Prince William thinks he can get the BAFTA telecast pulled from the BBC

Before Prince Philip passed away, Prince William was already due to skip this year’s BAFTA ceremony. As it turned out, Philip’s passing became the official excuse for why William opted out, but sources had already told the Sun that William didn’t want to go to the 2021 BAFTAs because people made fun of him at the 2020 BAFTAs. Lil’ Baldemort is too thin-skinned, you see. He’s also lazy as hell – he’s been BAFTA president since 2010, and he’s skipped attending the BAFTAs in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2021. He’s never attended the BAFTA reception AT Kensington Palace the night before. He also barely attends events related to British filmmaking. You get the idea: he’s lazy, petulant and thin-skinned. And now he’s possibly throwing his angry fists around, trying to get the BAFTA telecast removed from the BBC.

With Hollywood stars flown in by the dozen, and footage screened around the world, the Bafta awards are the highlight of the British film industry’s calendar. It is also one of the most prestigious annual events screened by the BBC. I hear, however, that the Corporation’s deal to televise the prime-time ceremony could be in jeopardy because of Bafta president Prince William’s deep disillusionment with the BBC.

He is said to have been horrified by BBC2 documentary The Princes And The Press, presented by Amol Rajan, a self-declared republican who had called the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ‘total frauds’ and joked about how he wanted to hurl bricks at them.

William was accused in the programme of briefing the media against Prince Harry. The Royal Family was also angered by the BBC’s refusal to let the Royal Households view the series in advance. By contrast, Harry and Meghan’s lawyer was invited to appear extensively.

‘All of His Royal Highness’s collaborations with the BBC are now being questioned,’ a courtier tells me. ‘He doesn’t see why he should help the BBC when it treats him and his family with contempt.’

Some senior figures at the BBC are said to have been shocked by the documentary. ‘It should never have been made,’ a source tells me. ‘Rajan is an inexperienced broadcaster who has been given far too much power too quickly.’

A Bafta spokesman confirms that the ceremony is due to be broadcast on BBC1 in March but declines to comment on whether the Corporation will remain its partner. A Kensington Palace spokesman declines to comment. However, a royal source insists: ‘Bafta’s broadcast partner doesn’t have any bearing on the Duke’s schedule.’

[From The Daily Mail]

The BAFTAs do not “belong” to William. They are not some makeshift busy-work organized by Jason Knauf. The BAFTAs will not change broadcasters on William’s say-so. In fact, by making this all about how the BBC treated the royal family with “contempt” (lol), he’s just stupidly drawing even more attention to the documentary he claims to hate. He looks like he can’t let it go. He looks like he’s power-mad and punitive. And again, the British Academy isn’t going to shift broadcasters on a dime just because William’s panties are in a bunch because a documentary pointed out THE FACT that he briefed against Meghan and Harry!

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