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Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate pose with Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, backstage of an NBA basketball game between the Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets

Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate pose with Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, backstage of an NBA basketball game between the Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with LeBron James (R) backstage

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with LeBron James (R) backstage

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with LeBron James (R) backstage as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with LeBron James (R) backstage as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets

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Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate pose with Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, backstage of an NBA basketball game between the Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets

Prince William and Kate met basketball star LeBron James in New York on Monday night after watching a basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center indoor arena.

Prince William and the former Miss Middleton were also presented with NBA jerseys, including a small one for their young son, Prince George.

While posing for photographs, LeBron James appeared to surprise the Duchess of Cambridge by breaking royal protocol and placing his arm around her.

The breach of protocol echoed the time when Michelle Obama caused a stir by putting her arm around the Queen in 2009.

The royals are on their first official trip to the US since 2011.

Their schedule for their three-day trip also includes a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a visit to showcase arts education at a youth organisation, and a black-tie fundraiser for their alma mater, the University of St. Andrews.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]


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