Prince William has launched a bursary scheme aimed at helping underprivileged talent find a career in showbiz, in the meanwhile revealing the struggle of trying to regulate a child’s screen time.
The Duke of Cambridge met with game designer Harry Petch during a visit to the refurbished BAFTA headquarters in London, where he made the relatable comment.
Harry Petch, who has received support through BAFTA’s Young Game Designers (YGD) programme in the past, released his carbon-capturing game called ‘Net Carbon’ during Cop26 in Glasgow last year.
During the meeting, William revealed, like many children his age, Prince George “in particular” loves computer games and that, like many parents, the Duke and Duchess try to “regulate screen time” at home. However, he added: “I like this for school, it is a great way to teach the kids.”
William, who is President of BAFTA, recently launched the Prince William BAFTA Bursary Fund, which is targeted at aiding talented individuals, who due to financial reasons, would otherwise not be able to pursue careers in the entertainment industry.
“I am hugely proud of BAFTA’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that young talent from all walks of life is given every possible opportunity to build and develop successful careers in the film, games and television industries,” said the Prince.
“The redevelopment of 195 Piccadilly has created fantastic new learning spaces to ensure that future generations can receive the support they need to thrive.”
During the visit to BAFTA HQ the Duke met with past mentee Annie Price and BAFTA-winning actor and mentor Suranne Jones, who said: “If you want to find your footing in the arts, BAFTA’s unique approach of harnessing the industry to support emerging talent can be invaluable.
“As young as eight, I dreamed of becoming an actor, but I didn’t begin my professional career until the age of 16.
“A lot of young people in creative fields who don’t have family connections in the industry don’t know where to turn for help or advice and I resonate with their stories in that sense.
“Behind the scenes and beyond the awards, there is a lot of good work being done to level the playing field for creatives from all walks of life and I’m delighted to play my part in my role as a BAFTA mentor.”
William also visited the Creative and Future Galleries, a dedicated learning area with state-of-the-art technology incorporated into BAFTA. Seeming excited to attend the 2022 BAFTA awards after last year’s virtual ceremony.