As we saw at the Golden Globes in January, actresses on the BAFTA red carpet opted to wear black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement. Royal protocol dictates the Duchess of Cambridge can not take any political stance. Therefore commentators did not expect her to also wear head-to-black like Margot Robbie and Angelina Jolie.
Nonetheless, Kate’s choice to wear a somber hue shows support in a subtle way. After all, some of the most steadfast supporters of Time’s Up wore bedazzled gowns to the Golden Globes that weren’t entirely black, but a pop of pattern could help Middleton make the argument to Buckingham Palace that her dress wasn't a political statement.