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8 Movies That Give Their Own Re-Telling of Princess Diana’s Story

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Every few years, it feels like we get a new adaptation featuring the life of Princess Diana. Hollywood’s fascination with the late Princess of Wales has yet to subside even nearly 25 years after her death. In fact, curiosity has seemingly piqued, thanks in part to current royal family drama and the success of streaming giant Netflix’s drama series The Crown. Now, with Kristen Stewart nabbing a best actress Oscar nomination for her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s Spencer, these stories about Diana’s life feel more relevant than ever — and if you’re looking for a Diana binge, we have the best selection of movies about her royal life below.

Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as the Lady Spencer herself, chronicles three days during the Christmas festivities with Diana and the royal family. During this time, Diana comes to realize that her marriage to Prince Charles is practically over, and she needs to move on from the royal family. It’s a psychological drama that imagines what Princess Diana must have endured during that time, but while this adaptation might be completely new in style and substance, it’s hardly the first to try and confront Diana as both a legend and human.

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Films about Diana have chronicled her marriage, divorce, and the final days of her life. And we’ve rounded up seven films in addition to Spencer that take on their own re-telling of the people’s princess, well worth watching for any amateur Windsor scholars at home. Read on for our picks.

A version of this article was originally published in November 2021. 

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