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Kate Middleton might break royal protocol by wearing a black dress to an awards show to protest sexual misconduct

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  • Celebrities are planning to wear black to the upcoming British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Awards) to support the Time's Up initiative.
  • Kate Middleton and Prince William will attend, leading to speculation over whether they will show their support for the movement by wearing black.
  • Royal family expert Marlene Eilers Koenig told INSIDER that she thinks Middleton will avoid wearing black entirely, while others think she'll subtly incorporate it into her outfit.

In January, Hollywood stars hit the red carpet wearing all black at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards to show their support for the Time's Up initiative. Attendees of the upcoming British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Awards) in the UK are planning to follow suit, and this may put Kate Middleton in a difficult position.

Middleton will be attending the event alongside Prince William as he presents an award, and the royal family's tendency to avoid making political statements is at odds with the planned red carpet movement.

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It's possible she'll avoid wearing black entirely, although she could also pair it with another color as a subtle display of support.

"The royal family does try to avoid getting caught in politics and political statements," royal family expert Marlene Eilers Koenig, who runs the blog Royal Musings, told INSIDER. "If Catherine does not wear a black gown, there could be comments about ignoring the issue. Or she could be tactful and wear black with another color — again, that might cause controversy." 

Middleton has previously participated in campaigns about mental health issues, which Koenig thinks goes along with the topic of sexual misconduct. 

"I think the issue is not a political one, but a social one," Koenig told us. "So many victims of sexual abuse do suffer from mental health issues from the physical and mental abuse, so perhaps she will wear black."

Middleton wore a black Alexander McQueen dress with floral details to last year's BAFTA Awards, and a similar dress could be an appropriate choice for this year's event as well.

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All eyes will be on Middleton as she attends the 2018 BAFTA Awards on February 18.

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