4 times Prince William and Duchess Kate were real royal 'rebels' during their trip to New York

2014-12-10 11:28

New York - On their U.S. visit, Prince William and his wife, Kate, took a 'break" from their royal roles by mingling with common folk as well as not relying on their entourage for everything.

Making them seem more approachable the royal couple have classically rebelled from royal protocol while still managing to be reserved.

Here's a look at 4 moments reflecting a different, more down-to-earth breed of British nobility:

1. Holding their own umbrellas...

Braving a pouring rain and strong wind, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge each held their own black umbrella as they walked from their motorcade to the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.

2. Signing without their titles...

At the museum, they signed an electronic tablet for visitors by writing simply "William" and "Catherine" — minus any title.

3. Flying commercial...

Heading for a White House meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday, William stunned passengers on a U.S. Airways flight from New York as he entered the plane cabin.

The royals also took a commercial flight to New York from London on Sunday, and they're expected to do the same on their return trip.

4. Allowing people to touch them...

On Monday, they watched the NBA's Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center — from courtside seats, surrounded by New York sports fans in close proximity.

The heir to the British throne paid homage to "King James" — LeBron James. And Kate smiled when the sweaty star athlete breached royal etiquette by wrapping his arm around the duchess after the game.


The two men also compared their respective shoe sizes, with William noting that James' feet were about twice as big as the prince's.

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