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'I felt Diana's presence,' says Oscar-nominated actor, who speaks of personal responsibility of playing the late princess

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Naomi Watts has revealed she felt Princess Diana gave her permission to play her from beyond the grave.

Interviewed in the Mail on Sunday, the double Oscar-nominated star of Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming Diana biopic said she immersed herself so fully in the role of the late princess that she came to feel a spiritual connection with her subject.

"There were definitely moments when I felt Diana's presence – I dreamed about her a lot, too, and that's a first," said Watts. "I kept wondering to myself: 'Would she have liked it?'

"So I found myself »

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