Kristen Stewart Says She Feels ‘Protective’ Over Princess Diana as She Gears up To Play Her

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When it was announced that Kristen Stewart would be playing Princess Diana in the upcoming film Spencer, the internet was left divided over the casting choice, but Stewart is on a mission to prove that she is really connected to the role.

Keep scrolling to find out exactly what the actress had to say…

Kristen Stewart is set to play Princess Diana in the upcoming movie Spencer.

But the news was not well received by everyone…

While speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, the actress made it clear why she was initially interested in the role as well as letting us know why she’ll be able to portray her correctly. Keep scrolling to find out exactly what she said…

Now, Diana still has a hugely devoted fanbase…

And they certainly aren’t impressed with who’s set to portray the much-loved princess. Let’s start from the beginning…

At the young age of twenty, Lady Diana Spencer became Britain’s obsession when it was revealed she was dating Prince Charles.

After meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana, and the pair announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana.

The wedding, which today remains as one of the most infamous ceremonies in modern history, was watched by over 750 million people around the world.

The two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world. Prince Harry arrived 2 years later on 15th September 1984.

Rumors of Charles’ infidelity were rife as the princess secretly battled with anxiety and a grueling eating disorder.

One thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.

She was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis. The princess shocked the world when she walked through a dangerous land mine zone in Cambodia, something no other royal had ever done in the past.

Unlike the stereotypical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname “The People’s Princess.”

On top of Diana’s refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem. Charles was also allegedly in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.

And, by 1997, Diana was dating business mogul and son of Harrods owner, Dodi Fayed. Many speculated that the relationship was controversial to the Royal family due to the fact that Fayed was a Muslim.

The car that the two were traveling in through the Pont L’Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.

The exact cause of the crash has long been up for debate, with some questioning the sobriety of the driver, and others blaming the irresponsible driving of paparazzi photographers.

The totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-loved public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.

It garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K, breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched and mourned around the world.

Her legacy and charitable efforts live on in her sons, William and Harry, and countless documentaries about her life in and out of the royal family have been released.

The 2017 documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, featured never-before-heard interviews with the princess, where she opened up about the shocking treatment she received from members of the royal family, including the Queen herself.

Diana detailed the last 2 years of her life and revisited her affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon, with actress, Naomi Watts, taking on the crucial role of Diana.

And critics branded the attempt at portraying the princess’s life as “distasteful” and “awful.”

So, many have been shocked at the news of another movie about the princess being in the works…

And they are even more shocked at the actress set to portray Diana.

According to reports, Spencer will be set at Sandringham and will detail the weekend in which Diana realized her marriage to Charles wasn’t working. The film is scripted by Steven Knight, whose previous projects range from Peaky Blinders to Eastern Promises.

It was also confirmed that Kristen Stewart is the actress set to portray the princess in the up and coming movie.

Stewart initially rose to fame after playing the role of Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise…

And, thanks to her “mystery” and “fragility”, she is the perfect person for the role of Diana, according to the movie’s director, Pablo Larraín.

“I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.”

However, not everyone agreed with him.

Since the news broke, Twitter has been a complete minefield with people expressing their shock and distaste for the Spencer casting choice.

Admittedly, Stewart is an unexpected casting choice, but people are completely reeling. Maybe it’s because Stewart is American, or is covered in tattoos, or that she looks nothing like Diana…

Stewart’s portrayal as Bella Swan was famously “awkward” and “rigid”… But was this simply a part of the character?

And others have noted how Stewart has that musing intensity that Diana became famous for.

While speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, she revealed that, even though she was only 7 years old when the princess died, she feels “protective” over her.

“I was really young, [I] didn’t know what was going on,” she told the host before adding that it’s hard “not to feel protective of her. She was so young.”

“I mean, everyone’s perspective is different,” she said. “My movie takes place over three days, and it’s this really poetic internal imagining of what that might have felt like rather than giving new information.” “We kind of don’t have a mark to hit. We just also love her,” she added.

“The accent is intimidating as hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and particular,” the actress noted. “I’m working on it now and already have my dialect coach.”

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