Apparently no one prepped basketball player LeBron James on the proper protocol when meeting a member of the Royal Family.
During their two-day tour in the New York City area, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge attended a basketball game at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Nets.
James was bestowed the honor of presenting a Cavaliers jersey to the Royal couple and during the photo-op event, the basketball player, who had not even taken a shower after game, broke royal protocol by putting his arm, a very sweaty one, around Kate Middleton’s should, which is a breach in etiquette.
Although Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were not offended by the incident, the British media is now going ballistic.
The Telegraph newspaper wrote, “there are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms……for men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.”
Unlike James, Jay Z and Beyonce, who met the Royal couple in between the third and the fourth quarters during the game, followed protocol by shaking hands.