BAFTA Takes Aim at News Corp's The Sun After Kate Middleton Story

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The British Academy says it's "nonsense" that senior staffers don't want the princess to attend for fear of her outshining the other female stars due to appear.

BAFTA has reacted to claims made in The Sun, the British tabloid that is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, about some of its senior staff not wanting Kate Middleton to appear at next month's awards ceremony for fear of detracting "from the presence of stars such as Emily Blunt and Naomie Harris."

In an article published Tuesday, the paper claimed that Prince William, as president of BAFTA, wanted to attend the ceremony after facing criticism for not appearing the past two years.

It also asserted that he wanted to bring Middleton. “But it was then expressed by senior staff within BAFTA that Kate’s attendance will totally distract from all the film stars there," the report added. 

BAFTA said the claims made in the article were "nonsense."

In a statement Tuesday, it said it was "completely untrue that BAFTA has suggested that our president attend on his own. We would be delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses any year that they are able to attend."

The BAFTA Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 12 at London's Royal Albert Hall.