Piers Morgan accused LeBron James of breaching royal protocol when he touched the future Queen of England. Truth is there is no concrete protocol which would forbid King James from putting his arm on her. Prince William and his wife Kate attended a recent basketball game in New York where the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets. The Duke and Duchess did not seem bothered by the basketball star, but Morgan felt as if James disrespected the royal family.
Morgan said the King was wrong for putting his arm around her stating it is not proper to touch a member of the royal family unless they extend their hand or request a touch. He said James may call himself a king but he is not a real king and should have kept his hands off the duchess. Reportedly, the former host of Piers Morgan Live is not the only one a bit shaken by King James; there are other “royal” fans who share Morgan’s sentiments.
Although some may find themselves in a huff about the situation, the monarchy’s website states there are no behavioral codes that one must adhere to when meeting a member of the royal family. There are traditional forms many natives still govern themselves by, but are not at all mandatory, especially for those whom the king or queen is not the head of state.
It seems the most disregarded maxim is making physical contact with a member of the royal family beyond a handshake. This, however, dates back to the Middle Ages and is not the current standard. At that time the British believed monarchs were divinely established to rule by God, as a result they were viewed as gods and demanded that substandard people treat them as such.
This protocol concerning the sovereign had been set in stone for generations. Natives of Britain are quick to warn others, “Whatever you do, do not touch the Queen.” William Hanson, the etiquette expert, agreed with Morgan by saying James should have never put his arm around the future queen.” He added:
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 thought they’d have learned by now.
Many remember the public display of affection between First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. Natives could not believe what they were seeing when the Queen decided to put a friendly arm around Mrs. Obama’s waist. True to her style, Michelle returned the gesture. Guests were astonished to see the Queen showing public affection and some felt the first lady of the United States disrespected her by returning the favor.
Piers Morgan, along with other British natives, felt insulted that James would act in the manner of a king and put his arm around the Duchess. Truth is it was not a breach of centuries-long protocol because that practice is no longer a mandatory behavior for British royalty.
The event marked the first NBA game for the Duke and Duchess. Reportedly, they were not offended by LeBron’s touch, but were delighted for the opportunity to meet the king, along with Hollywood royalty Jay Z and Beyoncé. LeBron James meant no harm or disrespect when he put his arm around Kate Middleton for the photo opportunity. It was merely a gesture of habit from the king of the Cleveland Cavaliers to the future Queen of England.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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