A new film about Princess Diana premiered last night and immediately sparked outrage among royal experts, who said it took away her dignity.
The film, Spencer, portrays Diana as an emotionally unstable, broken woman who harms herself in front of young son Prince William and breaks down hysterically.
Graphic scenes range from a delicate princess imagining herself throwing herself down stairs to a pearl necklace gifted by husband Charles.
She is shown at the height of her mental health crisis while battling bulimia – reduced to tears as she forces herself to vomit and goes into hallucinations about her death.
An outrageous shower scene ends with the princess talking about a solo sex act.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “It’s really cruel to portray her like that. It is completely unnecessary.
“William and Harry will be very angry and hurt about this. They will find it awful that their mother is being portrayed like this in such a big movie.”
Royal biographer and expert Penny Junor agreed, adding: “It is needlessly unnecessary.
“Poor William is all I can say.
“And leave Diana with honor and dignity.
“I know she was unhappy when William was there but I think the film is factually incorrect.”
An intensely fictionalized scene sees William close to tears and begging his mother for dinner after locking himself in the bathroom following graphic self-harm attempts.
After Diana — played by ex-Twilight star Kristen Stewart — shows up with mascara-stained cheeks, she asks her son if he saw Camilla Parker Bowles at church on Christmas morning.
Prince William slams the BBC for “exploiting” his mother after the 1995 Martin Bashir Panorama interview scandal.
Let’s leave Diana with honor and dignity.
He added: “It effectively set up a false narrative that has been commercialized by the BBC and others for more than a quarter century.”
Actress Kristen, 31, wore a silver strapless gown at last night’s premiere in London.
Spencer has been tipped as an Oscar nominee – mainly because of her portrayal of the princess.
Spencer is a tale of two halves.
On one hand, it deserves a standing ovation for Kirsten Stewart’s portrayal of the princess, with her almost perfect execution of accent and mannerisms.
But the other is the dubious fabric of history.
The film offers Diana an intention to erase any potentially positive influence or support any member of the royal family – and treats it as a matter of fact.
The Spencer is sometimes an uncomfortably insensitive watch with holes that throw unnecessary new clay at a British icon.