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Controversy surrounding Baftas as Duchess of Cambridge not welcome by some

Most would welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to their event with open arms, all expect the Baftas.

The latest news surrounding the awards ceremony are that many senior staff would rather Prince William, Baftas’s president, leave his wife at home in fear that she may outshine the celebrities.

A spokesperson from Bafta spoke to The Sun: “It is completely untrue that Bafta has suggested that our president attend on his own. We would be delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses any year they are able to attend.”

Multiple sources have told a variety of British newspapers that some staff would rather Kate not attend so she doesn’t steal the spotlight. If that is true and Prince William declines to attend without his wife by his side, he may face further backlash as he has missed the Baftas the past two years.

“William has faced serious criticism from the film industry for missing the Baftas the last two years, despite being our president” a source told the Mirror. 

“As a result of that feedback, he made it clear he wants to go this year and even bring Kate.

“It would be a real show of his commitment towards Bafta and create headlines around the world.

“But it was then expressed by senior staff within Bafta that Kate’s attendance will totally distract from all the film stars there.”

Kensington Palace has yet to say with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the event, along with celebrities such as Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Amy Adams and Naomie Harris.

Chief executive of Bafta, Amanda Berry is rumoured to be working with Kensington Palace to resolve any issues.

It has been claimed that Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry is trying to resolve any misunderstanding with Kensington Palace.

The 2017 Baftas will be hosted at the Royal Albert hall on 12 February.


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