The much-discussed film with Kristen Stewart in the lead role as Princess Diana will finally hit Swiss cinemas on Thursday. Here is a reality check on the content.

The trailer for «Spencer».

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  • «Spencer» will hit Swiss cinemas on January 13th.

  • The royal drama, directed by Pablo Larraín (45), takes place in the royal country estate of Sandringham at Christmas 1991.

  • Kristen Stewart (31) plays the main role of Princess Diana, who died in 1997 – and, according to reviews, excels in it.

  • Below you can find out which events shown in the film are really true.

The royal drama “Spencer” will finally open in Swiss cinemas on Thursday. Kristen Stewart (31) very convincingly embodies a deeply unhappy Princess Diana for almost two hours, who decides to divorce Prince Charles during the excruciating Christmas holidays on the Sandringham estate. According to the opening credits, director Pablo Larraín's interpretation of these events can be understood as a kind of “fable based on a true tragedy”. We'll tell you which events shown in the film correspond to reality.

Diana hated Christmas at Sandringham

“Spencer” shows how much Lady Di loathed the visits to the royal Christmas holidays and found the encounters as torture. Indeed, it is said to have been the case with the Princess of Wales during her lifetime. In recent years, several sources have described how Diana felt about Christmas with the royal family. Ken Wharfe, who worked as her personal bodyguard between 1989 and 1993, told People that the celebrations were “Hell” for Diana. She told her biographer Andrew Morton, who wrote the book “Diana: Her True Story”, that she “hated” going there and that she even tried to commit suicide in Sandringham in 1982.

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She suffered from bulimia

The film with Kristen Stewart in the leading role focuses on Diana's struggle with bulimia and self-harm. You can even see scenes in which Diana vomits in the bathroom. That Diana really suffered from bulimia for years is now well documented. In later years she spoke openly about it in interviews. For example, Andrew Morton's book describes how her eating disorders began a week after she was engaged to Prince Charles. “My husband put his hand on my waist and said: 'Oh, a bit chubby here, isn't it?' And that triggered something in me,” Morton quotes Diana. Charles's affair with his current wife, Duchess Camilla (now 74), has fueled her bulimia further. “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit full,” she said in her legendary BBC interview for the program “Panorama”. Becoming aware of his infidelity triggered “rampant bulimia” in her.

She enjoyed spending time with the staff

The former Royal chef, Darren McGrady, who also plays an important role in the film, told “Insider” that Diana came to him in the kitchen to chat with him – and even to offer him a coffee. “When the Queen came into the kitchen, one stood at attention out of respect. But when Princess Diana came into the kitchen, she said, 'I need a coffee. I will do it myself. I'll make you one too, '”McGrady recalls. She told about her sons or asked him about his dating life.

She grew up in Sandringham

“Spencer” is set on the royal Sandringham Estate. A place in rural Norfolk where there are other houses in addition to the main royal property. One of them is the Park House, which was once rented to Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer – Diana's noble father. So she actually spent the first 14 years of her life very close to the later hated Christmas residence. Her family also visited the Windsors at the time, but the future Princess of Wales always refused. 'We were always pushed to Sandringham on vacation. We went to see the movie 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. We hated it so much, ”she revealed in Andrew Morton's biography.

Diana and Charles split up in 1992

The film shows that Lady Di made the decision to part with Prince Charles on Christmas 1991. In reality, however, Diana agreed with Charles ’decision to get a divorce. So it was a joint decision. In 1995 she said in an interview about her feelings after the breakup that she felt “deep, deep, deep sadness” as they both tried to keep the broken marriage going. The fact is: it was the last time they spent Christmas as a couple. The couple actually officially separated in December 1992 – one month after details of Charles and Camilla's long-standing affair became public.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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