There is a good reason why Kate Middleton didn't wear black to the Baftas

Getty/Chris JacksonKate Middleton attended the awards with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge and president of Bafta.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday.
  • The awards night had an unofficial black dress code in support of the Time’s Up campaign in the wake of Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal.
  • Kate Middleton was one of few women not to observe the dress code – but it could be because the royal family is meant to be politically neutral.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined some of the world’s biggest stars on the red carpet at the British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday Night.

But while most guests adhered to the “unofficial black dress code” in support of the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment – Kate Middleton was one of the few women who did not.

Instead, she opted for a dark green dress by Brit designer Jenny Packham with a black velvet ribbon, which some observers suggested was a subtle nod of support to the cause.

There could be a good reason why Middleton didn’t wear a full black ball gown. The royal family is meant to be studiously politically neutral, so by choosing not to observe the Time’s Up dress code, she kept her views to herself.

Prince William did, however, comment on the role Bafta had played in the fight against sexual harassment in his foreword for the awards’ programme.

“Levelling the playing field and ensuring a safe, professional working environment for aspiring actors, filmmakers and craft practitioners – regardless of their background and circumstances – is vital to ensure film remains accessible and exciting for all,” he wrote, according to The Daily Telegraph.

“As president, I am proud of the leadership Bafta have shown on this; in a year which rocked the industry as many brave people spoke up about bullying, harassment and abuse despite the risk to their professional careers and reputations.”

Kate Middleton arrived with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge and president of Bafta – neither of whom wore the Time’s Up lapel pin.

The Duchess, who is due to give birth in April, accessorised her look with a matching diamond and emerald necklace, earrings and bracelet set, and a black velvet clutch.

Some observers suggested the black velvet sash was a subtle nod of solidarity to the movement and its causes.

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