Despite a disagreement with some staff at the Baftas, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending the award ceremonies.
Earlier this week it was revealed that some executives were wary about the Duchess joining Prince William, who is Bafta’s president, in fear that she will outshine the movie stars.
A source said to the Sun: “William was unimpressed at any suggestion Kate wouldn’t be welcome to join him – he put his foot down and made it clear he wasn’t prepared to come without her.
“Two senior figures at Bafta raised concerns in planning meetings that having Kate at the event could detract from proceedings on stage.
“But Bafta were mortified that their discussions had got back to the palace and couldn’t do enough to try and accommodate them both.
“They were falling over themselves to welcome her by the end of it.”
The duo will walk the red carpet as guests of honour, and Prince William will present the Bafta Fellowship award on stage.
In a statement made yesterday, Kensington Palace confirmed their attendance: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall.
“The Duke, President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and The Duchess will meet Bafta representatives and watch the ceremony. The Duke will also present the Fellowship.”
Prince William has faced backlash for his lack of commitment to the organisation having missed the past two awards ceremonies despite being their President. A source told the Mirror earlier that Prince William was eager to attend this year and bring Kate as a bonus, he was not expecting there to be any issues with that.
The 2017 Baftas will be hosted at the Royal Albert hall on 12 February and attended by celebrities such as Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Amy Adams and Naomie Harris.