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Spencer: How Kristen Stewart Ate the Pearls

Spencer: The Secret Behind Those Giant Pearls Kristen Stewart Ate at the Holiday Dinner

SPENCER, Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana (3rd from left), 2021.  Neon / Courtesy Everett CollectionImage Source: Everett

Kristen Stewart's dedication to her role as Princess Diana in Spencer was nothing short of spectacular, capturing the anger and heartbreak of the late royal in a way that sheds some light on her well-known story. But one startling scene left us with more questions than answers. During a tense Christmas dinner, Diana clutches the pearls around her neck — a Christmas gift from Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) — and yanks them off, sending the individual pearls soaring into her bowl of soup and her mouth. Seething, Diana continues to eat, chewing around the oversize jewels like a single nibble wouldn't break all of her teeth in real life.

Thanks to the help of some movie magic, Stewart's teeth are perfectly fine, and what she was actually crunching on sounds pretty sweet, according to EW.

Did Princess Diana really eat pearls?

Breaking decorum is a notable offence in the company of royals, which begs the question: did the IRL Princess Diana actually tear off her necklace at the dinner table? Promoted as a "fable from a true tragedy", the biopic is openly fictionalised in more ways than one, which means it's unlikely that much of what happened in the film — especially the pearl-eating scene — actually happened.

Reflecting on the strange scene, Stewart implied that the moment, as it was presented in the film, could have even been a daydream, conveying Diana's unexpressed feelings about the dinner party. "There are just certain things you can't know that happened behind closed doors," she told EW. "You don't know what happened within [her] privacy, but also fully embedded in her subconscious and her fantasies and her nightmares and her dreams, all of that."

What did Kristen Stewart eat during the pearls scene?

No, eating real pearls wasn't in Stewart's contract for the film. Instead, she snacked on something much tastier: giant, customised candies. "It was chocolate, so I was actually very conscious of not showing that and keeping my mouth closed," she said. To add to the drama of the scene, Stewart suggested that the sound mixers for the film add in an extra-audible "crack" sound that would make even an ASMR-lover shiver. "I saw a cut of that scene and they hadn't mixed the crunching [noise], they had taken it down," she said. "So [the sound mixers] were like, 'Oh, but you can hear it, it sounds like M&Ms!' And I was like, 'Yeah but imagine if it was really audible, that crack.' And so they put it back in."

That's one mystery solved, but we will absolutely be thinking about that loud crunch next time we listen to the Spencer soundtrack.

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