Kate Middleton has been asked not to attend the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) awards ceremony--the British version of the Oscars--and rumor has it that it's because senior committee staff believe the stunning Duchess of Cambridge could outshine other A-list attendees.
Prince William, 34, who also happens to be President of the BAFTA awards, had planned to attend the annual film awards in February after having faced criticism for failing to attend the previous two years.
However, it has now emerged that Wills has been instructed by senior staff within the committee to attend the event solo, over concerns that his gorgeous wife Duchess Kate, 35, may “totally distract” from other a-list stars, such as Emily Blunt and Naomie Harris.
Speaking with The Sun, a BAFTA insider revealed: “William has faced serious criticism from the film industry for missing the BAFTAs the last two years, despite being our president.”
“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.”
A second BAFTA source said: “Most people think William will end up getting his way by bringing Kate but it’s created awkwardness because her attendance shouldn’t have been in question.”
It would be Kate’s first time at the British Academy Film Awards - the British equivalent of the Oscars - which is set to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, February 12.
BAFTA have since released a statement, dismissing rumors of the awkward row as “nonsense.”
A spokesman said: “For clarity - this is nonsense. As we confirmed last night it's completely untrue that BAFTA has suggested that our President attend on his own.”
“We would be delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses any year that they are able to attend.”
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. For more, check out our sister site Woman's Day.