The majority of attendees wore black after a letter circulated inviting guests to do so in support of the Time’s Up initiative, which funds legal support for those who have been sexually harassed at work, and “to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten, and to join hands with people across all industries who have experienced inequality and abuse.”
However, the Duchess followed royal convention and went for a neutral option as she accompanied Prince William, who is president of Bafta, to the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Sunday 18 February.
On The Monarchy’s website it states: “As head of state, the Queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters.” And other members of the royal family have followed suit.
However, while the Duke and Duchess have remained politically neutral, they have encouraged “societal change” through initiatives such as their Heads Together mental health campaign.
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Despite not joining the protest, the Duchess went for a dark shade, that looked black in some lights, and gave a nod to the protest with her black sash, shoes and bag.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson told HuffPost UK they would not be commenting on the Duchess’ decision not to join the black dress protest this evening.
It would not have been unheard of for the Duchess to go for a black option as she did wear a black McQueen gown to the Baftas ceremony in 2017.