Kate Middleton Defies Dress Code, Actually Garners Backlash

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It has happened, folks.

It has finally happened.

The celebrity most impervious to criticism is actually on the receiving end of a few harsh rebukes...

... and it's all due to the color of a dress Kate Middleton chose to wear in public over the weekend.

Kate Middleton at Awards Show

On Sunday night, Middleton and husband Prince William attended the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), which are the British equivalent of the Academy Awards.

As always, the eyes of a nation turned to Middleton not only because she's beautiful and fashionable and beloved - but also because she's seven months pregnant.

What sort of outfit would she wear? Would her baby bump be visible?

The brunette bombshell chose a deep green cap-sleeved gown by Jenny Packham, and she looks gorgeous in the dress.

No one on social media dared to debate this point, as Kate also accessorized with emerald jewelry, suede Prada heels and a black clutch. 

Kate and Will on Red Carpet

But nearly everyone else at the event went with black tuxedos or gowns.

You see, just like the Golden Globes in January, attendees of this year’s BAFTAs were strongly encouraged to wear this color in support of the Time’s Up initiative, which stands against harassment, assault and mistreatment of women.

Specifically, the organization is a legal defense fund meant to provide monetary support to those who wish to take legal action.

It was started after the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood, exposing sexual predators such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.

Even though the Royal Family famously stays away from hot-button political issues, many fans assumed Middleton would at least show support for this cause, simply considering how non-controversial it is.

Or how non-controversial it should be, at least.

Kate Middleton in Final Trimester

As a result of Middleton's decision to don green, therefore, these folks felt let down by their duchess.

“Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It’s not a political thing. It’s a woman thing!” wrote one disgruntled Internet user.

Added another:

"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??? #BAFTAs2018."

angry at kate

Middleton, of course, has a lot going on these days.

She's due to give birth in just a few weeks, possibly to a PAIR OF BABIES.

It's conceivable, albeit unlikely, that she was unaware that stars had been asked to wear black in honor of this initiative.

Without citing any specific cause, she has spoken up in the past about motherhood and feminism.

“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience,” she said in a speech last year, adding at the time:

“However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.

"It’s full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together."

The crux of this speech wasn't really political, but it did tackle the subject of mental health, proving that Middleton isn't afraid to at least touch on topics that mean a lot to her.

"It is right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing," she said.

"But we also need to talk about its stresses and strains. It’s okay not to find it easy, and asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness.

"If any of us caught a fever during pregnancy, we would seek advice and support from a doctor. Getting help with our mental health is no different."

These words were met with strong virtual applause across the Internet.

Many just wish Kate, when faced with the opportunity, had said something similar about the ongoing female empowerment movement taking over the film industry as well.

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