The Duchess of Sussex was invited to the BAFTAs in 2015 but refused the invitation. Meghan’s decision to refuse the invite was that following a trip to a refugee camp in Rwanda, her gut simply told her not to. The now mother to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was in Rwanda as part of her role as an advocate for UN Women.
Describing her decision in her now-defunct blog, The Tig, Meghan spoke of she simply couldn’t go to the awards ceremony following her trip to Africa.
Meghan said: “My gut said, ‘No.’
“While my two worlds can coexist, I’ve learned that for me, being able to keep a foot in both is a delicate balance – because while they are not mutually exclusive, guiding my heart through the swinging pendulum from excess to lack of access is sometimes challenging.
“My brain, heart, spirit couldn’t shift gears that quickly – from the purpose-driven work I had been doing all week in Rwanda, to the glitz and glamour of an award show – plus the pomp and circumstance that comes with it.
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“’No,’ my heart said.
“And it wasn’t a soft whisper to myself; it was a lion’s roar.”
Away from the reasoning to reject the invite, the Duchess also spoke of her love of the awards ceremony.
Writing at the peak of her fame in American TV drama, Suits, Meghan admitted that she had always “romanticised” the idea of the BAFTAs.
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She wrote in her blog: “I had never been and had always romanticised the idea of it.
“A high-end jewellery company was going to fly me in, get me dolled up in the fanciest of gowns and I would travel straight from Kigali to Heathrow, to the makeup chair, and immediately onto the red carpet.”
Although Meghan may have refused the invitation to the awards ceremony, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge go every year.
William has been BAFTA president since 2010, while Prince Philip was appointed its first president in 1959, and The Queen and Princess Anne have played key roles.