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LeBron James broke royalty etiquette rules when he put his arm around Kate

Britain’s Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose with Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, backstage of an NBA basketball game between the Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Britain’s Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose with Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, backstage of an NBA basketball game between the Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. AP

CLEVELAND – LeBron James might be a king in America, but he still isn’t royal enough to touch the Duchess of Cambridge.

James apparently broke British etiquette Monday when he put his arm around Kate as they posed for pictures alongside Prince William following the Cavs’ 110-88 victory at the Brooklyn Nets.

James presented the royal couple with cupcakes from Akron’s Baker Blvd., a tiny Cavs jersey with “George” stitched across the back for their young son and a second Cavs jersey with “Cambridge” stitched on the back.

But touching the duchess – and appearing in front of them in a sweaty Cavs shirt – were apparently out of order.

“Although I am sure the Duchess of Cambridge won’t have worried about it, Mr. James should not have put his arm around her,” etiquette expert William Hanson told the Daily Mail. “Americans are much more tactile than we Brits and this is another example of an American being too touchy feely with British royalty. You’d have think they’d have learned by now.”

Hanson said James’ sweaty appearance was allowable only because he just finished playing a game and time was of the essence.

“A shower would have been preferable but he had just finished a game – so even more reason for him not to have opened his pits by lifting his arm and placing it around Her Royal Highness,” Hanson said.

James did not speak to reporters prior to Tuesday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors.

“If you’re going to break the rules,” Cavs coach David Blatt said, “I thought it was a nice way of doing it.”

The official website for the British Monarchy, however, notes there are “no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting the Queen or a member of the Royal Family.”

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