LeBron James broke royal protocol by touching Duchess Kate

2014-12-10 07:51

New York - LeBron James showed Prince William that it's good to be the King.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers turned a close game into a clinic after Prince William and his wife, Kate, grabbed courtside seats to watch them, beating the Brooklyn Nets 110-88 in the NBA late on Monday.

Cleveland outscored Brooklyn 49-27 after Britain's royal couple arrived to cameras flashing, fans roaring, and a tied game.

After the game LeBron gave the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cupcakes from a bakery in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and a couple of Cavaliers jerseys: One for their son (Kate is expecting their second child) and another that read "Cambridge" on the back.

It all went swimmingly well until it was time for a quick photo call. While posing for a few photos, LeBron casually put his arm around Duchess Kate. A big no-no when you're in the presence of royalty.

According to royal protocol no member of the the royal family is to be touched, unless it's a hand shake and the royal initiates it themselves. But it seems like LeBron was blissfully unaware of the strict rules.

The Duchess tried her best to play it cool.


Fortunately for LeBron, he got away with it!

To avoid situations like Lebron's, The Daily Dot shared some other rules to keep in mind when meeting a royal:

1. Do not speak unless spoken to. Do not ask inappropriate questions.

2. Do not touch a royal. The only exception is a handshake, which they will initiate. Don’t keep holding on.

3. For the Queen, it’s “Your Majesty,” then “Ma'am,” pronounced like "ham," not "farm." For the Duke and Duchess, it’s “Your Royal Highness,” then “Ma'am” or “Sir” as above.

4. One must stand when a royal enters a room. Men should bow and women should curtsy on introduction.

5. For meals: When the most senior royal in attendance finishes, so do all the guests. 

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