In case you missed it, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge–Prince William and Kate Middleton–were guests of honour for the 2020 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards or BAFTAs held at London’s Royal Albert Hall last Sunday, February 2, 2020.
While the night was a celebration of excellence in the field of film and industry, this year’s “British Oscars” were full of awkward moments for the royal couple. Although this has been Prince William and Kate’s fourth time to attend the event, it seems like this year was just off for them–at least according to some insiders.
After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess met the winners of the 27 awards categories, including the cast and crew of @1917 which won 7 awards.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) February 3, 2020
Well, apparently some Hollywood humor didn’t sit well with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Despite Prince William being the BAFTA’s president for 10 years, he and his wife were not spared from the jokes made about their family. In fact, the remarks threw them off as they were captured with uncomfortable faces a number of times.
According to an insider, some actors just went below the belt and didn’t consider the sensitivity of the current struggle that the Royal family is coping with.
We all know she’s funny and stuff but many believe that Australian actress Rebel Wilson may have gone too far when she presented in the “Best Director” category.
While it was natural for Wilson so crack jokes because, yeah, she’s a comedian, people didn’t expect her to joke about Prince Andrew and Prince Harry. She quipped, “It is really great to be here at the Royal Andrew… uh, Royal Harry. No, at this royal palace place.” which drew waves of laughter from the crowd.
— R a c h a e l 🍋 (@RachWoods97) February 2, 2020
The camera, of course, zoomed in at Prince William and Kate, both of whom appeared to be tense at the mention of their uncle and younger brother.
As he all know, Prince Harry has recently announced that he and his wife Meghan are stepping back as senior members of the Royal family and will be dividing their time between the UK and North America. Prince Andrew, on the other hand, stepped back from his royal duties as announced in November 2019, following the BBC news about him having a relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, a known pedophile.
While Brad Pitt was absent at the 2020 BAFTAs, he made sure his Megxit joke would be heard through his acceptance speech delivered by his co-star Margot Robbie. Accepting Pitt’s Best Supporting Actor award, Robbie said, “He says that he is going to name this Harry because he is really excited about bringing it back to the states with him… His words, not mine!”
The entire room might be laughing but for the Royals present in the event, it was embarrassing to say the very least. No matter how William and Kate remained composed, their tense expressions tell a different story.