Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to attend the 2018 BAFTA Awards on February 18, where actresses are expected to wear black dresses in support of the #TimesUp movement — much like at the Golden Globes.
The thing is, and as anyone who watches The Crown knows, royal family members are strictly forbidden from making political statements. If Kate wears a black dress, it could be seen as a breech of royal protocol. But if she doesn't wear one, she could be the only person in the room opting out of supporting this vital moment for women.
It presents a major predicament for her design team, as royal reporters are noting via social media.
Does the Duchess of Cambridge a) wear black to Bafta like #timesup campaigners and be accused of making political statement, or b) risk being the only woman wearing colour? Glad Im not the one deciding https://t.co/unc7kMbLfn— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) February 9, 2018
As Daily Mirror correspondent Victoria Murphy notes, it's possible that Kate will find a workaround by wearing black with some sort of colorful detailing—an implicit statement of solidarity with #TimesUp that isn't technically all that statement-y.
My guess on this is that Kate will wear a dress that is black with some coloured/metallic detail. That way she is unlikely to be accused of being too political or of ignoring the cause https://t.co/aWhsYPsJmU— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) February 9, 2018
FYI, this is what Kate wore last time she attended the BAFTAs in 2017:
Stay tuned for details of this year's dress.
H/T Cosmo UK