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Spencer: Kristen Stewart seen as Princess Diana on film set in Germany

Kristen Stewart emerged on the set of new movie Spencer in Dülmen, Germany on Thursday.

The actress, 30, ditched her typically edgy appearance to favour the late Princess Diana in a tweed jacket, similar to the coat she wore on a visit to Portsmouth in January 1989. 

Spencer follows the breakdown of her high-profile, 15-year marriage to Prince Charles and is primarily being filmed at the Schloss Marquardt in Potsdam – a castle which is doubling as Sandringham Estate. 

The story is said to take place over three days during one of Diana’s final Christmases at the House of Windsor in their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England in 1991. 

New role: Kristen Stewart emerged on the set of new movie Spencer in Dülmen, Germany on Thursday

New role: Kristen Stewart emerged on the set of new movie Spencer in Dülmen, Germany on Thursday

Depiction: Princess Diana pictured R on a visit to Portsmouth in January 1989

Depiction: Princess Diana pictured R on a visit to Portsmouth in January 1989

New role: Kristen Stewart emerged on the set of new movie Spencer in Dülmen, Germany on Thursday (Princess Diana pictured R on a visit to Portsmouth in January 1989)

Cutting an elegant figure, the screen star teamed her chic blazer with a cream blouse and a classic pencil skirt.

The Charlie’s Angels actress appeared to mix style with comfort by rounding off her outfit with monochrome trainers by Adidas.

With a cropped voluminous hairdo and neutral-toned make-up, Kristen ensured she mastered the People’s Princess’ signature look to a tee.   

The story is said to take place over three days during one of Diana’s final Christmases at the House of Windsor in their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England in 1991.

Inspiration: The actress, 30, ditched her typically edgy appearance to favour the late Princess Diana in a tweed jacket, similar to the coat she wore over 30 years ago

Inspiration: The actress, 30, ditched her typically edgy appearance to favour the late Princess Diana in a tweed jacket, similar to the coat she wore over 30 years ago

Inspiration: The actress, 30, ditched her typically edgy appearance to favour the late Princess Diana in a tweed jacket, similar to the coat she wore over 30 years ago

In between takes: The screen star teamed her chic blazer with a cream blouse and a classic pencil skirt as she engaged in conversation with a crew member at a petrol station

In between takes: The screen star teamed her chic blazer with a cream blouse and a classic pencil skirt as she engaged in conversation with a crew member at a petrol station

In between takes: The screen star teamed her chic blazer with a cream blouse and a classic pencil skirt as she engaged in conversation with a crew member at a petrol station

Plot: Spencer follows the breakdown of her high-profile, 15-year marriage to Prince Charles

Plot: Spencer follows the breakdown of her high-profile, 15-year marriage to Prince Charles

Plot: Spencer follows the breakdown of her high-profile, 15-year marriage to Prince Charles

Plot: Director Pablo Larraín explained that the drama will focus on her relationship with the royal and the love she had for children Prince William and Prince Harry (pictured in 1986)

Plot: Director Pablo Larraín explained that the drama will focus on her relationship with the royal and the love she had for children Prince William and Prince Harry (pictured in 1986)

Plot: Director Pablo Larraín explained that the drama will focus on her relationship with the royal and the love she had for children Prince William and Prince Harry (pictured in 1986)

The script, written by English screenwriter Steven Knight, who has also written Peaky Blinders, follows the moments Diana realised she ‘needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen’. 

Scenes are being shot in the fireplace room and the upper floor of the grand German castle. 

Last month, an accuracy row broke out as royal experts branding the project inaccurate because it’s set on a weekend at Sandringham which never happened. 

According to royal biographers Robert Jobson and Ingrid Seward, Diana had stopped visiting the estate before the period in which the drama is set.  

Venue: Spencer is primarily being filmed at the Schloss Marquardt in Potsdam (pictured earlier this month) - a castle which is doubling as Sandringham Estate

Venue: Spencer is primarily being filmed at the Schloss Marquardt in Potsdam (pictured earlier this month) - a castle which is doubling as Sandringham Estate

Venue: Spencer is primarily being filmed at the Schloss Marquardt in Potsdam (pictured earlier this month) – a castle which is doubling as Sandringham Estate 

Criticism: Last month, an accuracy row broke out as royal experts branding the project inaccurate as it's set on a weekend at Sandringham (pictured in 2015) which never happened

Criticism: Last month, an accuracy row broke out as royal experts branding the project inaccurate as it's set on a weekend at Sandringham (pictured in 2015) which never happened

Criticism: Last month, an accuracy row broke out as royal experts branding the project inaccurate as it’s set on a weekend at Sandringham (pictured in 2015) which never happened 

Speaking on True Royalty TV‘s The Royal Beat, Robert said: ‘I don’t even think she was there that weekend. She wasn’t even at Sandringham, on this supposed weekend.

‘The film will suggest this is where the decision was made to divorce, but she never made that decision. I didn’t think she was at Sandringham after 1990 and this was set in 1991.’

Ingrid added: ‘The film is based on three days at Sandringham, and the period that it is based on, Diana wasn’t going to Sandringham anymore. 

Their comments follows widespread criticism of Netflix drama The Crown, which saw politicians, experts and friends of the Royal Family call for a disclaimer to warn viewers that the show twists the truth. 

Backlash: When the news was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with questions and comments about Kristen's role (pictured in 2020)

Backlash: When the news was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with questions and comments about Kristen's role (pictured in 2020)

The real deal: Princess Diana pictured at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in a gown by Christina Stambolian in 1994

The real deal: Princess Diana pictured at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in a gown by Christina Stambolian in 1994

Backlash: When the news was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with questions and comments about Kristen’s role (pictured L in 2020, Diana pictured R in 1994)

Friends of close senior royals including Prince Charles even went so far as to accuse it of ‘trolling on a Hollywood budget’. 

Director Pablo Larraín explained that the drama will not delve into Diana’s tragic death, but instead focus on her relationship with the royal and the love she had for children Prince William and Prince Harry.

The filmmaker said: ‘We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen…

‘She’s a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles.’

When the news was first announced, Twitter was swarmed with questions and comments about Kristen’s role. 

Pablo quickly defended his decision to cast the American actress in the role, telling Deadline: ‘Kristen is one of the greatest actors around today.

‘Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need.’

‘The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time.’  

In October, the Twilight star admitted she’s nervous about her portrayal, especially the task of mastering the late princess’ accent.   

Impressive: A first look at Kristen's role sees her perfect Diana's sorrowful stare and trademark head tilt

Impressive: A first look at Kristen's role sees her perfect Diana's sorrowful stare and trademark head tilt

Impressive: A first look at Kristen’s role sees her perfect Diana’s sorrowful stare and trademark head tilt

The thespian gushed she hasn’t been ‘this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long.’

Kristen told InStyle: ‘The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and particular. I’m working on it now and already have my dialect coach. 

‘In terms of research, I’ve gotten through two and a half biographies, and I’m finishing all the material before I actually go make the movie.

‘It’s one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don’t want to just play Diana – I want to know her implicitly.’

Actresses that have played Princess Diana

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 movie Diana

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 movie Diana

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the 2013 movie Diana 

Naomi Watts in Diana (2013)

British-Australian actress Naomi Watts famously played the Princess of Wales in the 2013 movie Diana which was derided by critics at the time. ‘Diana might have been flawed and scheming and love-starved, but this film doesn’t help explain that. Nor does it illuminate the common touch and humanitarian side that endeared her to a global audience,’ film critic Suzanne S. Brown wrote. Even Naomi herself would later admit that the film was a ‘sinking ship’.

Emma Corrin in The Crown (2020)

Newcomer Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019. Fans have yet to see the actress in the role though, as streaming giant Netflix has not released the next season of the show. However, the actress was pictured filming on location in Manchester in February earlier this year.

Newcomer: Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019

Newcomer: Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019

Newcomer: Emma Corrin was cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown in 2019

Lesley Harcourt in William & Catherine (2011)

Scottish actress Lesley Harcourt – who has had roles in British crime drama Taggart – played Diana in this cheesy Hallmark movie in 2011.  The TV drama was described as ‘superficial fun’ by critics and not taken very seriously. 

Genevieve O’Reilly in Diana: Last Days Of A Princess (2007)

This Channel 5 docu-drama starred Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly, who is perhaps best known for her work in the Star Wars franchise as Mon Mothma. It certainly fared better than other projects, with a review in The New York Times praising it: ‘It portrays her as needy but manipulative, loving but flawed — in other words, as a human being. Blending documentary techniques and scripted drama, it gives a surprisingly credible picture of the princess’s last summer.’

Made-for-TV: Irish actress Genevieve O'Reilly played Diana in 2007's Diana: Last Days Of A Princess

Made-for-TV: Irish actress Genevieve O'Reilly played Diana in 2007's Diana: Last Days Of A Princess

Made-for-TV: Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly played Diana in 2007’s Diana: Last Days Of A Princess

Serena Scott Thomas in Diana: Her True Story (1993) 

Based on the publication of the same name by Andrew Morton, British actress and model Serena Scott Thomas also found some praise for her portrayal in this made-for-TV movie. Entertainment Weekly said Serena showed ‘great charm’ in the role, but said she ‘more closely resembles a softer version of Murphy Brown‘s Faith Ford than she does the angular princess.’ Interestingly, Serena later played Carole Middleton in the 2011 TV movie William & Kate, depicting the courtship between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Amy Seccombe in Diana: A Tribute To The People’s Princess (1998) 

This ill-advised Princess Diana tribute was released just a year after her death, and starred little known actress Amy Seccombe for the part. The project was largely ignored upon release and thought to be distasteful. Seccombe’s only other role after the TV movie was playing a medic on the TV show Operation Good Guys. 

Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People's Princess

Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People's Princess

Cheesy: Amy Seccombe and George Jackos play Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in the TV movie The People’s Princess 

Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)

Based on James Hewitt’s book, this American TV movie follows the relationship that blossomed himself between Diana. The role went to British actress Julie Cox who was recently seen in the crime drama Broadchurch. The title failed to have much impact upon its release. 

Caroline Bliss in Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982) 

This 1982 American made-for-television biographical drama starred Catherine Oxenberg as Diana, Christopher Baines as Prince Charles, and Hollywood royalty Olivia de Havilland as Queen Elizabeth. It originally aired September 20, 1982 on CBS. One damning review from The Washington Post called it a piece of ‘slack-jawed heraldic voyeurism incapable of, and apparently uninterested in, transforming remote news figures into believable mortals.’

Caroline Bliss – Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)

Caroline Bliss – Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)

Julie Cox – Princess In Love (1996)

Julie Cox – Princess In Love (1996)

US versions: (L-R) Caroline Bliss IN Charles And Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982), AND Julie Cox in Princess In Love (1996)

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