Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, who knew and interviewed the Princess of Wales said: “She would be very sad that people think she and Charles never loved each other; that wasn’t true. She’d be horrified at the way she’s portrayed now.”
Ms Seward’s comments come as a new film about one period of her life – Christmas at Sandringham in 1991, when her marriage to Prince Charles was on the rocks – is set to be released next Friday.
The four-day festive period is depicted in Spencer, starring American actress Kristen Stewart, set to be released on November 5.
The film – by Jackie director Pablo Larrain – promises to be “a fable from a true tragedy” rather than a biopic of the Princess, with scenes showing her bulimia and self-harm.
a new film about Christmas at Sandringham in 1991 is set to be released next Friday
Spencer, starring American actress Kristen Stewart, is set to be released on November 5
This drew the ire of Ms Seward, who said that despite the fact that “it hadn’t been a good year for Charles and Diana at all” and Princess Diana was “quite miserable”, “she wasn’t cutting herself at that stage”.
She added: “They’ve piled every bad thing into one weekend which is taking poetic licence a little far.
“I don’t think Diana saw herself as a victim at all.
“She saw herself as a single woman before the end of her marriage.
Seward: ‘She would be very sad that people think she and Charles never loved each other’
Princess Diana was also depicted in the latest series of the The Crown, played by Emma Corrin
“She was very funny about it all, that’s how she dealt with life – she was either crying or laughing.”
Princess Diana was also depicted in the latest series of the Netflix drama The Crown, where she was played by Emma Corrin.
The series showed her introduction to the Prince of Wales, their early marriage and her initial unhappiness with Prince Charles’ unfaithfulness with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
In the upcoming series of the show, she will be depicted by Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki
The series also shows her early mental health struggles, including her eating disorders.
The make-up artist Mary Greenwell, who worked with Diana on the December 1991 Vogue photoshoot, told the Telegraph: “She’s now seen as this kind of martyr, which I think is wrong.
“She did amazing things, but she’s misunderstood.
“All I’d say is that the portrayals you see now are not the best way to understand her. She wouldn’t want to be on this pedestal with all this glory and fame.”
‘She was very funny about it all, that’s how she dealt with life – either crying or laughing’
In the upcoming series of the show, she will be depicted by Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki.
Series five – and possibly six – is expected to cover the Royal Family during the 1990’s, including the Prince and Princess’s divorce and her subsequent death.
Ms Seward added: “She would not want to be remembered as someone who was destructive towards the monarchy.
“She said to me that the monarchy was her sons’ future, so she would never try to destroy it.”
Once she had separated from Prince Charles, Ms Seward said “the Royal Family breathed a big sigh of relief and Diana became much stronger”.
Ms Seward added” “She became a very independent woman and started doing the things she wanted to.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK