Prince William Cancels His 2021 BAFTAs Appearance Amid Prince Philip's Death

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on Friday at the age of 99,  and his unexpected death has led to a change of plans when it comes to Prince William's schedule.

The 38-year-old Royal was supposed to take part in two virtual BAFTA film awards ceremonies that would take place during the weekend but his appearance had to be canceled on account of his grandfather's death.

The news was shared by the British Academy, which also took the opportunity to offer their "deepest sympathy at this time" and say that their thoughts are with the Royal family.

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William, who is currently the BAFTA president, was scheduled to deliver a speech celebrating the resilience of the film industry during the past year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal was also supposed to join, in a pre-recorded conversation, Jenny Beavan, a costume designer, and Sharon Martin, a make-up artist and hair designer, in a discussion focusing on the art of filmmaking.

The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leaving St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in Windsor, England | Photo: Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leaving St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in Windsor, England | Photo: Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images

ATTENDING THE FUNERAL

The Duke of Cambridge, as well as his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be in attendance on Saturday for Prince Philip's funeral service.

William and Harry are expected to stand shoulder to shoulder at the funeral.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in London, England | Photo: Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in London, England | Photo: Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Although it will be a very emotional moment considering how loved the Duke of Edinburgh was by his relatives, it will also be a reunion for William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.

It was confirmed by Buckingham Palace that the 36-year-old will be traveling all the way from California, in the United States, to pay his respects to his late grandfather.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with his younger brother Prince Harry during a visit to the newly established Royal Foundation Support4Grenfell community hub in London, England | Photo: Toby Melville - WPA Pool / Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with his younger brother Prince Harry during a visit to the newly established Royal Foundation Support4Grenfell community hub in London, England | Photo: Toby Melville - WPA Pool / Getty Images

A LONG-AWAITED REUNION

The funeral will also mark the very first time in over a year that the two Royal brothers will be in each other's presence after Harry and Meghan Markle decided to leave the Royal Family.

Even though they haven't spoken ever since, William and Harry are expected to stand shoulder to shoulder at Prince Philip's funeral, and some experts even suggest that it might be a healing moment for them.

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