Unlikely rebel the Duchess of Cambridge left a lot of people hacked off after rocking up to the BAFTAs in a green gown.
The eternally pregnant princess formerly known as Kate Middleton chose to not wear black, despite others doing so in support of the Times Up movement.
Instead, the 36-year-old style icon opted for a £3,000 dark green Jenny Packham dress complimented by opulent emerald jewellery. The only black in sight was her bump-friendly sash and Prada clutch bag.
So what in the name of Guillermo del Toro is going on? Surely Kate – with her delicate manners and extensive education in art history – would have fully understood the symbolic implications of shunning the black dress code…
People have expressed frustration and disappointment about such a high profile woman dodging the opportunity to stand in solidarity with those who have experienced sexual assault, harassment and inequality.
One person made the following Twitter proclamation:
I’m appalled Kate Middleton didn’t wear a black dress, it wouldn’t have hurt her to show some solidarity with women who are fighting for equality, women who don’t have her privilege, wealth and power.
Kate Middleton is annoying. such an important cause and all you had to do was wear black but of course the future queen wanted to look different from the commoners there.
kate middleton is annoying. such an important cause and all you had to do was wear black but of course the future queen wanted to look different from the commoners there
— willow (@fentynarcotics) February 18, 2018
I'm appalled Kate Middleton didn't wear a black dress, it wouldn't have hurt her to show some solidarity with women who are fighting for equality, women who don't have her privilege, wealth and power. #TimesUp
— JohnR EU ✊ #FBPE (@JohnRobb1231) February 18, 2018
Of course, as many of us know, members of the royal family must abstain from participating in political protests, which the Times Up movement could very well be classed as.
Indeed on the royal family’s official website, it states: ‘As head of state, the Queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters.’
As future queen consort, a huge part of Kate’s job involves supporting worthy causes while remaining shtum about anything remotely political. A precarious balancing act if ever there was one.
However, could it be that Kate is beaming a secret, sisterly signal of girl power with her choice of get up?
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Dark green is a well known suffragette colour, representing hope. Could Kate be putting forward a fashionable offering of hope after what has been a nightmarish time in Hollywood?
Founder of the suffragette publication Votes for Women, Lady Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, once wrote:
Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour, it stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity.
White stands for purity in private and public life. Green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.
Well, she’s certainly already got the royal blood part sorted.
I've seen an awful lot of vitriol being directed towards Kate Middleton for her choice of dress at the #BAFTAs. Her outfit was as black as she could get without her breaking royal protocol and shaming her and any other woman is surely the antithesis of the MeToo campaign.
— shane telford. (@MrShaneReaction) February 18, 2018
Neither Kate nor Prince William were sporting Times Up pins. However, Wills did appear to refer to the campaign within his official programme foreword, discussing ‘a year when many brave people spoke up about bullying, harassment and abuse.’
With royal protocol being what it is, it can often be difficult to decipher what the heartfelt opinions of the royal family truly are.
Perhaps we will never know what debates and discussions take place during those rare private moments behind the palace walls.
V.disappointed that Kate Middleton didn't wear BLACK in solidarity with other women. I guess she wanted to look different to commoners, the proletariat that pay taxes to support her lifestyle! Shameful! #metoo #TimesUp #BAFTAs #EEBAFTAs pic.twitter.com/Elg36EGM2G
— JohnR EU ✊ #FBPE (@JohnRobb1231) February 18, 2018
People hurling abuse at Kate Middleton for not wearing black to the #BAFTAs need to remember that as a member of the Royal family, she can’t show support towards a political affiliation or bias.
— Becky Weaver (@becky2293) February 18, 2018
The Times Up movement was established early in 2018 as a response to widespread sexual harassment allegations within the entertainment industry, particularly in regards to disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.