The Cambridges hired former BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry as their foundation’s CEO

Remember that very strange Eden Confidential story months ago about the then-CEO of BAFTA, Amanda Berry? This was in January, and reportedly, Berry left her position with BAFTA and it had something to do with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William is president of BAFTA, an honorary position he cares little about. He didn’t even bother to come to this year’s BAFTAs, nor did he bother to come up with any kind of legitimate excuse for why he was skipping. He’s only shown up to the BAFTAs half the time he’s had the presidency. Well, the Daily Mail claimed that Amanda Berry resigned mysteriously ahead of being pushed out, and one source claimed: “She’s been allowed to leave gracefully. Berry has rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way over the years and became far too familiar with the royals. She liked to give the impression that William and Kate were her friends.” Interesting, right? Now Amanda Berry has been named the new CEO of William and Kate’s Royal Foundation:

Berry is taking the position which Jason Knauf left at the end of last year. Knauf worked his way up from sycophantic comms dude to CEO of the massive grift that is the Royal Foundation. Berry will have her work cut out for her, keeping up with all of the schemes and keenery and busy work. This does answer some questions about the original reporting back in January too, because they made it sound like Amanda didn’t “know her place” and that perhaps William and Kate were mad at her? When it turns out that BAFTA professionals were actually upset that she was much too cozy to the lazy Keens.

Also interesting: yesterday, the BAFTA TV nominations came out and “The Earthshot Prize 2021” was nominated in the “Live Event” programming category. I understand that there’s probably a good conspiracy that Berry’s hiring was quid pro quo for the BAFTA nomination, but… did Berry already leave the BAFTA organization in January? What’s more interesting, to me, is that Berry was CEO during a period where the BAFTAs were exceedingly racist.

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  1. Blujfly says:

    She was angling and kissing up to them and it sounds like the other employees if the organization couldn’t understand why given that they did so little for BAFTA. This is a good example of how the claims they have no real power, no government power, ignore all the ways their presence, money and titles corrupt British institutions.

    • WHAT says:

      They do not have any real power even in the royal family. Harry has said the real power is in the hands of the coutiers. The royals are the figureheads. This is just a classic you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours or a Good old boy network. They still wish they could get into California global influence but as this recent tour showed. They lack the wisdom and thinking and work ethic

  2. Aurora says:

    Quid Pro Quo in action.

  3. MaryContrary says:

    So another person from their bubble who will just suck up to them-sounds like a perfect match.

  4. girl_ninja says:

    Lololol….That family and all of their allies are straight trash.

  5. Lorelei says:

    I have a feeling (based only on what I’ve read here) that this will not end well. Something about the whole thing just seems shady.

  6. Polo says:

    I guess we’ll see how long she lasts considering how much turnover has happened in house Cambridge the last few years.

  7. Becks1 says:

    Okay, so in the previous post about her that Kaiser linked, my comment was #3 and I mentioned that I thought it was one of two options – either she was too cozy with the Cambridges and the BAFTA as an organization didn’t like that, or she wasn’t deferential enough to the Cambs and pushed back on them somewhat etc.

    So this tells me that the first option is more likely, she was too cozy with the Cambs and was pushed out in part bc of that and the Cambs gave her a nice soft spot to land.

    • Nivz says:

      Went back and read your comment. You really called it on the first option.

      In hindsight, it was such a Rorschach test of a story back in December. We could impose whatever motives we wanted on it. So many commenters here thought, wishfully, that the bafta lady was made of stern stuff, and paid the price for holding her ground against W. Sadly, just another flunky after all.

  8. matthew says:

    I am SO HERE FOR the Cambridges messy operation.

  9. Woke says:

    They’re confused strategy wise they want to do “work” that attract a young, diverse crowd basically the woke crowd and at the same time lean all the way into the colonialism nostalgia.

  10. s808 says:

    this seems so messy.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    It’s appalling that the Cambridges let Berry get smeared in the press when they knew she was leaving BAFTA to work for them.

  12. Anne says:

    Do they have one poc working for them?

  13. Jais says:

    They probably all sit around and drink crack babies together. Diversity, what’s diversity? They ask as they sip another crack baby.

  14. Kalana says:

    Jason Knauf was a crisis manager for Bank of Scotland and Amanda Berry comes from heading up the BAFTAs, Wonder what she will bring to the role.

  15. SourcesclosetoKate says:

    She’s a replacement for Catherine Quinn. You can’t leave these two monkeys to run anything. They’ve lost so much respect when left to their own devices, as evidence by the flop tour