Prince William makes very awkward comment about actress’ harrowing film 

Prince William chatted to the rising star nominees at the Baftas (Picture: Jordan Pettitt/Pool/AFP)

Prince William was caught in an incredibly uncomfortable encounter with the rising star nominees at the 2024 Bafta Awards.

After walking the star-studded red carpet, the Prince of Wales – who is also the Bafta president – met with all the nominees backstage but made a blunder withMia McKenna-Bruce.

Flying solo after Kate’s health issues, he greeted rising stars Phoebe Dynevor, Ayo Edebiri, Sophie Wilde, and Mia as he confessed: ‘I haven’t yet watched your film.’

He then laughed as he added: ‘I think it looked like you had a lot of fun all the way through.’

This would be fairly innocuous but the EE Rising Star winner’s movie How To Have Sex is not ‘a lot of fun’ and instead a harrowing tale of sexual assault.

William’s mistake resulted in cringe-inducing looks from the young actresses he was speaking to, which quickly went viral on social media.

The Prince of Wales hasn’t been able to watch many of the films nominated (Picture: Scott Garfitt/BAFTA via Getty Images)
Mia Mckenna-Bruce won the rising star category (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA)
William accidentally said the harrowing movie was ‘a lot of fun’ (Picture: Scott Garfitt/BAFTA via Getty Images)

Prince William recovered from the awkward moment as he complimented the four women for their performances, even though he hadn’t watched the films which they had been nominated for.

‘The category was so strong, all of you – it was like who is going to pull this off?’ he said. ‘It was incredible. It was very close between all of you.’

Mia urged the Bafta President to watch her coming-of-age movie to which he replied: ‘I’ve got a lot of films to catch up on.

‘Normally I get quite ahead of the awards ceremony, I get to see quite a few of them. I haven’t managed to get that many through.’

Mia’s film How To Have Sex is a coming-of-age story about abuse (Picture: Mubi via AP)
The rising star category was filled with blossoming female talent (Picture: Scott Garfitt/BAFTA via Getty Images)

The film’s synopsis gives little away but explains How To Have Sex as ‘Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday – drinking, clubbing and hooking up, in what should be the best summer of their lives.’

Kent-born Mia described it as ‘for young people in particular who are at this point in their lives of self-discovery’. 

She said: ‘There’s a kind of expectation that you should just know what to do when it comes to losing your virginity or talking about consent, then you’re just left to figure it out on your own.’ 

Earlier in the evening, William had apologised for not confirming his attendance sooner, addressing the fact he hadn’t seen many of the 38 nominated films this year.

Mia is best known for her role in The Dumping Ground (Picture: Reuters)
Prince William attended the Baftas solo without his wife (Picture: EPA)

‘I’ve done the fewest I’ve ever done before, with my wife it’s been a bit – hopefully we’ll catch up,’ William told the chief executive of the Southbank centre Elaine Bedell.

William also shared a friendly moment with David Beckham – who became the face of another scandal as he referred to football as ‘soccer’.

Awkward conversations seemed to be the call of the evening at the Royal Festival Hall in London as Andrew Scott dodged an inappropriate question from BBC reporter Colin Paterson.

Paterson’s Saltburn questioning left viewers enraged as he bizarrely asked the All of Us Strangers star about Barry Keoghan’s penis in the naked dance scene.

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