Will and Kate squirm at Aussie stars' royal jibes

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

It’s been a tumultuous few months for the royal family, with Prince Andrew stepping down from official duties over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle existing The Firm and moving their family to Canada.

So when Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out at the BAFTA Awards last night in London, they probably expected to have to dodge some awkward questions about the drama that’s been unfolding in the House of Windsor. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William looked less than impressed with Rebel Wilson and Brad Pitt's jokes about the royal family. Photo: BBC

However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were forced to sit through two monologues by Australian actors Rebel Wilson and Margot Robbie, who ripped into the royal family. 

Rebel Wilson took to the stage to present the award for Best Director, where she opened up by saying: “It’s really great to be here at the Royal Andrew, Royal Harry, Royal Philip, Royal palace place.” 

The camera then cut to Prince William and Kate Middleton, who looked less than pleased that the Pitch Perfect star made reference to Will’s uncle, who has been heavily criticised for his friendship with late paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. 

Later in the night, Aussie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star Margot Robbie took to the stage to accept the award for Best Supporting Actor award on behalf of Brad Pitt. 

Reading out Brad’s speech, Margot said: “He said he’s naming this Harry because he’s really excited about bringing it back to the States with him. His words, not mine. Thanks!” Margot said on stage. 

A fan uploaded the video to their Instagram account, alongside the caption: “Savage”.

Prince William and Kate Middleton laughed graciously through the jibe, although there’s no doubt they were cringing inside. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s awkward BAFTAs entrance

It was somewhat of a cringeworthy night in general for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who looked seriously uncomfortable during their BAFTAs entrance. 

Kate looked stunning on the ceremony’s first sustainably-focused red carpet, wearing an Alexander McQueen gown which she first wore in 2012.

Outside, crowds screamed with delight when the parents-of-three stepped out of their car, however it was a different story inside. 

Kate Middleton arrived at the BAFTA Awards with Prince William wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen gown she first wore in 2012. Photo: Getty Images

In a clip posted to Instagram, an announcer can be heard introducing the Duke and Duchess to the room. 

Then, awkwardly, members of the audience start to clap and shout in glee, while others simply stand up and cross their hands. 

But the time Kate and Wills entered the room, nobody was cheering for them, with Hollywood actors including Renée Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix simply standing awkwardly staring in the royal couple’s direction. 

Music played in the background as they made their way to their seats, both of them looking delighted to be there. 

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