LeBron James broke 'protocol' by putting arm around Kate Middleton

LeBron James broke 'protocol' by putting arm around Kate Middleton

Published Dec. 9, 2014 9:28 a.m. ET

A footnote to the warm meeting on Monday at the Barclays Center between Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is that LeBron James blatantly violated rules for interacting with British royalty.

The accompanying footnote will say that James will suffer no consequences for his faux pas and indeed, as King James (or just as a non-Brit), he is not subject to anti-touching rules in the first place.

The protocol we're referring to is known as "Royal etiquette" -- a set of customs and rules that govern interactions with British royalty and dictate that persons shall not put an arm around their shoulder, nor give hugs, kisses on the cheek, and probably not engage in choreographed handshakes or give chest bumps.

How is LeBron supposed to know? Also, as you can see in this video, it doesn’t appear that Kate is concerned with the rules of etiquette.


In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama caused a bit of a stir, too, when she put her arm on Queen Elizabeth II’s back.

James said he was honored to meet William and Kate and gave them gift-wrapped cupcakes and jerseys as a gift.  

But etiquette experts have another gripe about the meeting: James’ sweat stains. Expert William Hanson told MailOnline: “A shower would have been preferable but he had just finished a game – so even more reason for him not have opened his pits by lifting his arm and placing it around Her Royal Highness!'”

Calm down, Mr. Hanson. It's not like he dunked on her.