• Kristen Stewart discussed the monarchy, Princess Diana and her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry in a new interview
  • The actress called the two princes Princess Diana's "legacy"
  • She said she sees the late royal in William and Harry as the brothers "function so positively in the world"

Kristen Stewart has shared her thoughts about Princess Diana's sons Prince William and Prince Harry after playing the late royal in the movie "Spencer."

During a new interview with Vogue Australia, the "Twilight" star admitted that she "still cannot completely come for the entire idea" of a monarchy, calling it "a complicated issue."

Stewart noted that Prince William and Prince Harry are "examples of two sides," possibly referring to the very different paths that the brothers have taken. The Duke of Cambridge is the second-in-line to the British throne and will become king one day, while his younger brother has stepped back from royal duties and now lives in California with his wife Meghan Markle and their children, Archie and Lilibet.

"Diana's legacy is walking and talking. They're both very clearly examples of two sides," Stewart said of the brothers. "I don't think either is right or wrong. I think that both of those boys function so positively in the world. I see her in them, as a fan, as somebody who’s really been obsessively watching [Diana], it's really nice to see."

As for playing their mother Princess Diana in "Spencer," Stewart said it was "a hard job" but was also "so much fun."

The actress consumed everything she could of the late royal, including biographies, television appearances and photographs, practiced her accent for four months with dialect coach William Connacher and even fell asleep listening to recordings of the princess' voice in order to step into her shoes.

However, Stewart said she felt that the best way in which she could channel the "dazzling spirit" of Princess Diana was to love her.

"The way that I could protect her, and do the truest version of our art about her, was to just sort of love her," Stewart said. "[Diana] just represents freedom and liberation to me, even in the moments when she’s locked inside of herself and inside of this institution."

While "Spencer" was snubbed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts — of which Prince William has served as president since 2010 — in its 2022 nominations, Stewart's portrayal of Princess Diana in the film earned her her first-ever Oscar nod.

"I am speechless and humbled this morning. I am bowled over by this. I never thought in a thousand years I’d be in the company of these four incredible women," Stewart told Entertainment Tonight of her reaction to the news. "I would pay to make movies. I would make them if it was illegal. This is dream state, to share on this level."

The actress added, "I am so touched and I am so grateful for the work that was generated on this film. I'm so proud to be a part of our film community. I am so happy. It is a good day."

She will face off against Jessica Chastain ("The Eyes of Tammy Faye"), Olivia Colman ("The Lost Daughter"), Penelope Cruz ("Parallel Mothers") and Nicole Kidman ("Being the Ricardos") in the best actress category at the 94th Academy Awards.

The 94th Academy Awards will air on March 27 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

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VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Kristen Stewart attends the red carpet of the movie "Spencer" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 03, 2021 in Venice, Italy. Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images