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Kate Middleton Defies Dress Code, Actually Garners Backlash

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.

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. 

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.

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.”

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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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Kate Middleton Breaks BAFTA’s Time’s Up All-Black Dress Code with Green Dress

Kate Middleton either wasn’t aware or simply didn’t care about the suggested all-black dress code for Time’s Up at the BAFTA Awards — ‘cause she clearly went another way. Kate and Prince William attended the annual award show Sunday, and hit the…

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Kate Middleton: Is She Pregnant With Twin Girls?!

As you’ve likely heard by now, Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child.

But could the Duchess of Cambridge be expecting a fourth child, as well?

That’s the rumor floating around social media today thanks to a new report from Life & Style magazine.

The tabloid claims that Kate is pregnant with twins, and sonograms have revealed that she’s expecting two girls.

A source says Will and Kate “couldn’t be happier about their double-baby news” and have already begun picking out names.

“She’s been telling pals that she’s thrilled to be pregnant with two little princesses and has been proudly showing the sonogram to those closest to her.”

Yes, insiders claim a pair of princesses will be entering the world in 2018.

But don’t expect any of that cutesy name nonsense:

“They don’t plan to coordinate the girls’ names to rhyme or start with the same letter,” says the source.

“Though they’re still debating the final choices, they’ve narrowed down names for the second baby, the source said: “They both like Victoria, Alice, Olivia, Alexandra, and Elizabeth.”

“One of the babies was calm and relaxed, whereas the other had endless energy,” the source adds.

“In a way, Kate feels like she got an idea of what the girls’ personalities are like! Kate jokes that the active baby is a ‘drama queen in the making.’”

The insider claims that the twins have already begun to express their different personalities:

“Kate says the chill baby is taking after George, and her sister is like Charlotte, personality-wise,” the source continued.

“But both babies have been keeping Kate awake at night, as they’re constantly hiccupping and moving around!”

We don’t know why Will and Kate are bothering with all these traditional names when obviously they should dub the twins Chill Child and Princess Anxiety.

Jeez, it’s like we have to think of everything for these royals!

The source adds that the whole family has been helping out around the palace as Kate prepares to welcome the new arrivals, including Meghan Markle who will marry Prince Harry in May:

“Meghan [Markle] has been by Kate’s side during the pregnancy and is always helping out,” the source reveals.

“Meghan often cooks healthy meals for Kate to ensure she’s getting all the right nutrients. She adores George and Charlotte and looks after them if Kate wants to take a nap.”

Yes, if the source is reliable, a royal wedding and two royal babies are on the horizon.

If this were a reality show, we’d say they’re overdoing it!

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Kate Middleton Baby Bump Watch: It’s Pretty Big!

Earlier this month, Prince William shaved his head.

And we’re being generous when we say most observers are not big fans of the Royal Hunk’s new look.

As always, however, it’s a very different story when the topic turns to William’s wife and her most recent appearance.

Having just entered her third trimester, Kate Middleton kicked off a four-day tour of Switzerland and Norway this week.

And she did so with a style!

As you can see above and below, Middleton can’t hide her growing baby bump any longer, not that she’d ever want to do so, of course.

This isn’t Kylie Jenner we’re talking about here.

Kate’s pregnancy isn’t a secret nor is it anything to be ashamed of.

Happy to share her miraculous news and expecting state with an adoring public, Middleton joined William on the ice in Stockholm on Tuesday to take part on the sport of bandy hockey.

Yes, this is a real sport. You can Google it.

Middleton even walked on to the ice to knock some pucks into a goal, but there was never any concern about the beauty falling and injuring herself.

Organizers of the event laid out an actual red carpet on which she could stand while she played.

Insiders say Kate and Williams shared some hot chocolate with school children at the gathering and were then given their own bandy hockey jerseys.

Later on in the day, Middleton (who may or may not be expecting twins) sat for a lunch at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

It was hosted by King Carl KVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and other attendees included Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel.

At one point, all three couples came together for a rare, giant royal photo op in one of the beautiful palace drawing rooms.

We don’t have the picture for you here, but Middleton was wearing the same green dress you see above for the snapshot.

Kate and William will be welcoming their third child in April.

The exact due date has not yet been confirmed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, of course, are already parents to a son named George and a daughter named Charlotte; both are very adorable and precious.

According to a Royal spokesman, Middleton plans on only skipping one event while in Norway in order to rest.

Other than that, she will be an active participant alongside William, proving once again what we’ve known for ages.

This really is Kate Middleton’s world. She’s the most beloved female on the planet.

The rest of us can only bow down in admiration.

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Kate Middleton Turns 36, Remains Regal AF

Kate Middleton is largely so beloved around the world because she comes across as so normal; as the proverbial Girl Next Door.

But Kate Middleton is Royalty.

And, on occasion, she wants to make sure you remember that.

Scroll around below to see what we mean, as we've collected a number of Kate Middleton photos in which our favorite Duchess is looking as regal as… well… you know.

1. Royal Film Premiere of ‘Spectre’

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke, jewel-encrusted Jenny Packham gown to the royal film premiere of ‘Spectre’ at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26th, 2015. Her Robinson Pelham diamond, blue topaz and white gold earrings ($ 21,000) belong to her mother, Carole Middleton, who first wore them to the royal wedding’s evening reception in 2011.

2. A New Duchess Emerges From Her Carriage

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After their carriage procession through London, the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Grand Entrance to Buckingham palace.

3. HRH Inside The Met

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The Duchess of Cambridge takes a sip of water as she watches her husband speak to a room full of St. Andrews alumni and supporters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

4. A Ceremonial Welcome

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The Duchess of Cambridge looks on as the royal family prepares to welcome the President of Singapore and his wife on October 21st, 2014. This is Catherien’s first engagement since announcing her second pregnancy.

5. THE Wedding Dress

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Catherine Middleton (in a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown) looks back at the crowds in front of Westminster Abbey on her wedding day, as bridesmaid Pippa Middleton holds her train on April 29th, 2011.

6. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

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The Duchess of Cambridge (wearing a lace Alexander McQueen dress and a bespoke hat by Jane Taylor) is driven to St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 5th, 2012.

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Kate & Pippa Middleton: Feuding Over Meghan Markle?!

If you believe every tabloid story, Meghan Markle is creating more waves within the royal family than Henry VIII ever did.

Ever since Meghan and Prince Harry got engaged last month, the press has had Meg creating drama pretty much non-stop.

To hear the tabloids tell it, the royal family is like a soap opera with declining ratings, and Meghan is the sexy wild card that the writers bring in to stir things up.

First, it was widely reported that Meghan was feuding with Kate Middleton.

After Kate and Meghan were photographed together while apparently thoroughly enjoying one another’s company, the press was forced to change its tune.

Now, several outlets are claiming that Meghan and Kate are getting along too well–and Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, is not happy about it.

According to In Touch, Kate and Meg are inseparable these days, and the situation has Pippa feeling like the odd woman out.

“They used to do everything together and speak daily,” an insider tells the tabloid.

“But now that Meghan lives practically under the same roof as Kate at Kensington Palace, the dynamics have changed and Pippa feels shoved out.”

The source says Pippa voiced her complaint to Kate, but the Duchess was having none of it.

“Kate fought back and told Pippa that it’s her duty to make Meghan feel welcomed,” the insider claims.

Yes, apparently Kensington Palace is the coolest table in the cafeteria, and Kate is basically Regina George.

The situation may sound ridiculous, but so does the idea of a country having a royal family in 2017.

While all of this is going on, Meghan has her own drama back in the States, and no, we’re not talking about Suits.

Earlier this week, Harry threw shade at Meghan’s family, and now, the actress’ ever-shady half-sister Samantha Markle is publicly capping back.

Like we said, the reports about Meghan are sounding more and more like cheesy soap storylines, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

It’s not that we want her life to be filled with unnecessary drama; we just want her to suitably represent her homeland.

If our salty-ass president has taught the world anything, it’s that no one stirs up drama like Americans–and now, Meghan is driving that message home.

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Meghan Markle vs. Kate Middleton: Engagement Photo Face-Off!

It’s totally on once again between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

At least here at The Hollywood Gossip.

A few weeks ago, shortly after Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement and then made their first public appearance as a betrothed pairing, we pitted the actress against the Duchess.

We asked readers to vote on which beauty looked best in her engagement dress.

And the winner was… FIND OUT NOW!

On Thursday morning, meanwhile, Harry and Markle unveiled their official engagement portraits, reminding our staff of two things:

1. Just how gorgeous each of these stars happens to be.

2. What Prince William and Middleton looked like in their official engagement portrait.

Seriously, are these four of the best looking people on the planet or what?!?

It’s only appropriate that they’ve found each other.

Markle and Harry posed for fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski this at Frogmore House, Windsor for their portraits, with Lubomirski saying the following about the shoot:

“It was an incredible honor to be asked to document this wonderful event.

“But also a great privilege to be invited to share and be a witness to this young couple’s love for one another.”

Harry and Meghan will get married on May 19, 2018, which is just a month or so after Middleton is due to give birth to her third child.

So these two couples will remain linked for a long time to come.

We hear there’s a bit of tension between Markle and Middleton over the former sort of stealing the latter’s spotlight and thunder.

Is there any truth to this chatter?

Did the quartet recently go on a double date to squash the growing beef?

Expect plenty of questions along these lines, and plenty of rumors surrounding Markle and Middleton, to keep circulating online over the coming weeks and months.

It’s only natural for websites and/or tabloids to put the women against each other.

Which, we realize, we are about to do below.

Just in good fun, however. We adore both Meghan and Kate and are just legitimately curious whose engagement photo you like best.

Are you ready to play along?

Are you ready to make this pressing decision?

Compare. Contrast. And cast your VOTE now:

Fashion Face-Off!

It’s a battle royal between a pair of royals: Which of these women looked better in her engagement photo? View Poll »

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Meghan Markle & Kate Middleton: Lunching Together to Quash Feud Rumors?

Meghan Markle is a divorced American newcomer, poised to marry into the British Royal Family. Kate Middleton is pregnant with yet another hair to the crown.

As much as Kensington Palace tries to quash rumors of a feud between Kate and Meghan, people notice when one woman is stealing another’s spotlight.

And some wonder if Kate and Meghan’s “double date” with the Queen has less to do with family and is instead a calculated move to make the women seem like friends.

Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child.

She’s due in April, and while a third royal baby isnt’t the same as the first, well, we’re still talking about a royal baby, folks. It’s big news.

You know what else is big news?

Kate Middleton’s brother-in-law is engaged. Harry and Meghan Markle have even set the wedding date for May 19th.

As excited as people are for the nuptials … that is the month after Kate gives birth.

They couldn’t have put it off?

People reports that Meghan Markle joined her fiance Prince Harry on Wednesday for a yearly royal tradition.

It was the annual pre-Christmas lunch. It took place with Harry’s grandmother, the Queen.

And they were not alone.

Joining them were Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Now, the Royal family has been moving its members around secretly when needed for literal centuries. For this, though, no one made any apparent moves to keep things covert, and the whole world knows that Kate and Meghan were eating side-by-side.

Maybe it’s just tradition … or maybe they’re hoping that news of this family lunch at Buckingham Palace smooths all of those stories of resentment.

Even before Meghan Markle was engaged to Prince Harry or set her wedding date so close to Kate’s due date, Meghan was nudging the already publicly pregnant Kate Middleton out of the spotlight.

Anyone else remember that ridiculous story about Meghan Markle “curing” Kate Middleton’s morning sickness with some sort of home remedy?

At the time, Meghan was just Harry’s girlfriend, but rumors were already attributing magical healing powers to her.

Now that the two are engaged, some people are basically forgetting that Kate’s even pregnant.

As the wedding date approaches, discussions of Meghan Markle are going to grow more frequent, not less.

(Honestly, I predict that plenty of stories about Kate giving birth are going to be framed in a way that mentions Meghan)

Stories of royal resentment, true or not, aren’t going away any time soon.

So what makes the royal family so happy to have Meghan Markle join them?

A couple of things.

One, Prince Harry isn’t a some sort of royal colleague — he’s the prince. He lost his mother at a young age, and his grandmother adores him.

(Who doesn’t?)

So of course they’re happy to clear away some of the hurdles that stand between him and happiness. Honestly, restrictions on royal marriages should have probably gone away a long time ago.

Two, the British government and Kensington Palace know how to do math, and they’ve crunched the numbers.

It’s projected that Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry could rake in some serious dough for the UK.

How much dough, you ask?

$ 670 million.

With the UK bracing itself for losses during their Brexit nightmare, a wedding that draws in 1,000 times its cost is a big win.

And Harry’s happiness? Also a win.

Whatever issues Meghan and Kate might have — honestly, rumor tends to suggest that it’s Kate with the alleged gripes — shouldn’t matter when it comes to each other’s happiness. They’re about to family.

What’s almost certain is that, if these two really are feuding, it’ll stay quiet — expressed only as rumor.

Because the Royal Family would love to avoid scandals.

It would be so nice to believe that the four of them just had a nice lunch with their grandmother who’s also the Queen and that everyone was happy for each other.

Sadly, the world doesn’t always work like that.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Release World’s Most Perfect Christmas Card

It’s the most wonderful time of the year?

Maybe, to some.

But we’d like to make an addendum to this saying:

It’s the most ROYALLY wonderful time of the year!

This is now officially the case because Prince William and Kate Middleton have released their 2017 Christmas card and it featured their two children and it’s just so unbelievable cute and perfect that we want to squeal out loud.

In fact, we can’t help it. We’re going to do so:

EEEEEEK!!!!!!

Getty photographer Chris Jackson snapped the lovely portrait earlier this year and then posted it on Twitter on Monday, writing the following as he did so:

“Delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to use this family portrait I shot as their Christmas Card this year.

“Merry Christmas!”

The stunning snapshot depicts Prince George, Princess Charlotte and their parents wearing matching blue outfits.

Check it out here:

It should be noted that Jackson also took Prince George’s fourth birthday photograph this summer.

The Christmas card photograph was probably taken on the same day as Prince George’s birthday picture, considering he’s wearing the same outfit.

See it HERE.

For last year’s Christmas card, the beloved quartet used a candid shot Jackson took during the royal tour of Canada.

It marked the full immediate family’s first overseas trip together.

And, not that it even needs to be said, but the final product was downright precious:

2016 card

About a year from now, of course, the 2018 version of this card will look very different… because Middleton is pregnant!

Heck, Middleton may even be pregnant with twins.

Whether it’s one additional child or two, however, expect another cute face to be added to this portrait in just a few months.

(Middleton is reportedly due in April; just a short while before Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle. It’s all VERY exciting!)

In addition to sharing their 2017 Christmas card, meanwhile, their Royal Highnesses also shared some exciting news today:

Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London!!!!!!

“We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte,” a spokesperson for the school said, adding:

“We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.”

George, in case you were somehow not aware, is currently enrolled at Thomas’s Battersea in London.

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