Prince William has shown 'strength of character' and is determined to 'hold the fort' amidst King Charles and Catherine's health woes - as Prince Harry 'offers to return,' if called upon, say royal sources.

The Prince of Wales made a statement as he attended his wife Kate's favorite show the BAFTA ceremony alone for the first time in years without her by his side, as she recovers from abdominal surgery. Insiders say Prince William, 41, is determined to soldier on despite the recent health troubles his family have faced.

His father King Charles was diagnosed with cancer just weeks ago. A source exclusively told The Mirror US: "Prince William and Kate always look forward to the BAFTAs each year. It's like a date night for them, so he would have really missed her company last night.

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"Still, ever the professional, Prince William didn't want to let the side down, so put all of his personal woes to one side, to attend the ceremony. Prince William is determined to soldier on and hold the fort while king Charles and Kate are absent, and it shows his strength of character.

"It's a duty he takes with the utmost importance and one he will not shirk. Although Prince Harry has let it be known he would be there at the drop of a hat to support the family in their time of need, Prince William hasn't taken him up on that offer as of yet as the brothers are still reeling from their royal fall-out.

"Still Wills put his best foot forward at the BAFTAs and managed to raise a smile from everyone he met." The Prince of Wales, who is president of Bafta, arrived at the glitzy film awards in a smart tuxedo.

Prince William was greeted by Elaine Bedell, the chief executive of the chief executive of the Southbank Centre - and he told her: "I'm sorry Catherine's not here, she does love the Baftas."

When asked if he had been able to watch many of the 38 feature films being nominated at the awards, he said: "No, I've done the fewest I've ever done this year, annoyingly." And movingly, he added: "I've had other things on my mind It's been a bit like... but hopefully I'll catch up."