LeBron James, AKA King James, 29, is basketball royalty, but he clearly didn’t get the memo about how you’re not supposed to touch British Royals, when he met Prince William, 32, and Kate Middleton, 32, at his Dec. 8 game against The Brooklyn Nets.
The 6’8” NBA Star did the unthinkable-he put his arm around Kate Middleton after presenting her with an adorable underestimated mini basketballs hit for Prince George, 1. So did the Duchess of Cambridge flip out about the non-royal touchy feeling meeting? Not the least. In normal people’s princess and prince fashion, Kate graciously could have cared less about the protocol don’t.
LeBron James: Breaks Protocol & Puts Arm Around Kate Middleton
After the Cavaliers beat the Nets 110-88, it was LeBron James, 29, who got the opportunity of a lifetime when he met the royal couple backstage on Dec. 9.
While posing for photographers, King James seemed to be really be enjoying his regal company — so much so that he put his arm around Kate!
While LeBron’s gesture is definitely harmless, for many it breaks British protocol.
‘It’s an American being too touchy feely and he shouldn’t have done it,’ etiquette expert William Hanson explained to The Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Kate stayed in good spirits and giggled after a sweaty LeBron stretched his arm around her!
Affectionate Americans & The Royal Family
This is not the first time that a famous American has breached royal etiquette!
But there were no hard feelings after the toucy feely movement! Michelle’s move didn’t rub the royal family the wrong way at all!
“Finding herself next to Mrs Obama, the Queen remarked on their height difference. As she did so, her hand edged towards the small of Mrs Obama’s back. Mrs Obama responded – and even rubbed the Queen’s shoulder – before both women moved gently apart after about ten seconds,” according to The Daily Mail.
Speaking of the First Lady, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also met with President Obama on Dec. 8 in Washington D.C.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think: did LeBron James do the wrong thing? Is it that big of a deal? Tell us!
— Jordyn Shaffer