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The Duchess of Cambridge was one of the only women to break the all-black dress code.

Lisa Marie Segarra
February 19, 2018

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs) offered a similar sight to the Golden Globes on Sunday night – with most actors movie industry figures wearings black in solidarity with the Time’s Up and #metoo movement against sexual harassment.

But there was one notable exception: Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dark green dress. She was one of the only women on the red carpet who was not wearing black. Among the list of A-list stars all in black were Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie.

Despite coming in for some criticism on social media –  "This should've been an easy choice for them to make, and they failed," wrote one Twitter user – royal watchers have said Middleton likely avoided black because of the long royal tradition of abstaining from political statements. 

And, as author and royal family expert Imogen Lloyd Webber pointed out on Good Morning AmericaMiddleton seemed to include subtle reference to the movement in her outfit for the night.  

“She was wearing green, which is the color of hope for the suffragette movement in the UK. She was wearing emeralds, which is a sign of feminine empowerment," Lloyd Webber said, noting that royals often send secret signals in what they wear.

Middleton also wore a black sash on her green gown and her personal secretary, Catherine Quinn, was clad all in black, the Times of London reported. 

As BAFTA president, Prince William included a nod to the #MeToo movement in the program forward, which stated, “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.

"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," the Daily Telegraph reported.

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