You’re a star in your own right, and you lay friendly paws on a fellow celebrity, albeit a royal one. Is it really that big of a deal?
Cleveland Cavaliers’ 6 foot 8 inch forward, LeBron James caused an uproar when he put a friendly arm around Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton during a photo op with her husband Prince William, following an NBA game in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Touchy-feely much? Or just the laid back, sociable American in him?
Proper etiquette demands that commoners show proper respect to the British royal family, including no touching or kissing. LeBron’s familiarity caused a lot of British outrage when he breached protocol with an affable arm around the Duchess. But well, hey, married or not, Kate is a beautiful woman. Didn’t LeBron just score 18 points in a winning match against the Brooklyn Nets? Maybe this is a tamed-down part of his victory hug.
Maybe the “Most Valuable Athlete Brand” (as named by Forbes) took a cue from his own country’s first lady, Michelle Obama, who also got touchy-feely with the Queen herself during a G20 summit reception in the UK in 2009. In any case, the Duchess got into a fit of giggles instead of turning up her nose disdainfully and edging away, even if LeBron did smear her designer coat with his sweat-soaked shirt.
After all, she used to be a commoner herself, didn’t she? And the so-called breach occurred in the United States of America, where no one cowers at the sight of redcoats or kowtows at orders from the Queen.
Should LeBron have essayed a deep bow instead? After all, America is just a few dozen centuries removed from British colonial rule. But wouldn’t that have looked weirdly funny in photos?
What do you think? Should naysayers get their knickers all in a bunch? Or should royal watchers just live and let live? Watch the clip below and tell us what you think:
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