Clothes fit for an assassin: Prince William given Killing Eve pyjamas during BAFTA visit

16 September 2019, 16:57 | Updated: 16 September 2019, 21:09

Prince William was given clothes fit for an assassin after he was presented with pyjamas made for the spy thriller Killing Eve.

The Duke of Cambridge was handed the nighttime attire after opening BAFTA's new exhibition celebrating award-winning films, television programmes and games.

The pyjamas, which are blue with comic-style sound effects written on them, were worn by the assassin Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer in the BBC series.

William received them from the show's producer Sally Woodward Gentle and costume designer Phoebe de Gaye.

Costumes from Killing Eve are on display at the exhibition, including Villanelle's pink Molly Goddard dress teamed with a black pair of boots.

Her eye-catching suit by Dries Van Noten is also on show.

William also chatted to Dan Postgate, the writer behind the revival of the stop-animation children's show The Clangers, originally created by his father Oliver Postgate.

Mr Postgate gave the duke a hand-knitted Clanger and the royal quipped: "I've made enough clangers, so this will go down extremely well."

He also met the 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, with the film featuring in the exhibition.

William said in a short speech at the event: "I am pleased I had the opportunity to meet some of the fantastic British talent who were instrumental in creating the iconic works on display in the exhibition.

"It's safe to say that I felt quite under-dressed when stood in front of those Killing Eve costumes."

Ms Woodward Gentle said: "We gave him a pair of Villanelle's pyjamas from season two.

"They are the ones with the cartoon all over them.

"She wears them in episodes one and two - they are a little boy's pyjamas which she nicks, and she wears.

"They have got 'Kapow!' And cartoony stuff all over them."

Several pairs of pyjamas were made in small, medium and large for the hit show, with the duke being presented with a medium.

Ms Woodward Gentle continued: "They are meant to be worn quite small.

"But they are adult-sized. We had them made up especially for the show. We had a few made up, and that's the last pair left."

Ms Woodward Gentle and the show's costumer designer Phoebe de Gaye said he told them he was a fan of the show.

She continued: "Apparently he has watched it all.

"We didn't test him, but he did say it was quite a final ending to series two. So at least he watched the last three minutes of the last episode.

"He said he loved it. He talked about the dark humour of it, and Jodie (Comer) and Sandra (Oh), how amazing they both are. And he talked about the humour you can get through the costumes, which is what Phoebe is so clever at."

Ms de Gaye said: "He said he didn't quite get it to start with, but then he got into it."