Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Interview Mocked by BAFTA Host as 'Drama' and 'Fantasy'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were lampooned by BAFTA host Rebel Wilson at the 75th film awards ceremony on Sunday night in a joke announcing the category for Outstanding British Film.

The Australian actress, 42, said: "From drama to horror, to fantasy, Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah had it all. Unfortunately that's not nominated in this category, but some incredible films are."

The joke received a moderate response from the audience as the camera cut to a reserved reaction from movie star Emma Watson.

Wilson's jokes on the evening, which also included a jab at Prince Andrew, come after she told BBC's The One Show last week that she runs her puns by a mystery member of the royal family. Speaking to the show's hosts she said:

"I do have a connection with a royal family member who I may text certain jokes to see if it's OK by them... they actually have a really great sense of humor. People think [not] because of their position but they like to laugh as well!"

The BAFTAs are usually attended by the academy's royal president, Prince William accompanied by Kate Middleton. However, the couple didn't attend this year's ceremony with BAFTA citing "diary constraints" as the official reason.

William pre-recorded a two-minute speech, which was played during the event and celebrated BAFTA's talent nurturing output.

The reason behind the decision not to appear at the ceremony in person could be due to the couple's highly anticipated tour of the Caribbean commencing on March 19.

The tour includes a critical visit to Jamaica, an island with a growing republican movement to remove Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. There is some anticipation of protests aimed at William and Kate's visit, in addition to an unknown level of potential reaction following Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey in which allegations of racism were made against an unnamed member of the royal family.

The Cambridges' royal tour will also include visits to the Bahamas and Belize.

Wilson's hosting of the 75th BAFTA Film Awards ceremony follows her memorable presentation of the Best Director award in 2020. The royals were once again the butt of her joke as she began her presentation with:

"It's really great to be here at the Royal Andrew—Royal Harry— Royal Philip—no, Royal... Palace Place?"

The joke made amid the turbulent "Megxit" period and accusations of sexual assault lodged against Prince Andrew made for an uncomfortable neutral reaction from William and Kate who were in the audience and shown on camera.

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Following the ceremony, Wilson said there were no hard feelings from the couple. Speaking to The Sun she said:

"I did speak to Kate and William's private secretary after the BAFTAs and all seemed fine."

The awards ceremony on Sunday was sparsely attended by the category winners, with many acceptance speeches being made by proxy.

Sci-fi fantasy film Dune was the most decorated movie of the night with five wins out of 11 nominations and Jane Campion's western drama The Power of the Dog won Best Film.

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Rebel Wilson poked fun and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey during her role as host of 75th BAFTA Film awards on Sunday. Wilson (L) photographed at the awards on March 13, 2022. Meghan and Harry (R) photographed at Global Citizen Live event on September 25, 2021. Joseph Okpako/WireImage/NDZ/Star Max/GC Images