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Prince William has a blast at the Baftas

One might expect the heir to the British throne to maintain a certain amount of regal poise when going about his public duties.

But once the cameras started flashing on the Bafta red carpet, it seems Prince William just couldn’t help himself.

The 31-year-old could have been mistaken for a Hollywood star on Sunday night as he signed autographs, posed for ‘selfies’ with his admiring fans — and even high-fived rapper Tinie Tempah as the awards ceremony got under way.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, was guest of honour at the 67th awards ceremony held at London’s Royal Opera House.

When he arrived just before the ceremony began, he was greeted by deafening screams from the assembled fans.

Not even Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie had been able to muster such an eager reception.

But rather than wilt under the pressure, Prince William embraced the limelight.

While the assembled A-list nominees waited inside, he spent 10 minutes working the red carpet crowd, shaking hands and signing autographs like an experienced Hollywood veteran.

Inside, actress Uma Thurman, 43, and DiCaprio, 39, were heard asking organisers what they should do when the prince entered. When they were told to stand, Thurman exclaimed: “Great! So exciting to meet a prince.”

Once the televised ceremony began, Prince William still found himself at the centre of attention.

Instead of watching discreetly from the Royal Box as his father and grandmother usually do at such events, he made the decision to sit in full view — right in the middle of the front row, where he was flanked by Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry.