Prince William and Kate Middleton watch LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers …

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Golden State win their 13th straight game, and there were overtime wins for Washington, Toronto and the LA Clippers

LeBron James showed Prince William that it’s good to be the King.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers turned a close game into a clinic as Prince William and Kate Middleton were court side to watch them beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-88 on Monday night.

Cleveland outscored Brooklyn 49-27 after the royal couple arrived to cameras flashing, fans roaring and a tied game.

‘Yeah, they brought luck to us,’ James said. 

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Prince William and Kate Middleton were in attendance at the Barclays Center on Monday for the game between Brooklyn and Cleveland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met LeBron James backstage and were presented with Cavs jerseys, including one for their son George

King of the court LeBron talks to Prince William and Kate Middleton backstage after helping Cleveland to victory in New York City

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take their seat in the front row to watch the NBA match between the Nets and Cavaliers

Prince William turns away some refreshments as he watches the game at the Barclays Center

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And then James brought gifts to them. He gave the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cupcakes from a bakery in his hometown of Akron, Ohio and a couple of Cavaliers jerseys: one for their son and another that read ‘Cambridge’ on the back.

‘It was their first time watching a basketball game, so it was an honour that I would be that guy they decided they wanted to watch,’ James said.

Kevin Love was shooting free throws when the royal couple emerged from a tunnel with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter. Perhaps distracted by the loud roar, Love missed the second badly, leaving the game tied at 61.

‘It was a little bit more of a distraction than people waving towels or waving whatever it is that they do,’ Love said. ‘Yes, it was big distraction. I just tried to make the second shot and it ended up being about a foot short.’ 

Basketball royalty James was the star attraction on the court for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate Middleton are introduced on the big screen during a break in play on Monday night

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look up to the big screen, where their faces are shown during a break in play

Prince William meets American singer Jay Z courtside at the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

But James, putting on a show that few others could, threw some sharp passes to go with his nine points in the period and the Cavs cruised from there to their seventh straight victory.

He finished with 18 points after joining Kyrie Irving and some Nets players in wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts during warm-ups.

That would’ve been the story most nights, but he had to share it with the royals’ arrival during their first visit to New York. They met earlier in the game with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, celebrating a partnership between the Royal Foundation and the league to raise awareness about the importance of international wildlife conservation. 

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Kate Middleton shakes hands with Jay Z after the game at the Barclays Center in the New York borough of Brooklyn

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended their first NBA basketball game as they visited New York City

The buzz built as officials began gathering near the tunnel at half-time for the couple, and it may have amped up James, who had a quiet first half but took his game to another level in front of William and Kate, a day after saying it was an ‘honour’ to have them watch him play.

James’ biggest statement before then came during the pre-game layup line. He and Irving, along with Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and two other Nets, wore warm-up shirts in support of the family of Eric Garner, who died on July 17 after a police officer placed him in a chokehold when he was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

A recording of Garner’s arrest showed him gasping, ‘I can’t breathe’ during the fatal encounter, and thousands have protested a grand jury decision not to indict the officer since the announcement on Wednesday. 

Jay Z and Beyonce walk off the court after the game (left) which Prince WIlliam and Kate Middleton (right) also attended

James scored 18 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-88 at the Barclays Center

James talks to Jay Z at courtside after Cleveland’s victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night

Prince William (centre) holds a basketball while standing next to Kate Middleton (second left), NBA ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (left), NBA commissioner Adam Silver (second right) and executive vice president of social responsibility and player programs Kathleen Behrens (right)

Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Silver place their hands on a basketball before the NBA match at the Brooklyn Center

Kate shakes hands with Silver after arriving at the Barclays Center before Monday’s NBA match between the Nets and Cavs

Silver was also afforded the opportunity to meet Prince William at the Brooklyn Nets’ Barclays Center 

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jnr (centre) watches the action from the front row at the Barclays Center

James starred in a big win for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Brooklyn Nets as they recorded their seventh straight victory

‘D-Will brought it to the guys that wanted to wear it and support the cause, and the ones that wanted to wear it wore it. I think it is important,’ Garnett said.

Williams had 13 points and 11 assists but shot 3 for 14 for the Nets, who played without injured starters Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.

Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Dion Waiters came off Cleveland’s bench for 26 points.


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Prince William and Duchess Kate’s fairytale Royal visit to New York

Yes, Princess … Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits a preschool class at the Northside Center for Childhood Development in New York. Pic: AP Photo/Seth Wenig
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WITH her auburn hair cascading over a blackcoat and matching black stockings and surrounded by burly men with ear pieces, it was no wonder Kate the Duchess of Cambridge was greeted with quizzical and confused looks by some outside the children’s centre in Harlem in New York City.

The four-year-olds at the Northside Centre for Child Development were told a princess was turning up and there was great excitement bordering on hysteria.

But in their minds there was surely only one royal about this Christmas and she is the doe-eyed white haired Elsa of Arendelle in flowing icicle-encrusted blue gown and the power to bring about an eternal winter as they had first-hand seen and sung — over-and-over-and-over- in Disney’s blockbuster flick Frozen.

The Duchess of Cambridge and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCraygreet guests at Northside Center for Child Development. Pic: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
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But such was Kate’s equally powerful poise, grace and regal magical qualities she quickly won over the hordes of children and delighted the hundreds of adults who came to see the real-life princess albeit not Elsa in action.

“When they heard she was coming they thought it was Elsa; we said a princess and they got a princess and the children were thrilled,” the centre’s Rose Ann Harris enthused this week.

She wasn’t the only one. In arguably one of the bleakest weeks for the United States the duchess together with Prince William took America by storm in a whirlwind trip as keenly anticipated and attracting as much attention not seen since the days of Princess Diana two decades earlier.

Prince William and Kate take a tour of the lobby of One World Trade Center after a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Pic: AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton
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It was only a few years ago some American press, notably the glossy magazines, were inventing stories of the royal couple such was their and their readers’ ignorance of the pair which they had invariably claimed in front cover splashes had split up, had suffered an “agonising” miscarriage (complete with a front cover photograph of Kate apparently wiping away tears), had quit the royal family to pursue love and had such a falling out with the Queen they both vowed to never take the throne.

This time around, there was more educated coverage preceding and during their visit and exactly what they represent and want to achieve through their roles.

And this trip’s press coverage was gushing and informed in their praise of the beautiful couple doing what they do best.

Kate shakes hands with Hillary Rodham Clinton while attending a reception with Prince William co-hosted by the Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation in New York. Pic: AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
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No controversy, no negativity no awkward moments that perhaps are more common with their parents and grandparents and a 10-engagement tour the palace is marking as a success.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed their first visit to New York and Washington immensely,” a palace spokesman told News Corp Australia. “They were touched by the warm welcome they received from everyone they met and were grateful to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on issues that are close to both their hearts, notably the illegal wildlife trade and the support for young people.”

Kate and Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City, receive flowers from Andrew, 5, left, and Mila, 6, before leaving the Northside Center for Childhood Development. Pic: AP Photo/Seth Wenig
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Perhaps it was the tone, purpose and venues chosen; it was the first visit by either of the royal highnesses to both New York and Washington DC in any capacity with their last Stateside visit being to California in 2011.

That trip too was hailed a success but was all a bit glitz and glamour with Hollywood star greetings and polo matches dominating.

This time there were visits to charitable groups to pursue initiatives the royal couple support in conservation, youth development, mental health, the disadvantaged and the creative sector.

Prince William holds an umbrella for his wife as she lays a wreath during a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Pic: AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
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While the 32-year-old Kate spent the day with some of New York’s poorest children, Prince William was over in Washington having an audience with President Obama in the White House before the prince gave an impassioned speech at the World Bank denouncing the “insidious” illegal wildlife trade in things like ivory and other parts of endangered animals.

Royal observers noted it was one of the prince’s more powerful speeches, at which he announced a global task force to work with transport industries to cut off trafficking routes.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Prince William in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Pic: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
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It was as forceful a message as his mother Lady Diana had delivered after she visited the White House in 1997 to talk about eradicating the scourge of landmines.

Indeed there were shades of Diana too in Kate’s visit to Harlem, where Diana had also visited to pursue her Aids causes 25 years earlier.

The couple also visited a New York youth organisation where they watched a performance by a reformed criminal.

William and Kate, who is nearly five months pregnant and was followed on her tour by an ambulance just in case, also hosted a lavish evening where 15 wealthy couple were charged $50,000 each to attend for the privilege with proceeds going to various charities.

Prince William and Kate depart from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Pic: AP Photo/John Minchillo
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The event was hosted by advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell and his wife at their mid-town Manhattan apartment. The couple also attended a basketball game where they met the game’s royalty, LeBron James, one of the best players in the world known affectionately as King James, as well as popsters Jay Z and Beyonce.

The royal tour concluded with a visit to the memorial at the former World Trade Centre dedicated to the those who died following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Prince William and Kate watch former Houston Rockets player Dikembe Mutombo joke with Cleveland Cavaliers’ Brendan Haywood during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets. Pic: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
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Ironically that visit came about the time of huge publicity on a damning report by the US Congress which revealed in grim detail the CIA’s interrogation regimes during the War on Terror.

The saturation of negative publicity in the US preceding the report’s release, including US embassies about the world forced to high alert for fear of fallout, was only tempered by the positive royal visit.

It was New York own fairytale, albeit brief, but re-educated misgivings and confusions, even to Disney characters, and reaffirmed the maturity and future of the royal couple in the wider realm.

Kate Middleton Crying Over Queen Elizabeth’s Decision To Bypass Prince …

Prince William’s wife and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has a slew of royal duties – and at the top of the list is maintaining appearances with a smiling face. After receiving a lengthy list of do’s and don’ts from Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton headed to New York City for a well-publicized whirlwind tour of the Big Apple, with a permanent smile on her face (aside from the eye-rolling debacle). What the world didn’t realize is behind the smile of pregnant Princess Kate Middleton while she was in New York City, was a devastated wife and mother-to-be who had to fight back tears at times.

According to the December 22nd edition of GLOBE Magazine, “Kate is guilt-ridden over her husband’s decision not to take over the Throne from ailing Queen Elizabeth, who wants William to be Britain’s next monarch. But William rejected Elizabeth’s pleas, opening the way for his father, Prince Charles, and evil stepmom Camilla Parker-Bowles to become the next King and Queen. William told Kate he wants to focus on her and their growing family for a few years and stay away from the pressure cooker of royal life. Now, Kate blames herself for the royal crisis.”

It’s no secret that the people of England were banking on the fact that Queen Elizabeth would bypass Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles and hand the royal reigns over to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Not only does Kate feel horrible that she and William have let down the entire country, but she feels just as guilty that they are not fulfilling Elizabeth’s final wish which was to ascend the throne. According to GLOBE, Kate is clinging to the hope that William will change his mind before it is too late, and Charles and Camilla have officially taken over the monarchy

So, were you shocked when news broke that Prince William had turned down the Throne? Do you think Kate should blame herself, or is she being overly emotional because of her pregnancy? What are the odds that Prince William will change his mind before Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles become King and Queen of England? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Update: Don’t mistake Kate Middleton for a hood rat just because she is wearing a hoodie December 16 as she visited the Beaver Scouts in sweats!

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