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Watts worried about royal reaction

Naomi Watts has confessed she turned down the role of Diana twice, as she admitted she is nervous about Prince William and Prince Harry's reaction to the film.

The Impossible star told the Sunday Times she was worried about how Diana's sons would react to her portrayal of their mother.

Naomi revealed: "The biggest reason that made me pause was how the princes were going to feel about this.

"There was actually quite an eerie moment in London when I did see Prince William in a restaurant, and I got very nervous, because if I caught his eye I didn't want to interpret a look and think he had a negative feeling about this idea, so I made sure not to look.

"I do care deeply about how the princes feel, of course. I am a mum of two boys. But it was a story that was bound to be told at some point, and it's possibly fresher than people expected."

Naomi admitted she had taken some convincing to sign up. "I turned it down twice," she said. "I was a little bit torn, but once I'd said no, I wasn't completely at peace. Sometimes when you say no, you feel free, but it just wasn't the case.

"There was something very intriguing about this woman's life. It was extraordinary... I liked the idea that there was this fame - no one at that level can really survive it, I think. It's a very dark thing, but it's kind of true."

Meanwhile, Dr Hasnat Khan, who Diana split from shortly before her death and who features heavily in the film (played by Naveen Andrews), told the Mail On Sunday that Diana producer Robert Bernstein's suggestion there was a "tacit acceptance" about the film on his part, was not true.

He said: "It is a complete lie. I haven't spoken to anyone involved in that movie. I have never given any approval for it. I have never met or talked or written to Bernstein and I have never given any approval in a direct or indirect manner."

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