When Kate Middleton stepped out in London for the 2018 BAFTA Awards, she was wearing a beautiful dark green Jenny Packham gown. It was accessorized with a black sash, as well as a black clutch, and emerald jewels. Kate’s outfits always gather a lot of attention. However, this particular one got even more people talking, because it did not follow the evening’s unofficial dress code.
Just a few weeks before the event took place, it had been announced that the female attendees are expected to wear black, supporting the Time’s Up movement. And that is exactly what all of them did. So, why did the Duchess of Cambridge decide to go against the dress code? Well, it is more complicated than you probably think it is.
The first reason would be that the Duchess didn’t wish to break protocol.
The members of the royal family are known to stay away from anything that is political – so much so, actually, that they do not even vote – so it makes some sense that she made the decision about not wearing a black dress. However, she did wear black accessories and opted for a dark-colored gown which did not stand out among the other outfits.
As it has been explained by Katie Nicholl, who wrote the book named “Kate: The Future Queen,” it is also very likely that Kate’s dress would have been chosen and preordered a few months previously, even before the launching of the Time’s Up campaign. Should she have chosen to follow the dress code and wear black, it would have meant a last-minute wardrobe change which would have been difficult to pull off because currently, she is seven months pregnant with the third baby.
Finally, the members of the royal family also need to follow a certain number of fashion rules.
While Meghan Markle has already broken this particular one, black outfits tend to be reserved for some more somber occasions like funerals, as well as mourning periods, and events like the Remembrance Sunday Service.
While her choice has been criticized on social media, there are a few celebrities that have since taken her defense. After her win for best supporting actress in I, Tonya Allison Janney has explained in an interview that she “would never judge the choice of anyone” of the outfit and that the Duchess “can wear what she wants to wear.” Olivia Munn also expressed her opinion on Twitter, writing that “The Time’s Up dress code suggestion should not be used to reject or control.”
So, here you have it. While we are sure that the Time’s Up movement has full support from the Duchess of Cambridge, there is more than one simple reason as to why she could not have worn black to the BAFTA Awards.