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That Awkward Moment When Lebron James Met Kate Middleton & Breaches Protocol With A Sweaty Hug

Lebron James Meets Kate Middleton

Dec. 17 2014, Updated 12:29 p.m. ET

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Looks like Lebron James forgot his manners when he posed with Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after an NBA game in Brooklyn – heavens to Betsy!

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LeBron James may be the king of basketball, but the hunky hulk made a royal faux pas the by throwing an arm around the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Prince William and Kate posed with the Cavaliers player in New York yesterday after a Brooklyn Nets game. James was gracious at first, even presenting a personalized jersey for Prince George.

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But as cameras flashed, King James put his arm around the Duchess’ shoulder – a breach in palace protocol and big-time no-no.

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The awkward moment followed a pleasant encounter between the royal couple and pop royalty Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, as well as Prince William’s visit to the White House.

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The Duke and Duchess continued their greetings, meeting a sweaty Mr. James straight after the game.

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"It's an American being too touchy feely and he shouldn't have done it,” etiquette expert William Hanson said.

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Lebron James was in serious need of a shower - but the royals didn't seem to mind as they joked about their respective shoe sizes.

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At least Lebron got them laughing, right?

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