Prince William has dropped out of this weekend’s BAFTA Awards, following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip, Variety has confirmed.
“In light of The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, The Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of BAFTA programming this weekend,” said BAFTA in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the Royal Family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy at this time.”
Prince William — who is president of BAFTA and normally attends the ceremony with Kate, sitting front and center — was scheduled to lead a pre-recorded conversation at Saturday night’s craft awards with three-time BAFTA-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and make up and hair designer Sharon Martin. Their chat would have touched on the struggles of filming in lockdown and the craft of filmmaking in general.
He was also expected to deliver a speech at Sunday’s main film awards. This would have been live, and delivered via a virtual link. However, it’s likely the prince felt any involvement would have been inappropriate just a day after the death of Prince Philip, who was himself the first president of the organization.
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