The British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTA Awards , are an annual awards ceremony organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to honor the best British and international contributions to cinema. . And there is a crucial connection between the British film awards, and the royal family of the house of Windsor: Prince William , is the president of the BAFTAs.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosted the BAFTA Tea Party for the first time in two years on January 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California; where contestants, members and guests are welcomed to an exceptionally elegant gathering in the run-up to the 76th edition of the awards taking place in London on February 19, 2023. The party has a long tradition of recognizing top talent and is a must-attend event, popular with talent seeking a respite from the hectic and demanding season.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle moved to California after stepping down from royal duties in January 2020, where they currently reside; but despite his physical proximity to the event, Prince William’s connection to the BAFTAs was apparently enough to prevent his younger brother and sister-in-law from attending the event. Prince Harry and Meghan were reportedly “not welcome” at the BAFTA 2023 tea party on Saturday, amid their drama with the royal family; given that Prince William has served as the awards’ chairman since February 2010 and often attends events with his wife, Kate Middleton.
Prince William was appointed as President of the BAFTA Awards in February 2010.
A source noted that the executives reportedly felt that extending an invitation to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the annual event would be a mistake. “BAFTA decided it was a terrible idea to [invite them],” a consultant to the charity told Britain’s Sun newspaper on Sunday, adding: “They thought it would be a PR disaster. For them, rolling out the red carpet for Harry and his wife would be like setting off a nuclear bomb. It’s impossible ,” the source said, adding that Harry “roundly attacked” his family in his two Netflix docuseries, “Harry & Meghan,” as well as his memoir, “Spare . ”
Plus, the prospect of Harry, or Markle, talking about Prince William, 40, at the event was enough to keep them off the guest list, according to the report. “Any interview would go viral,” the source concluded. “Anything negative about William would be devastating.” A spokesman for the Prince of Wales refused to comment to the Sun, while a BAFTA representative told Page Six that the Sussexes’ attendance was “not discussed at all.”