Brad Pitt’s BAFTAs Speech Included a Harry Royal Exit Joke—And Kate and William Heard It
Brad Pitt continued his awards-season winning streak at the BAFTAs on February 2—both in taking home statues for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and in giving hilarious acceptance speeches. While most Americans were focused on the Super Bowl yesterday, across the pond the Brits were handing out their version of the Oscars at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with Prince William and Kate Middleton in attendance.
Technically Pitt didn’t give this new speech himself; he had costar Margot Robbie read it for him because he couldn’t attend due to “family obligations.” But he wasn&apost afraid to go there about Prince Harry’s highly publicized royal exit.
“Brad couldn’t be here tonight due to family obligations, so he asked me to read his response for him,” she said. “He starts by saying, ‘Hey, Britain. Heard you just became single. Welcome to the club! Wishing you the best for the divorce settlement, blah blah blah.’ He then says, ‘Thank you to the Academy for this extreme honor.’ He says he’s ‘always been a bit intimidated over here given the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the titans that have come before, so this is especially meaningful.’”
But it was his final joke about Harry that really got everyone laughing—including a highly amused Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “He’s gonna name this Harry,” Robbie said, “’cause he&aposs really excited about bringing it back to the States with him.” Watch the clip below and you can see the royals’ reactions as the camera cuts to them. Those laughs sure look real to me.
This seems to be, in part, a cheeky joke about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent announcement that they’d be stepping down from the royal family and spending half their time in North America. Whatever the case, Middleton and Prince William appeared in good spirits over the whole thing.
Seriously, who is Brad Pitt working with on all these acceptance speeches? Because they’ve all been stellar. He’s out here cracking jokes about Tinder, his exes, Quentin Tarantino’s thing for feet, and now the Sussexes’ move to North America.
We wonder what he has saved for Oscar night!
Originally Appeared on Glamour