Kate wasn't the only one who didn't wear black to the event. While the Duchess ignored the red carpet black-out, stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, Saoirse Ronan, and Lily James did participate in the movement, attending the London awards wearing black gowns, making a similar fashion statement to those who also ditched colour for Hollywood's Golden Globes last month (Jan18) in light of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements to put an end to inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. "She's glowing! Pregnancy looks good on her!" said another viewer.
"The Duchess of Cambridge did as much as she could do given who she is and what she represents", says Hanson. A constitutional monarchy means that while the queen is head of state, the ability to "make and pass legislation" is the government's role.
As another pointed out: "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".
As it stands, Middleton's choice of a muted color seems to indicate a nod to the cause without showing outright support, something she was prohibited from doing.
Hanson's opinion is not shared by everyone.
The royal did incorporate a few elements of the color into her look, as her dress had a black band around its empire waist and the Duchess carried a dark clutch.More news: Bubba Watson: Wins for third time at Riviera
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This event came after Middleton attended the BAFTAs wearing a green Jenny Packham design, which drew some attention due to the event's unofficial all-black dress code in honor of Time's Up.
Accepting her award, McDormand joked that she had "a little trouble with compliance".
"I would never judge someone's choice of what they wear".
"Kate Middleton shuns #timesup black dress code, clearly not a woman's woman!" read another tweet.
The Duchess of Cambridge has received criticism after wearing a dark green dress at the ceremony. "Wearing black would have gone against royal protocol", he adds.
The Duchess of Cambridge paired her floor-length gown with a thin black ribbon tied with a bow behind her back.