Kate Middleton is under fire for not wearing black to the annual BAFTA Awards on Sunday, who instead wore a deep green gown.
Attendees of this year’s BAFTAs were encouraged to wear black as an unofficial dress code to support the Time’s Up initiative, similar to the Golden Globes in January. Middleton’s dress did feature a black sash underneath the gown, and she matched a black clutch to the ensemble.
“Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It’s not a political thing. Its a woman thing! #TimesUp #StandTogether,” wrote one user on Twitter.
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“I know the Royals aren’t supposed to get involved with ‘protests’ or anything… but would it really have been THAT bad for Kate Middleton to wear black???” wrote another.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Middleton wore a black off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown to last year’s event which would have fit perfectly with this year’s dress code.
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Some fans were quick to defend the Duchess of Cambridge.
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
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
Anyone criticising Kate Middleton for wearing a very dark green dress to the baftas is a complete IDIOT let me educate you fools! Royalty do not wear black unless in a state of mourning death. I am over the times up movement it’s gone too far. How dare people judge her
— hidden treasures (@_HiddenT) February 19, 2018
Britain’s royal family, which typically avoids making public political statements, has not commented on the matter. It is even considered “unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.” According to Newsweek, the Royal Family does “not exercise their right to vote.”
See tweets about Middleton’s dress choice below.
Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It’s not a political thing. Its a woman thing! #TimesUp #StandTogether
— Nikki Long (@Nikki_L87) February 18, 2018
I know the Royals aren’t supposed to get involved with “protests” or anything… but would it really have been THAT bad for Kate Middleton to wear black??? #BAFTAs2018
— Rachel McGrath (@RachelMcGrath) February 18, 2018
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 (@JohnRobb1231) February 18, 2018
Kate Middleton shuns #timesup black dress code, clearly not a woman’s woman! #EEBAFTAs
— Johanna (@decadedesigner) February 18, 2018
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