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Princess Diana's former bodyguard has described how the Royal Family's Sandringham Estate was "purgatory" for her following the release of Spencer.

Ken Wharfe, who worked as Diana's personal protection from 1988 to 1993, also detailed how the late Princess would confide in staff at the estate as he shared his experience of the events portrayed in the new film.

Speaking to PEOPLE, he said that Sandringham "was purgatory for her".

He added that Diana "confined herself to spending time in the kitchen with the chef or with people like me, in the hope that time would while away, and she could get back to London".

In one scene, Diana is seen being consoled by her dresser as she struggles to make her royal relationships work.

Ken admitted that this probably didn't happen, adding: "From my experience, Diana never once confided in her dressers."

However, he was full of praise for Kristen Stewart, the former Twilight star who plays the Princess in the new release.

"Out of all the people who have played Diana over the past 10 years, she's the closest to her. She managed to perfect her mannerisms," he said.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward has also discussed Diana in light of Spencer, explaining that the Princess "would have put on a good front for the Queen and the family" at Sandringham.

She added: "She was a properly brought-up girl and would have considered it rude to make a scene or a spectacle of herself."

Spencer follows Diana over the course of just three days as the Royal Family gather at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas in 1991.

The events in the film take place just before Diana and Prince Charles' relationship came to an end in 1992.

Currently, Spencer has an impressive 7.3 out of 10 rating on IMDb.

It was released into cinema's last week, November 5.

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