BRAD Pitt made a cheeky dig at the Royal Family in a hilarious speech read by Margot Robbie at tonight's Baftas.
The actor, 56, was unable to attend the ceremony due to a family obligation in the States, but that didn't stop him stealing the show.
His written speech playfully took aim at Brexit and Prince Harry's decision to turn his back on his royal duties for a quieter life in Canada and the US with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie.
Margot — who missed out on the Supporting Actress trophy despite two nominations in the category – left Prince William and Kate Middleton giggling awkwardly in the front row as she read out the gag.
She said: “Oh, and he says he’s going to name this Harry because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him.”
After gasps from the stunned Royal Albert Hall audience, she then quickly added: “His words not mine, thanks.”
Brad also made light of his very public split from A-lister wife Angelina Jolie, with whom he has six kids.
She said: “Brad couldn’t be here tonight so he asked me to read his response.
“He starts by saying, ‘Hey Britain. I heard you just became single. Welcome to the club. Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement now blah blah blah.
“He then says thank you to the Academy for this extreme honour.
“He says he has always been a bit intimidated over here given the royal academy of dramatic arts and the kind of people that have come before so this is especially meaningful.”
Viewers at home loved it, with one writing on Twitter: "#BAFTAs #BAFTA Brad Pitt is the best!!❤❤ Naming Harry's name was da bomb!!!!"
Another laughed: "BRAD PITT’S WRITTEN SPEECH SAID HE’S NAMED HIS BAFTA “HARRY” BECAUSE HE’S EXCITED TO BRING IT BACK TO THE USA WITH HIM LMFAOO MARGOT READ IT IN FRONT OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE TOO THIS IS SO FUNNY."
Actress Rebel Wilson, 39, also took aim at the royals — and drew gasps from the audience by mentioning disgraced Prince Andrew when she introduced the award for Best Director.
The Australian actress pretended to have been left dumbfounded after learning Baftas bosses had ditched the luxurious goodie bag and when she stood at the lectern told the audience: “This is the Andrew, this is the Royal, This is the Harry, Royal, no, let’s get this royal, palace plays…
“Sorry I was just told backstage no one is getting a massive gift bag tonight.”
As the audience burst out laughing she quipped: “You’re getting a gifting wallet. Which is funny because that is also the nickname of my vagina.
“Maybe it is me who will win best original score at the after party tonight.”
Rebel went on to joke the Bafta mask was the perfect way to stop the spread of coronavirus and said her recycled dress was made from part of a black dress she “wore to the funeral of the feature film cats”.
Taking a swipe at the lack of a female nominee in the category she was presenting, Rebel said of the male directors: “I don’t think I could do what they do. Honestly. I just don’t have the balls.”
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