Prince William is currently mourning his deceased grandfather, Prince Philip, after he died at age 99. Philip's death was officially confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Friday, and William cancelled his appointments for the weekend as a result.
Prince William cancels appearance at BAFTA Awards
Prince William canceled all his appointments for the past weekend while mourning his grandfather, including the British Academy Film Awards. The Duke of Cambridge was originally supposed to have been part of the two-day awards ceremony on Saturday and Sunday via video broadcast.
Prince William has been the President of BAFTA since 2010. The British Academy Film Awards are presented annually to films and filmmakers. This year some of the awards were given virtually, presented over two evenings.
Prince William offered condolences from BAFTA
Prince William's decision to cancel his appearance at the BAFTA Awards led the organization to release an official statement. "In light of The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, The Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of BAFTA programming this weekend," they said. "Our thoughts are with the royal family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy at this time."
Many European royals have been expressing their sadness over Prince Philip's death, releasing their own statements. As well, several members of the British royal family— including Prince William— changed their social media profile pictures as a kind of tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh following his passing.