See the actress capture the Princess of Wales’s signature looks in her new movie
Naomi Watts is portraying Princess Diana in an upcoming movie about the tragic royal’s final two years. Here, she’s donned the same famous blue Versace dress the newly single Di wore to a cancer charity ball in Sydney, Australia, in November 1996.
Watts recreates Princess Di’s 1997 trip to Bosnia with butler Paul Burrell, where she campaigned against land mines. “She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending,” Watts said.
Watts chats on the phone on a boat in Croatia in a pale blue Melissa Odabash one-piece bathing suit, as Di did aboard boyfriend Dodi al-Fayed’s yacht during a much-photographed Mediterranean cruise in the summer of 1997.
Watts wears the beaded silk georgette Jacques Azagury gown Princess Di showed off to her final official engagement – the English National Ballet’s performance of Swan Lake in London in June 1997. Watts admitted she was “terrified” to play such a beloved figure from recent history: “It’s very scary, and I kind of wanted to say no,” Watts said. “But now I’m doing all the research … I just hope we make a good film and people can learn something new about her that’s interesting.”
Watts wears an outfit similar to the one Princess Di wore to Angola in January 1997 to visit Red Cross projects. Watts said it’s a task to find the real Diana: “There are a lot of people that knew her, and a lot of books to read and so much information, and one story is different to the next, so it’s hard to gauge what was the truth,” she said. “It’s going to be a tough one, it’s a big beast to take on, I just try to do my best.”
Watts playfully cavorts with the actor portraying al-Fayed Cas Anvar as they recreate a romantic moment – interrupted by cameras – aboard the Egyptian playboy’s luxury yacht in the summer of 1997, just weeks before their death in Paris. “It is such an honor to be able to play this iconic role – Princess Diana was loved across the world and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen,” Watts said.