The most recent installment of the British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) awards is now in the books, but what was said during it by several people is not sitting well with Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were both in attendance for the event, sitting in the front row.
During the event, several actors and actresses made it a point to crack some jokes at the expense of the royal family, including Margot Robbie, who provided a speech for Brad Pitt due to his inability to make the awards presentation, as well as, Rebel Wilson. Sources are indicating the Duke and Duchess were not expecting the jokes and are offended by them.
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The BAFTAs are synonymous with the Oscars, but the British version of them. And with Prince William as the president of the academy for going on ten years, he and Kate Middleton have attended the ceremony four countless times.
So, naturally, the royal couple was seated in the front row, but seemed to be tense throughout the evening, especially as it came to the jokes thrown at Prince Andrew and Prince Harry.
The first crack at the family was by the Australian actress, Rebel Wilson, who was presenting the award for Best Director. “It is really great to be here at the Royal Andrew… uh, Royal Harry, no, at this royal palace place,” she said, referencing the Royal Albert Hall, where the event was being held.
Wilson’s comments drew gasps from across the audience, with the camera panning to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who looked unnaturally tense from the commentary.
As if it could only get better from there, Brad Pitt won the award for Best-Supporting Actor in the film Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood. And although the actor wasn’t present to accept the hardware, his costar, Margo Robbie, was and she delivered his prepared acceptance speech.
During the speech, Robbie shared that Pitt wanted to rename the trophy to ‘Harry because it was coming to North America. “He says that he is going to name this Harry,” Robbie said. “Because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him… His words, not mine!”
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Neil Sean, a United Kingdom media commentator sharing information from sources close to the royal couple, revealed that Prince William and Kate Middleton were not happy with the jokes and were overall, embarrassed.
“The feedback is that many of the stars stepped out of line in front of the patron, which is the Duke of Cambridge,” Sean said. “William is a huge supporter of films and spoke openly in his speech about the lack of diversity at the awards.”
And while people watching the award show saw smiling faces on the royal couple, this is because it was edited to show a minimal number of reactions from the abrasive commentary.
“This was not met with the smiling faces that you saw on the final edited version of the show,” Sean shared, referencing the royal family jokes.
The public embarrassment was so much for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that they have now developed a new acceptance agreement that will prevent future comments about their family.
“A [Source] also told me that to ensure that the royals are not embarrassed or made fun of again at such a prestigious event like this one… they will have a ‘moral clause’ inserted into their acceptance agreement ensuring that due reverence is given to the royal couple who gave their time and support to such a wonderful celebration of film and is respected.”
We’ll have to see if any people adhere to these new ‘regulations’ next year, as more controversial developments are sure to occur within the royal family in the 2020 year.