The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the BAFTA Awards on 18 February but might find herself wading into controversy if she doesn’t adhere to the all-black dress code for women in honour of the recent #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.
As a member of the Royal Family, the Duchess of Cambridge is urged against displaying any personal preference for politics and indeed, does not vote.
Royals are also encouraged against political statements, which will put Kate in a difficult position if she does not wear a black gown, as she could be seen not to support the movement.
At the 75th Golden Globes in January, actresses dressed in black as a show of solidarity with the movement. At the Grammy Awards earlier this month, attendees were asked to wear white roses to show solidarity.
Some actresses chose to add a splash of colour to their outfit, be it a part of the dress or through accessories, and this is an alternative route Kate could take to adhere to the code without angering anyone accusing her of wading into political matters.
BAFTAS’ chairman, Jane Lush, was interviewed stating that, although the black dress code isn’t officially a part of the BAFTAS code, “We too are determined that the brave revelations, and make no mistake, they were very brave, become a watershed moment for a real lasting change across the workforce in film, game and television.”
The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements developed late last year after explosive revelations about Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long rampant sexual assault and harassment was exposed by The New York Times and New York Magazine, which caused an avalanche of reckoning across the entertainment industry and trickled into other industries, including politics.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the BAFTAS last year for the first time as a couple. Prince William is the current BAFTA President.