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Kristen Stewart is the double of the late Princess Diana

Onlookers could be forgiven for a doing a double take this week as Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart filmed her latest scenes as the late Diana, Princess Of Wales. 

The former Twilight star takes on the challenging role for forthcoming royal biopic Spencer, and she was the mirror-image of Diana while hard at work in Norfolk. 

Kristen, 30, was dressed was dressed as the Princess while rolling back the years to 1992 and her heavily photographed Kensington school run. 

There she is: Diana does the school run in London's Kensington, 1992

Her royal highness? Onlookers could be forgiven for a doing a double take this week as Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart filmed her latest scenes as the late Diana, Princess Of Wales

Wearing Diana’s black and red varsity jacket over blue stonewash jeans. the actress was a match for the late royal while making her way towards a waiting car. 

Kristen was later seen filming on Norfolk’s picturesque Hunstanton beach, understood to be frequented by Diana during her trips to nearby Sandringham. 

Sporting the princess’s trademark bobbed hairstyle, the actress was joined by a co-star as they idled on the sand close to a vintage sports-car.  

Just like old times: Kristen was dressed was dressed as the Princess while rolling back the years to 1992 and her heavily photographed Kensington school run

Just like old times: Kristen was dressed was dressed as the Princess while rolling back the years to 1992 and her heavily photographed Kensington school run

Centre of attention: Diana courted national attention while taking Harry back to his local school

Centre of attention: Diana courted national attention while taking Harry back to his local school

In a new promotional shot for the film Kristen perfectly replicates the Princess of Wales’ stunning gaze while sporting a tartan blazer that became known as one of her most iconic looks. 

Filming for Spencer has been underway for several weeks in Germany, with the film set to depict the late royal in a dramatised version of a ‘critical’ weekend in the early 1990s, when Diana decided that her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working. 

The image shows Kristen softly smiling into the camera along with her signature head tilt, sporting a cream polo neck jumper and tartan blazer.

It was a look famously worn by Diana while she paid a visit to Portsmouth in 1989, meeting the town’s mayor and residents at Eastney Community Centre.

Quiet on set: Kristen was later seen filming on Norfolk's picturesque Hunstanton beach, understood to be frequented by Diana during her trips to nearby Sandringham

Quiet on set: Kristen was later seen filming on Norfolk’s picturesque Hunstanton beach, understood to be frequented by Diana during her trips to nearby Sandringham

Reflective: Sporting the princess's trademark bobbed hairstyle, the actress was joined by a co-star as they idled on the sand close to a vintage sports-car

Reflective: Sporting the princess’s trademark bobbed hairstyle, the actress was joined by a co-star as they idled on the sand close to a vintage sports-car

Let's go: Kristen was seen in the passenger seat of her after it was loaded onto a flat bed trailer

Let’s go: Kristen was seen in the passenger seat of her after it was loaded onto a flat bed trailer

The image also offers a telling hint about the film’s setting, as Kristen’s Diana is still wearing her eye-catching blue engagement ring, along with oversized pearl earrings.

Spencer will follow 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.

There she is: The actress was also spotted behind the wheel while filming in rural Norfolk

There she is: The actress was also spotted behind the wheel while filming in rural Norfolk 

Like twins! Kristen is the spitting image of the late Princess Diana in the latest glimpse of the royal biopic Spencer

Like twins! Kristen is the spitting image of the late Princess Diana in the latest glimpse of the royal biopic Spencer

Beautiful: In a promotional shot for the film the actress replicates the Princess of Wales' stunning gaze while sporting a tartan blazer similar to one worn by Diana in 1989 (pictured)

Beautiful: In a promotional shot for the film the actress replicates the Princess of Wales’ stunning gaze while sporting a tartan blazer similar to one worn by Diana in 1989 (pictured)

Spitting image: The image showed Kristen channelling Diana's soft gaze and famous head tilt

Transformed: The actress has proven she is eerily similar to Diana

Spitting image: After a prior image stunned fans by showing Kristen’s resemblance to the late Princess (right), this photo (left) made it clear the actress has embodied the royal’s soft gaze 

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’. 

Last month, an accuracy row broke out as royal experts branded 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.   

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.

Filming: Kristen was pictured on the set of the new movie Spencer in Dülmen, Germany, earlier in March as she filmed scenes on the grounds of Schloss Marquardt in Potsdam

Filming: Kristen was pictured on the set of the new movie Spencer in Dülmen, Germany, earlier in March as she filmed scenes on the grounds of Schloss Marquardt in Potsdam 

‘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.  

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

Way back when: It was revealed in June 2020 that Kristen would depict the late royal in a film which dramatises a 'critical' weekend in the early 1990s (Diana pictured with Prince Harry in 1993)

Way back when: It was revealed in June 2020 that Kristen would depict the late royal in a film which dramatises a ‘critical’ weekend in the early 1990s (Diana pictured with Prince Harry in 1993) 

Princess: Kristen, pictured in 2020, has signed on to the movie Spencer, that will dramatise a 'critical' weekend in the early 1990s

Princess Diana arriving at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in a gown by Christina Stambolian, June 1994

Princess: Kristen, left, has signed on to the movie Spencer, that will dramatise a ‘critical’ weekend in the early 1990s (Diana pictured in 1994, right) 

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…

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…

Incredible: In January, a first look shot of Kristen in the film Spencer was released

Incredible: In January, a first look shot of Kristen in the film Spencer was released  

A vision: Diana is pictured at Sandringham on Christmas Day in 1993, in the weekend the movie centres around

Amazing: Kristen is seen in a near-identical ensemble in the promo shot, which was released in January

A vision: Diana is pictured at Sandringham on Christmas Day in 1993, in the weekend the movie centres around, while Kristen is seen in a near-identical ensemble in the promo shot (L-R)

‘She’s a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realises 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.’  

Royal role: The announcement was met with a mixed response, including fury over failure to cast a British actress and claims Kristen does not look enough like Diana (pictured in 2020)

Royal role: The announcement was met with a mixed response, including fury over failure to cast a British actress and claims Kristen does not look enough like Diana (pictured in 2020) 

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 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

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

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 

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)

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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