Prince William pulls out of BAFTAs appearance days after death of grandfather Prince Philip

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Prince William has pulled out of appearing at this weekend's BAFTA Film awards ceremony following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip.

The 38 year old — who is the current president of the BAFTAs — was due to give a speech "celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year amid the global pandemic" via video link, but will now not be present.

Prince Philip, who was the first ever BAFTAs president, sadly died on Friday morning at the age of 99.

Duke of Cambridge William will still appear on the show after pre-recording a conversation with costume designer Jenny Beavan and make-up artist Sharon Martin, but will not appear to make his virtual speech.

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The ceremony will be hosted by TV favourite Dermot O'Leary and radio presenter Edith Bowman, with many of the award's nominees joining in virtually.

Drama movie Nomadland and British coming-of-age film Rocks have tied for the most nominations, each receiving seven nods.

News of Prince William's pulling out of the ceremony comes as his dad Prince Charles paid an emotional tribute to Philip.


Speaking to press from Windsor Castle, Philip's son said: "My father, I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable devoted service to the Queen, to my family, and to the country, and also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

"As you can imagine my family and I miss my father enormously, he was a much loved and appreciated figure.

"Apart from anything else, I can imagine him so deeply touched by the number of other people here, and elsewhere around the world and in the Commonwealth who also share our loss and our sorrow.

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"My dear papa was a very special person who, I think above all else, would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him."

A statement from Buckingham Palace confirming the death on Friday afternoon read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course.

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"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss," the statement continued.

Since, details for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral — which will take place next Saturday, 17 April — have been announced.

After much speculation, it was confirmed that Prince Harry will be in attendance at the ceremony and is due to travel to the UK in the next few days.

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