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VIDEO: Naomi Watts Sparkles as Princess Diana in Biopic First-Look

Naomi Watts Sparkles as Princess Diana in Biopic: See the Trailer

Originally posted 06/12/2013 11:05AM

She was the people's princess, a global fashion icon and, at times, a strained symbol of royalty on the rocks. Now in a new movie, the late Princess Diana comes vividly to life, played uncannily in Diana by Naomi Watts.

A trailer for the film shows Watts, 44, as Diana caught amid the pressures of fame after the former Sloane Ranger married her prince, gave birth to two sons, and then struggled to adhere to the confines of a measured life that seemed against her free-spirited soul. (Watch it below.)

From red carpets and designer ball gowns, to glamorous European yachts and the near-constant onslaught of paparazzi, the biopic focuses on the finals years of Diana's life as she sought new love away from Buckingham Palace. She died after a car crash in a Paris tunnel in August 1997, a tragedy that shocked the world as fans and royal watchers grieved with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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Prince William Is 'Very Excited' About Becoming a Father | Prince William

Prince William Is 'Very Excited' About Becoming a Father

Originally posted 05/24/2013 07:15PM

Prince William is one proud papa-to-be – and he can't keep it to himself.

"He is looking forward to being a dad. He's very excited about it," says Seyi Obakin, chief executive of the charity Centrepoint, whose aim is to help homeless young people.

Obakin spent a few hours with the prince, 30, when he secretly stopped by Centrepoint's Bruce House in London earlier this week. Prince William – who is a royal patron of the charity – spoke with residents who are learning to be entrepreneurs and other skills so they can be successful in their communities.

"They talked about music, movies, fun things," Obakin tells PEOPLE. "He has a genuine concern for how life is like for them as the country is going through this recession."

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Prince Harry to Conquer Antarctica with Walking With The Wounded | Prince Harry

Prince Harry to Conquer Antarctica with Walking With The Wounded

Originally posted 04/19/2013 11:30AM

Prince Harry announced Friday his intention to follow in the footsteps of British hero Captain Scott and conquer Antarctica.  

The world's favorite friendly royal will join three teams of wounded veterans as they race to the South Pole with the aid of the Walking With The Wounded charity, of which Harry is patron.

"The aim remains the same," Harry, 28, told reporters at the launch of the South Pole Allied Challenge in London. "To enable our wounded servicemen and women to do what they do better than anyone else I know. To meet a challenge head on and inspire others to do the same."  

The event will start in December and see veterans from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia ski across 208 miles of the coldest, most inhospitable terrain on the planet for up to 20 hours a day.

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Man Buys Iconic Princess Di Dress for $362,000 | John Travolta, Princess Diana

Man Buys Iconic Princess Di Dress for $362,000

Originally posted 03/19/2013 03:00PM

When Princess Diana danced with John Travolta at a 1985 White House dinner, the world was awestruck.

Now one very lucky Englishwoman gets to have all that glamor to herself. An anonymous bidder purchased the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein evening gown – the one that prompted Travolta to call Diana "the most beautiful woman in the room" – for more than $362,000 Tuesday at London's Kerry Taylor Auctions.

Part of the "Fit for a Princess" lot, "It sold to a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife," said auctioneer Kerry Taylor in a statement. And while the late Princess would divorce Prince Charles 11 years after that magical moment, the dress's new owner just made a grand bid for romance.
– Suzanne Zuckerman

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Harry Picks Up Diana's Pet Project | Prince Harry, Princess Diana

Harry Picks Up Diana's Pet Project

Originally posted 03/07/2013 08:30AM

On his recent mission to Africa, Prince Harry said he hoped his late mother Princess Diana would be proud of his charity work there.

He's now added another reason to live up to that wish – by assuming the leading role in a campaign to raise funds that will mark the 25th anniversary of the Halo Trust, the landmine clearance charity that Diana was linked with at her death.

In the January before her fatal August 1997 car accident, Diana highlighted Halo's work when she walked through the minefields of the African country of Angola, and was famously photographed with a group of landmine victims as they sat under a tree.

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Prince Harry: I Hope My Mother Would Be Proud of Me

Prince Harry Hopes Princess Diana Would Be Proud of His Charity Work

Originally posted 02/27/2013 04:15PM

Prince Harry spoke about his charity work Wednesday night in South Africa – and of hoping that his mother, Princess Diana, would be proud of his efforts.

Diana worked to help those with HIV/Aids and Harry, 28, is doing the same in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho that he has been visiting this week.

The Prince spoke after a whirlwind visit to the kingdom. There, he checked up on the work of the charity Sentebale that he set up with friend Prince Seeiso in memory of their late mothers.

Addressing a gala dinner in Johannesburg in neighboring South Africa, Harry said he hoped both mothers would be looking down with pride. "I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name," he said of Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. "I hope that my mother will be proud, too."

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See Iconic Princess Diana Gowns Headed for Sale | John Travolta, Princess Diana

Princess Diana Gowns for Sale Again

Originally posted 02/20/2013 11:40AM

Some of the gorgeous and historic dresses worn by Princess Diana are headed for auction – again!

The most famous of the 10 dresses, which were originally sold by Diana in New York a few months before her death in 1997, is the midnight blue gown that Diana wore as she twirled around the dance floor at the White House with John Travolta in 1985. Diana graced the Victor Edelstein-designed velvet dress for the state dinner given by President Ronald and Nancy Reagan in honor of the princess's then-husband, Prince Charles.

London-based auctioneer Kerry Taylor is selling the gowns, with the collection including some of the princess's favorite designers: Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker and Bruce Oldfield.

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Mystery Buyer Nabs Vintage Diana Photo for $18,000 | Princess Diana

Diana Photo Sells for $18,000 to Anonymous Buyer

Originally posted 01/25/2013 11:50AM

That mysterious photo that surfaced earlier this month of the young, pre-princess Diana Spencer has, it turns out, an equally mysterious buyer.

A real estate investor from San Diego, Calif., who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the photo for $18,000, according to the New Hampshire auction house RR Auction.

The black-and-white image shows a young Diana lounging with her friend Adam Russell, described by Diana biographer Andrew Morton as the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin and now a deer farmer in Dorset.

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Oh, Deer! Mystery Man with Princess Diana Revealed | Princess Diana

Princess Diana with Adam Russell in Mystery Photo from 1980s

Originally posted 01/04/2013 05:00PM

Leave it to royal reporter and Diana biographer Andrew Morton to reveal the "unknown male" in the 1980s photo of the late princess making the rounds Friday as it heads to auction.

Morton, who wrote Diana, Her True Story, was familiar with the image from when he was originally "given the task of trying to identify the boy in the picture."

"The young man was Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and now a deer farmer in Dorset," Morton tells the U.K.'s Guardian of when he conducted interviews for his book.

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Why Was This Photo of Princess Diana Hidden from Public View? | Princess Diana

Princess Diana Photo, Never Seen Before, Hits Auction Block

Originally posted 01/04/2013 10:30AM

She was one of the world's most photographed women, but now a new and unseen photo of the late Princess Diana is causing a stir nearly 16 years after her death as it goes to public auction.

The black-and-white photo shows a teenage Diana on a Swiss ski holiday lounging on the lap of a young man, who has been identified as Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin. He is reading a book and resting it on Diana's shoulder.

A bottle of liquor rests on a window ledge above her head, creating an image that was certain to be unfit for a future princess, and is one that was marked "not to be published," according to Britain's Daily Mirror, which purchased the picture in Feb. 26, 1981 – just two days after the then-Diana Spencer was engaged to Prince Charles.

The photo was kept hidden in the paper's archives until it was purchased seven years ago by the private Caren Archive. It is now set for auction by RR Auctions in New Hampshire, and is being described as a "salacious teenage image of the future princess."

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