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King James commits personal foul with royal touch

Published:Thursday | December 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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. - File


When King James touched the future queen of England on the shoulder after a basketball game, royal watchers cried foul.

LeBron James, whose nickname is 'King James,' met Prince William and his wife Kate at an NBA game between Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets in New York on Monday. The three posed for a photograph and James put his right hand on the Duchess of Cambridge's right shoulder.

According to protocol in Britain, a commoner is not supposed to touch members of the royal family, even if it is an innocent gesture.

Photos of the meeting appeared throughout the British media, with many outlets highlighting the breach and pointing out James' sweaty post-game shirt.

"He may be known as 'King James' stateside, but LeBron James raised more than a few eyebrows when he got up close with Kate, still dressed in a soggy sweater," the Daily Mirror wrote.

Kate, who is five months pregnant with the couple's second child, stood between James and her husband and smiled for the cameras, but the Independent newspaper said she appeared "somewhat awkward as photographers snapped away merrily".