Kate Middleton wore a black-and-white Erdem dress to co-host the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception yesterday—an interesting choice considering the major backlash she received for not wearing a black gown in support of the #TimesUp movement at the BAFTAs earlier this weekend.
While most female attendees wore black on the red carpet in support of the movement, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a green gown with a black sash, which some felt wasn't enough of a statement.
Twitter users made it clear that they were less than thrilled by Kate's choice to seemingly ignore #TimesUp.
Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It’s not a political thing. Its a woman thing! #TimesUp #StandTogetherFebruary 18, 2018
I know the Royals aren’t supposed to get involved with “protests” or anything… but would it really have been THAT bad for Kate Middleton to wear black??? #BAFTAs2018February 18, 2018
Reminder: Royals aren't supposed to be political (though is supporting women who have experienced harassment/abuse in the workplace really a political statement or just a call for basic human decency?), so Kate's decision to wear black post-BAFTAs could be (we hope) a subtle nod to the movement.
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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