AceShowbiz - Kate Middleton's dress choice for the 2018 BAFTA Awards has been a source of speculation for the last couple of weeks. Many were wondering whether the Duchess of Cambridge would wear black in support of the Time's Up movement. In the end, Kate wore a green gown instead of black.
The expectant mom hit the red carpet in a deep green cap-sleeved gown with a black sash by Jenny Packham at the award show, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on February 18. She accessorized it with emerald jewelry, suede Prada heels and a black clutch.
This evening The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. pic.twitter.com/AfKWk2xUSC— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 18 Februari 2018
The Duke presented Sir Ridley Scott with the Academy Fellowship and, after the ceremony, joined The Duchess to congratulate tonight's winners onstage. pic.twitter.com/JMcCggSFtl— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 18 Februari 2018
There was a significant reason why Kate decided not to wear black, though. As a member of the royal family, the Duchess is encouraged not to make broad political statements in public. Despite that, some social media users criticized her decision by saying that the Time's Up movement is not "a political thing."
"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???" a Twitter user wrote. Another similarly said, "Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It's not a political thing. It's a woman thing!"
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) 18 Februari 2018
While Kensington Palace has yet to respond to the backlash over Kate's dress choice, %cAllison Janney% has come to the Duchess' defense. Speaking backstage after picking up the Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in "I, Tonya", Allison said, "I would never judge anyone's choice."
"I think she looked absolutely beautiful, and I'm so happy for her, and I think she's an extraordinary woman. And I'm so happy to see she's pregnant again," the 58-year-old actress said. "She can wear whatever she wants to wear."
Allison also joked that she felt starstruck after spotting Kate and husband Prince William sitting in the front row. "I couldn't even... I wanted to speak to them but then I thought I might say something wrong. So I decided to just look at them and smile," she recalled.