
Diana asks “Are they going to kill me?” because she arrived late for the festive meeting, after the queen.
It is true that tradition dictates that the sovereign is the last to arrive at any royal event.
Princes William and Harry will be very angry and hurt
Was Diana afraid of being killed? The comment appears to be made jokingly in the film, but it has been reported that she has expressed fear of being pushed back.
She reportedly once remarked, “Someday I’m going to get in a helicopter, and it’s just going to explode. MI6 is going to kill me.”
Weigh on arrival
Upon arrival, Spall’s character – Equerry Major Alistair Gregory – insists that Diana is weighed on a scale.
While this appears to be a nod to the princess’ documented eating disorder, it is, in fact, a bizarre royal Christmas tradition.
It was started by King Edward VII who feared that guests would get enough of the festivities by eating a lot of food.
Thus, they were weighed at the beginning and at the end of the stay to see if they had gained enough kilos.
Self-harm and OCD
In the film, Diana becomes ill after eating sumptuous food and cakes.
A scene that shows her swallowing a pearl necklace offered by Charles before regurgitating them later is clearly a fantasy.
It is well known, however, that Diana actually suffered from bulimia and that the Royal Family were concerned about her weight loss.
After poking her head in the toilet, Charles’ wife rubs her hands in what appears to be an act of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Although biographers including Penny Junor have reported that Diana suffers from depression and severe mood swings, no diagnosis of OCD has been made.
Likewise, Larrain turbo charges a dramatic effect when he portrays the fragile princess self-injuring.
In secret recordings from her biographer Andrew Morton, Diana apparently confessed to cutting herself while at Balmoral.
But the director takes this to a horrific new level by showing Diana attacking her arm with wire cutters.
Royal biographer and expert Penny Junor said the film was “unnecessarily free,” adding, “Letâs leave Diana with a touch of respect and dignity. I know William was there when she was unhappy, but it feels like the film to me. is factually incorrect. “
The obsession of Anne Boleyn
Diana continues to see visions of King Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and even turns into an executed queen at one point.
The film is historically accurate when it says the Spencer family is distantly related to the Boleyns – but Diana’s obsession with them is likely a work of fiction.
Diana says of Boleyn in the movie: “She married the King of England and he cut her head off because he met another woman and wanted her to be queen instead.”
It seems to be a reference to Camilla Parker Bowles, Charles’s mistress who became his second wife.
There is no historical record of conversations between members of the Royal Household during Christmas 1991, so they were largely imagined by the writers.
Intentions laid bare
A particularly shocking moment in the film is when Diana says to her dresser, “Now let me I want to masturbate.”
Twilight star Stewart pretty much maintains the late princess’s modesty.
The actress is never shown fully nude, but we do see her undressing a few times.
Spall’s spooky character would later tell him, “One of them saw you dressing and undressing with the curtains open.”
While this is clearly a fictional scene, the reference to masturbation might have been loosely based on Diana’s affair with actor James Gilbey, nicknamed “Squidgygate” after calling her Squidgy during a phone call leaked in late 1989.
He reportedly told the princess that he would imagine hugging her at night and, on another occasion, discussed masturbation.
Over the course of the three days, the Princess is increasingly drawn to the dilapidated house of the Spencer family in Sandringham.
It is true that she was born Diana Spencer at Park House on the Norfolk Estate and spent some time there as a child.
But the property was donated by the Queen to the Leonard Cheshire charity in 1983, long before the events of this film, and has not been left to be abandoned.
Moreover, the castle used to represent Sandringham in Spencer bears no resemblance to the royal house.
I’ll cut my dress to pieces with a kitchen knife
Stewart as Diana
Shot in a schloss – similar to a castle – in Germany it has a spectacular square moat, unlike the British house.
We also see Diana’s frustration with rituals, including the rules about what to wear and when.
At one point, she threatens, “I’m going to cut my dress into pieces with a kitchen knife.”
It is true that the royals would have to change their outfit for every Christmas event during the day, and Diana didn’t like that.
Royal expert Richard Kay said: “It was one of the inflexible rituals Princess Diana and the Duchess of York struggled to adjust to.”
The caring princess
Spencer accurately shows that Diana is warm towards the servants.
In the film, she confides in Darren, played by Mission Impossible actor Sean Harris, a few times.
Former Royal Chef Darren McGrady has shared how the late Princess often went to the kitchen to chat with the staff after meals.
He said: “I was always there, so sometimes she would come in and pour out things that she was not happy about. Other times I would see her break down in tears and it was like, ‘What should I say? What should I do? ‘ Other times she’s told a dirty, risky joke and you’re like, “I can’t believe Princess Diana just said that!”
Disapproved of the hunt
The drama plunges into Diana’s disgust for bloodthirsty sports.
Charles wants his sons to enjoy hunting, but she opposes it.
According to royal biographer Robert Jobson, the princess “vehemently disapproved of the” manly “activities that Charles encouraged his sons to enjoy.”
Perhaps it is Spencer’s hard truths that will hurt the Royals more than his outrageous fantasy scenes.
There is no doubt that Diana was troubled at this point in her life and it was not a particularly merry Christmas.