Duchess of Cambridge reacts awkwardly as LeBron James breaks royal protocol by wrapping arm round her

The royal couple are currently on a mini trip to New York

Ella Alexander
Tuesday 09 December 2014 12:12

It’s been a busy few days for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have mingled with Beyonce and Jay Z, avoided hundreds of Eric Garner protests and met basketball star LeBron James.

However, James made the apparently crucial mistake of placing his arm around the Duchess when they posed for photos after his Cleveland Cavaliers, thus breaking royal protocol, which prohibits anyone from touching or kissing members of the royal family.

The Duchess dealt with James’ well-meaning move with arguable awkwardness, appearing somewhat awkward as photographers snapped away merrily.

The royal couple were also presented with NBA jerseys, including one for their one-year-old son, George.

The breach of protocol recalled the moment Michelle Obama attracted attention after she put her arm around the Queen in 2009.

The royals are on a three-day trip to New York, which will also include a visit to the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

During the mini tour, the Duchess has also met with children in Harlem, who mistook her for a princess from Disney film Frozen.

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