Kate attended the glittering showbiz bash alongside Prince William for a ceremony dominated by the furore sparked by the Me Too movement.
Many women wore black dresses and Time’s Up pins on the red carpet as a show of solidarity, giving the event a unique flavour.
Now seven months pregnant with their third child, the Duchess of Cambridge did not join in with the campaign with her choice of outfit.
However, she did don a black belt and carried a black bag, perhaps as a subtle nod to the cause.
Kate was likely to land in political hot water whichever outfit she chose.
As a member of the Royal Family, the Duchess of Cambridge is forbidden from taking a political stance on such issues but could also be critcised by campaigners for not joining in.
Kensington Palace have not confirmed the dress’s colour or whether the black belt is in support of Time’s Up.
Despite the debate, Kate beamed and looked glowing in the dress, which proudly displayed her baby bump.
Joined by a grinning Prince William, they linked hands to the delight of onlookers.
Upon their arrival, William and Kate met the chief executive of Bafta, Amanda Berry, and a host of other representatives from the organisation.
They then took their seats in the front row of the Royal Albert Hall, the central London venue hosting the ceremony.
West Wing actress Allison Janney defended the Duchess’ choice after collecting a best supporting actress prize for her role in I, Tonya.
Speaking backstage, she said: “I would never judge anyone’s choice, she looked absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy for them that she’s pregnant again. She’s an extraordinary woman and she can wear whatever she wants to wear.”
Later, William, who is president of Bafta, presented the Fellowship award. It is the highest accolade given by Bafta to someone who has made an exceptional contribution to film, television, or video games.
This year the recipient of the annual prize is Sir Ridley Scott, the British filmmaker behind Hannibal, Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven.
Sir Ridley’s latest film, All the Money in the World, had to be recast after its lead actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual assault, with Christopher Plummer taking his place.
More than 200 leading female stars including Emma Thompson and Naomie Harris signed an open letter published in Sunday’s The Observer calling for the eradication of sexual harassment across all industries.
The letter calls on the stars to “use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us”.
Pippa Harris, the vice chair of Bafta, said beforehand: “I signed the letter and I’m a wholehearted supporter of the Time’s Up movement.
“I’m personally delighted that they have used the ceremony to bring more attention to what we’re doing, it’s entirely laudable that they’re doing that.
“What’s great about it is that the women who mainly signed the letter are people who have a certain amount of power or money or celebrity.
“What they are doing is trying to raise more money in order to support women who don’t have those things and who have found themselves maybe in a situation of bullying or sexual harassment at work and want to fight but don’t have the wherewithal.
“So I think it’s brilliant that Time’s Up is finally going to be able to give them the support they need.”
Source : EXPRESS