Kate Middleton’s BAFTAs dress slammed

THE Duchess of Cambridge stood out a mile amid a sea of black at today's BAFTA film awards in London - but her choice of outfit faced criticism from some.

The Duchess of Cambridge, glowing in green.
The Duchess of Cambridge, glowing in green.

As with last month's Golden Globe awards, stars dressed mainly in black in a show of solidarity with the #MeToo and Time's Up anti-sexual harassment campaigns.

However, British royals avoid making overtly political statements or gestures, and the Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear dark green as she accompanied husband Prince William, who is the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, to the ceremony.

The pregnant Duchess - also known as Kate Middleton - was glowing in green, but sparked a social media debate about whether or not she should have worn black:






The Sun reports that there would have been repercussions if the Duchess had worn black as it may be seen as a political statement, which is strictly against the Royal Family's rules.

However, Middleton did wear a black sash with the dress, which some fashion watchers read as Middleton's way of making an acknowledgement without making an overt political statement.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the BAFTAs
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the BAFTAs

The royals are joining stars including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie at the British version of the Oscars which are being held at Royal Albert Hall.

Proceedings got off to a rocky start when female protesters from a group called Sisters Uncut stormed the red carpet and lay down linking arms.

The stunt was designed to draw attention to British PM Theresa May's domestic violence policies, which they say are a "dangerous distraction" that will leave survivors "locked up in prison, locked out of refuges, and locked in to violent relationships".