The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the many stars who attended the BAFTAs on Sunday evening.
The Duchess has divided opinions of the nation by wearing a dark green Jenny Packham gown. Other attendees wore black to make a stand against sexual harassment in support of the Time’s Up movement, in a similar approach to last month’s Golden Globe Awards.
Despite tradition, which dictates that the royal family must remain politically neutral, there has been uproar on social media claiming that the campaign should be supported by such a huge role model. Other people claimed that Kate should not have turned up if she was unwilling to support the campaign. Royal family etiquette also discourages royals not to wear black unless the event is a funeral or Remembrance Day.
Someone please tell Kate Middleton she can go home, get comfy and put her feet up. #BAFTAs
— lisa cooper (@lisac00ps) February 18, 2018
However, this may not be the sole reason for Kate’s green gown, and her choice of dress could have been an unintentional political statement harking back to one of the most influential feminist movements. The Suffragettes wore green to represent hope, and at the time was a symbolic colour signifying movement. Therefore, the Duchess’ outfit could be seen as a nod to the first-wave feminists, celebrating 100 years of the Women’s vote.
Kate did add a black sash to her gown, paired with a black clutch, which some are claiming is her showing acknowledgement of the campaign, without being apparent about her position.