Prince William attended the 2024 BAFTAs solo & was seated next to Cate Blanchett

Here are some photos of Prince William, the honorary president of BAFTA, attending last night’s BAFTA ceremony. Up until a few days ago, everyone was convinced that William would skip this year’s ceremony, which would have been the eighth time William had skipped in 14 years. But I guess the Sussexes’ trip to Canada really shook up Kensington Palace, because by mid-week, William was throwing a tantrum about how he needed to be seen too. So here we are. His wife is still in the wind, she hasn’t been seen or photographed since Christmas day. In general, William didn’t look completely plastered at the BAFTAs, like he did at the daytime investiture ceremony on February 7th.

William tried to glad-hand and they seated him next to someone named Catherine, I guess the thought process was “maybe people won’t notice this is the wrong Catherine.” This Catherine is Cate Blanchett, who currently lives in England and also serves as some kind of celebrity ambassador for Earthshot. Cate has been cozying up to the Windsors for several years now and I don’t know why. William also took several photos with David Beckham, and I’m sure that the British media will launch another lunatic fan-fic series wherein we hear that William forced Goldenballs to choose between him and Harry and Goldenballs chose WILLIAM, take that Harry!

Note: I’m going to cover some other (crazy) photos of William in a separate post. For now, just enjoy the look on Michael Sheen’s face. Also enjoy the fact that William’s combover has gotten CRAZY.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Amyb says:

    Cate is going for that Dame title

    • AMTC says:

      You beat me to it. She definitely wants to be up there with Dame Judi and Dame Maggie etc. Her husband also has a reputation for being a philanderer so she probably feels at home being Peg’s plus one.

    • Happyoften says:

      Yes! Poor thing is going to have to WORK for it with these yahoo’s, though.

      What a jacked up system, people that never worked a day in their lives get to decide if people who have spent a lifetime perfecting their craft are good enough. Then they make them dance to get it. Ugh.

      Team Sheen on this one.

      • Genevieve says:

        Michael Sheen is my new crush.

      • ML says:

        Great picture of republican, Michael Sheen! Thanks for sharing this one.

        I wonder if Cate ever babysat as a teenager to earn money. That’s the energy these pictures are giving.

        Peggington used to have his mother’s face, but I swear he really looks like his dad (and/ or father’s family) nowadays.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        If I’m not wrong Michael Sheen is publicly anti-monarchy and gave back (or didn’t accept, forgot which one) his title a while back.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Michael Sheen is Welsh and anti-Monarchy – and he really doesn’t like that the BRF uses the Prince of Wales title. It is in fact an old title that Edward I appropriated for his heir after the last indigenous Prince of Wales was killed. It was a symbolic power play to the conquered Welsh: “We are taking your ruler’s title and using it for our heir”. So in terms of regional politics, the Prince of Wales title is still a hot potato among Welsh nationalists, who see it as an insult that it is held by an English prince.

      • Bettyrose says:

        New crush?? If anyone hasn’t seen him in The Queen, get on it stat. He is 🔥

      • ArtHistorian says:

        He is utterly delightful in Good Omens.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Good Omens is fantastic, him and David Tennant have great chemistry!!

      • maisie says:

        Michael Sheen is the REAL Prince of Wales.

        I loved the side eye he gave Willy almost as much as the opening skit with him and David.

    • Dawning says:

      I was actually thing how hard Beckham is working for his title. You are right, Cate too.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      Oof yes, she’s trying so hard! It’s a title, doesn’t really mean anything as it’s given upon nomination, not merit.

      Also, isn’t she Australian? Do people use titles in AU?

      • Bingo Esq. says:

        Yes and no – Australia has an inferiority complex and some Australians still crave the titles from mother England… makes them feel superior to the rest of us. Cate definitely wants a title and will likely use it when she gets it – it will be on her bio pages and stupid entertainment journalists will probable call her “Dame”.

        See “Dame Joan Sutherland” – that’s sort of what she’s after. It’s a legacy play.

        It’s odd because Cate is politically quite progressive so… you know… the royal family is not that … so quite inconsistent and perhaps lacking integrity… but I’ve also always felt that Cate looks after Cate.

        There is a telling interview she had with Angelina Jolie years back where they were both complemented on being “wonder women” – tribe of kids and working and traveling… like how do they do it all!!?!! Cate was smug AF and basically agreed – didn’t admit she gets help. Jolie was incredibly humble and said she doesn’t do it all and what’s she’s able to do she does because she has great childcare help.

  2. UnstrungPearl says:

    Doubt he got much of a reception, apart from the older thespian crowd.

    Also I didnt realise David Beckham was so short??

    • Carmen says:

      It was kind of funny. When he walked in, he seemed tense and stiff. The reaction from the audience was a big yawn. Nobody seemed excited to see him there. Nobody cheered. He probably expected a big standing ovation. One more reason for him to hate Harry. Harry would have brought down the house.

    • Lawrenceville says:

      I think William is standing on some sort of platform or step or some sort of higher lever, you know, like in a cinema and Beckham is not. Notice the guy behind William, he too seems to be on higher level than Beckham but same level as William.
      No standing ovation because William has done absolutely nothing all his life to deserve one. Harry on the other hand? Yeah, his numerous solid personal achievements speak for themselves. Harry has earned all the accolades heaped on him and even more. That man served his country for 10 solid years and served in 2 tours of war while he is a price. William would never measure up to Harry even if he tried. Take that William.

    • Harper says:

      It felt like they were trying to sneak him in.

      • Lauren says:

        This! Like don’t they usually wait until everyone is seated then announce that William and Kate are entering.

    • Jaded says:

      Maybe he’s curtseying…he’s dying to get that Knighthood.

  3. Em says:

    I saw multiple pictures of him and his teeth looked rotten, for some reason I feel he has bad breath.

    No one paid attention to him except the usual rent a celebs

    • Jk says:

      Those seats look kinda cheap, small and dated. I can’t imagine it was comfortable for the ladies wearing big sparkly dresses. Also, how do they not get cold?

      • Innie says:

        The Royal Festival Hall is very old and dated (not in a classic way). The British Film Institute (BFI) is next door so maybe they get a discount or something. It has around 2800 seats which is a few hundred more than the Royal Opera House (which is much nicer) but less than the Royal Albert Hall, which can seat over 5000. I suspect either BAFTA can’t afford the ROH any more, or someone misbehaved and they won’t have them back.

      • Pinkosaurus says:

        The seats look like folding lawn chairs! Also, the here’s no place for attendees to put a beverage than on the floor? Gross!

        I can’t believe such committed environmentalist are drinking bottled water. Do they not have beverage service anywhere?

        What a sh!tty event.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Echoing what’s just been said. What old, sad, uncomfortable looking seats those are! And plastic, single-use water bottles??? OK, Mr. Earthsh*t. Maybe as president you might be able to get the organization to re-think their awards show amenities?

    • Smart&Messy says:

      All of this, plus the combover looks like it was enhanced by some eyebrow pencil strokes or something.

  4. Sydneygirl says:

    @Kaiser correction on Cate Blanchett’s husband. He’s not British – he’s Andrew Upton- an Australian playwright.

    He has done work for the Royal National Theatre in London though, and they own a house in England somewhere.

    I used to love her (but have gone off her in recent years). I guess I still have her red carpet appearances of yore..

    • AlpineWitch says:

      That’s what I thought too, he’s Australian and wasn’t there that mess with the theatre in Sydney a few years back?

      I wonder if that’s why they’re here now….

      • Bingo Esq. says:

        And he was caught one late night date looking very drunk and holding hands with / snuggling up to an actress in one of his plays… actress was not Cate

    • DaniM says:

      Yeah, I was done with her after her support of Woody Allen.

  5. Lolo86llf says:

    I honestly believe judging by the pictures here that William is having a better time than he normally would have in company of his wife! Either he is putting on a show or he really is enjoying himself. Maybe Kate makes him a little uncomfortable. Just saying.

    • Dee(2) says:

      I noticed that too, and it’s been mentioned here many times he looks much happier when he’s either not with her or with someone like Sophie at an event. I don’t know why they persist in insisting they are college sweethearts who can’t stand to be apart. Even if they never divorce, anyone who has been in a relationship can see the tension and dislike between them.

    • Snaggletooth says:

      I noticed this.

      And surely we will be seeing much more of him out and about at bread and butter events since he’s able to make it to these star studded ones. Surely his team knows how awful it would look for him to yuck it up with celebs only to insist he has to take more time off regular work to support dear Kate. Surely they get that, if he’s on a very reduced work schedule, it’s far more decorous to confine himself to visiting homeless shelters and refugee centers than to exclusively hobnob with stars where he looks like he’s having a jolly old time? It’s so obvious and yet…

  6. Seraphina says:

    It would have been nice to see some evidence that Kate is up and about or at least a pic with a smile SOMETHING. No sighting of Ma Middleton either.

  7. janey says:

    I couldn’t respect Michael Sheen more. I couldn’t dislike Cate Blanchett more.

    • Carrie says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more.

    • Lau says:

      Sheen seems like a very decent person and is getting a lot of pushback from the british government (this morning he got called out by one of their ministers) for always speaking about being Welsh and campaigning for Welsh independence. His reaction to William is not a surprise.

  8. She looked bored with whatever tale he was telling her.

    • Anita says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Cate Blanchett as old as in the photo with William, where they’re sitting together and talking. The angle is weird and something about her chin/mouth makes her look like a very well-groomed 70-year-old.

      I wanted to say not really his fault in this case, but perhaps it was boredom?

      • Cassie says:

        Thought the same Anita , worst I have seen her look .
        William looked about the same age as her though and she is a lot older than him .
        Anyway no one else looked very excited when he walked in .
        More scorn than anything , most people would know what a horrible person he really is .

      • Snaggletooth says:

        I thought the exact same thing. We all age, even beautiful movie stars. That said, it doesn’t help her that her face isn’t exactly lighting up at whatever charming tidbit he’s telling her.

      • Thelma says:

        Just came here to say the same. That’s either a terrible picture of her or something has gone wrong. She doesn’t look good at all. Love Michael Sheen!

  9. TeamAwesome says:

    Michael Sheen is all of us.

  10. Amy Bee says:

    Apparently, he told some official there that his decision to attend the BAFTAs was a last minute decision. I’m sure it was. He decided to go to the BAFTAs when he found out that Harry and Meghan were going to Vancouver.

    • Snaggletooth says:

      This is so transparent and insane. Again, HOW can he justify going back into hiding after this? How can he justify not doing a tues-Thursday ribbon cutting schedule if this is suddenly fine??

      • Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

        But William’s never done the 9-5 ribbon cutting engagements, he’s only interested in the big issues, where he can make a real impact *massive eye roll*

      • Debbie says:

        I don’t think that William will be called on to justify not doing more appearances. Neither the British people nor their media seem to be requiring it. From what I can see, they’re all “Take our tax money” so William will keep doing as he wants.

  11. Chloe says:

    Oh, his combover bless it. He’s growing it out!

  12. SamuelWhiskers says:

    Michael Sheen has a big TV show launching tonight which is very much anti-establishment and anti-monarchy in nature (it’s about Wales and Welsh heritage). It’s called The Way and it’s amazing, please watch it if you have access to iPlayer!

    No wonder he’s side eyeing Willie.

  13. Pomski says:

    The saddest part was watching honorary president of BAFTA William say to all the actors that he hadn’t seen any of their films.

    • Sydneygirl says:

      He actually said THAT?!


      • Tessa says:

        Lol. No time to see movies all those school runs

      • First comment says:

        Yes he did and he tried to excuse himself for seeing the ” fewest than any other time” by using Kate’s recent state and saying something like ” with my wife it’s been a bit of…” he didn’t finish the sentence…

    • Snaggletooth says:

      No you’re kidding. There’s footage of this????

      • Pomski says:

        There’s video of Willy meeting several creatives behind the scenes. Of note is his awkward encounter with the five rising star actresses where he says that it was a tough category, clearly knowing nothing about who the women are. One of them was Ayo and he shook her hand as if she was a student. Then he moves on to two guys with strained chatter, then another group. Each time he says “I didn’t see that’ or “Its on my list’. One guy asks him how he watches movies and the statesman says “on the telly’ . I never use the word cringe, but here it fits.

    • Dee(2) says:

      Seriously?!! Dude come, on! He could have lied its not like they’re going to press him about it. Speaking to Margot Robbie, ” oh The kids enjoyed the film very much, and I’ll be honest Kate and I were surprised at how much we really enjoyed it”, to Cillian Murphy ( if he’d speak to him), ” It’s really apparent every time you’re on screen how much you prepared for this role”, Emma Stone ” What an interesting role. Were there any points where you worried about if it wouldn’t translate on screen?” I just pulled all that out of my behind, this global statesman couldn’t do that?

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Even lies would require preparation – and William clearly never prepares at all.

      • The Duchess says:

        I’m not usually gob smacked anymore when it comes to this man, but even I couldn’t believe he straight up said he hasn’t bothered to watch any of the nominated films. Dude, you’re literally the president of the BAFTAs!!! What does this man actually do all day?!

    • Cessily says:

      So why show up and tell everyone? Do they not have any professional PR staff people left? (Sarcastic question, because no professional works for the pittance they pay)

      • Blithe says:

        But is it likely that William would listen to them and heed their advice and suggestions even if they DO have competent professional staff left?

      • one of the marys says:

        We all figured he was incompetent for whatever reasons and it was only a matter of time before it became obvious. the only surprise here is it happened so fast. I think that’s great though. I’m glad it didn’t take him being crowned to illustrate how very incapable he is.
        As to comments regarding his advisors I doubt he listens to any of them.

      • StarWonderful says:

        I imagine he thinks mentioning ailing Kate absolves him of his failure to watch the films.

    • CC says:

      But…but…he would have been given screeners for everything!

  14. Jais says:

    Those chairs they’re sitting in look uncomfortable. And Michael Sheen’s face really says it all.

  15. Happyoften says:

    In most of the photos he is jabbering away at someone, like a toddler sitting at the big boy table, while everyone humors him.

  16. SueBarbri33 says:

    If ya’ll get a chance, take a good look of the clip of Wills chatting with Beckham. No matter what the DM and the RR tries to tell us, there is no way those two people are friends–or even associates–in real life. William is the most awkward public person I’ve ever seen.

  17. Shawna says:

    Cate, what did you do to those poor pearls? Really bad styling. And I love blue-dyed Chinese freshwaters for my own daily wear as a not-rich person, but surely you own or could have borrowed a real Tahitian rope.

  18. anon says:

    He just has no charisma at all. AT ALL. Its amazing how the universe gave all of Diana’s charisma and ease around people to Harry and just skipped William entirely. As for the crowd, no one cares. I imagine most of these people have seen him at other BAFTAs or events so seeing him there is not a big deal.

    Also lets be real….people in that room know the real tea about the Windsor gossip. The UK elite/aristocracy is a small world and crosses over into the arts world for sure. They know.

    • Carmen says:

      I would like to see the Waleses and the Sussexes walk into a room together some time. Harry with his charisma and warm smile and his ability to connect with people and make them feel important, and Meghan with her warmth and charm and laser focus would capture the whole premises the minute they set foot over the doorsill. Meanwhile, Kate and William would fade into the walls. They cant compete with the Sussexes on any level and it’s driving them insane.

      • The Duchess says:

        This is exactly why the WanK’s drove H&M out. They did one event together before the wedding, as we all know, and the difference between both couples was like night & day. Willy has fallen on his own sword and he only has himself to blame for that.

    • TN Democrat says:

      He had more charisma than a turnip as a young man (before the lot chased off Harry for him to hide behind). I personally think he has untreated mental illness (social anxiety/depression/multiple major personality disorders) combined with deep-seated issues from his turbulant childhood that he self-medicates with gawd knows what. Weight loss can be indicative of organ failure in long-term substance abusers. He does not look healthy and has lost the plot.

      • one of the marys says:

        if he had work experience he would have developed a public persona to cover for his natural awkwardness but he was allowed to avoid the work. shame really that at his age he can’t rise to the occasion. It must be as awful for him as it is for us to observe.

      • Jaded says:

        He does not have organ failure. He has personality failure, and whatever happened between him and Kate is writ large all over his face and demeanor. That is why he’s looking like last week’s stale fish.

    • Tara says:

      Think of it as a spell – Diana’s charisma is activated by the sincere appreciation of people of all kinds. Now what, Baldemort?

      • B says:

        Tara, you hit the nail on the head there.
        A genuine appreciation for people goes so very far, and it really is difficult to convincingly fake.

  19. Eurydice says:

    I wonder if we’ll start seeing Will’s hair slowly “growing” back – one hair at a time.

    Cate is on the Earthshot Prize Council that votes on the finalists – has been since day one.

    • Mary Pester says:

      Can’t make up my mind if the prk with teeth is turning into Lurch or not, either way he really is fugly!
      Blanchet is title chasing as is Beckham, and Mr Sheen, I salute you sir, and please let William know that Harry has said “your welcome at the invictus games any time” 😂😂😂

      • Eurydice says:

        Lol. For me, I think Will is more the Cryptkeeper. At least, Lurch has a sense of humor and a full head of hair – a cross between a Beatles mop and a Caesar cut – very stylish. It will take a lot of hair plugs before Will can achieve that.

  20. sparrow says:

    I always think William does better on his own. He’s not in Harry’s league of communication, but he does seem engaged and willing to try with people, despite gaffes a plenty. He seems freer without his wife there; I think she’s so anxious it perhaps weighs down on him. I don’t know. Impressions aren’t facts. Just an instinctive reaction.

  21. Ameerah M says:

    Michael Sheen is anti-monarchy so that face makes perfect sense and I love it. He famously called out how William should drop the Prince of Wales title because of how disrespectful it has historically been to the Welsh (Sheen is Welsh). So yeah… he hates William lol

  22. Lady Digby says:

    Surely Tooty Pegs had to congratulate Da’Vine Joy Randolph upon her win? Are there any photos of them together. She gave a great acceptance speech about family and empathy. Holdovers is a great film and Pegs should make an effort to concentrate on this film, because he might learn something from it! I would love to know what Da’Vine said to Pegs if they were introduced because it would have been awesome!

  23. tamsin says:

    I saw a clip of William entering the auditorium and it doesn’t seem he was announced. It seems people didn’t realize he was coming in- because no one seemed to be paying attention. And William seemed to be talking non-stop as he was walking, although it was not clear who he was talking to. It just seems like BAFTA doesn’t care if he’s there or not, since his actual interest in the industry seems limited to premieres and being seen with the stars. It seems that his usual line is that he hasn’t seen any or most of the nominated films. But didn’t someone recently write that William has no interest in the arts?

    • Libra says:

      He said at various times that he has not had an opportunity to see the nominated films. If he is involved in his wifes recovery that would have been a good time to enjoy movies with her, unless she is not able to enjoy a film or he is just not interested.

    • Jk says:

      Was Will’s presence acknowledged at any point by the host/presenter or anyone on stage, or was he completely ignored throughout the entire thing? He seems so irrelevant and redundant here.

  24. BW says:

    So Galadriel is sucking up to Sauron? Even her dress and jewelry scream, “I’m evil now.”

  25. QuiteContrary says:

    So William only watches Tom Cruise movies? That tracks.

    He’s such an incurious oaf.

  26. Jk says:

    There’s a big difference between being sycophantic (Beckham, Cruise and Blanchette) and being polite at a meet and greet, like the young actresses who seemed like they had no choice but to be there. Obviously I am not going to side eye everyone who’s seen being chummy with the leftover royals but of all the celebrities, I was quite disappointed with Stephen Fry. I have so much more respect for Michael Sheen than Stephen Fry now.

    Another person I used to admire was David Attenborough but I saw him on I think it was Graham Norton with Cameron Diaz and I immediately felt major ICK. He was giving real creepy vibes and I hadn’t seen that one coming. So disappointing.

  27. Purley Pot says:

    I see he’s in love with the velvet tux.

  28. Carol says:

    Cate. You’re killing me. You used to be such a a quirky, free spirited, anti-establishment lass. Now you’re sucking the teet and it looks like their curdled milk is embalming you alive. Run away. Michael will give you a lift.