The most important British film awards will be held in London on February 12 and Kensington Palace confirmed last month that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, will be the guests of honor at the ceremony.
However, according to a report by The Sun, organizers are worried that Duchess Kate’s presence could overshadow the celebrities taking part in the event.
In addition, Prince William, who has been President of the Academy since February 2010, has been criticized for having skipped the last two awards ceremonies.
Faced with the controversy, BAFTA organizers issued a statement to deny the rumors.
“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,” a spokesperson told Harper’s BAZAAR UK.
The prince will also present the BAFTA Fellowship Award in recognition of exceptional contribution to the arts.
Actresses Emily Blunt, Emma Stone and Naomie Harris are expected to show up at the event.