The Princess Diana Documentary is a perfectly timed documentary to feed the insatiable appetite of the Diana industry. Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain, Spencer is a 2021 historical fiction and psychological drama that inspired Princess Diana. The film shows how Diana broke away from her royal life, which made her very popular, and instead was loved by the people as a star.
It outlines the oppressions she faced that pressured her and ended up killing her. There is no mention of her childhood or adolescence, or where she received her education, insights into her family, or her parents’ divorce. Not even a reference to her time as a nanny after leaving school in Switzerland, but the film shows the beginning of the most important chapter in her life when she is forced to meet Charles Philip Arthur George, the Prince of Wales.
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Finding a supposedly contemplative approach to royal tragedy, Ed Perkins does a surprisingly balanced job while dealing with immense amounts of emotional pain and clarity to tell a story charged with deep pain.
Spencer is an intense and powerful work that highlights Larrain’s poetic aesthetic and Kristen Stewart, the film’s leading lady, and her achievements through the grandiose performance. The film begins weeks before her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981. It ends with The Strand and their young children, Prince Harry and Prince William, walking behind her coffin, surrounded by the distraught public and sorrow emanating from everyone.
Footage used in the film, any commentary or narration is derived entirely from pop interviews, news reports or unedited home video, original footage and other public records. This is an authentic insight into Diana’s life weeks before her tragic death in a car accident in Paris, 16 years after her engagement. This gives the audience clear emotional clarity and an honest and unfiltered picture of the events and power that brought down the beloved and most popular public woman.
Why was the public obsessed with Diana?
Not only the public but the whole world was and still is obsessed with Diana and her story, despite the many complicated versions presented by the media. Perhaps the victim of the royal family, Diana suffered mostly from her cold marriage to Prince Charles and his alleged affair with Camilla. Still, she will always be known as a charismatic rock star and an icon of empathy. She became famous as the “People’s Princess” because she was relatable. Diana showed her feelings to the world and the world could see that a beautiful young princess could be unhappy.
She grew from a shy girl with a noble British background to a beautiful woman who showed love and empathy to the world. She visited the people living with AIDS in a hospital when politicians and other important figures did not get close to them. She used her platform to bring hope to citizens and spread genuine happiness worldwide despite her many failures and conspiracies. She really was “the princess of the people”.