LONDON -– Last month, LeBron James caused a minor stir when breaching some traditional etiquette when meeting Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in Brooklyn when the future king and queen of the United Kingdom came to see the Nets face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Carmelo Anthony, however, breezed through his royal hookup Wednesday when hanging with William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, at a reception at St. James’s Palace.
Invited to help present awards for a coaching program sponsored through a partnership between the NBA and the Royal Foundation, the Knicks forward presented the fourth-in-line to the British throne with a size 15 shoe and a Knicks jersey with Harry’s official surname, Wales, emblazoned on the back.
For once, Melo confessed to being a little starstruck over his encounter with the man considered to be among Europe’s most eligible bachelors, even though they shared a few laughs during the ceremony.
“It was an honor,” said Anthony. “You just don’t know what to expect. For me, walking into the room together, and the kids just laughing and joking, and he’s laughing and joking, just a warm welcome from him to me, it was an honor.
“I never thought I would meet a prince. It’s royalty. You can feel it when you come over. So for me to come over and be right there, you feel that energy, that vibe. You get that royal feeling.”
His Royal Highness did get a personal invite to Thursday’s Knicks-Bucks game at the nearby O2 Arena. The 30-year-old prince, despite having the necessary fan apparel, has not yet decided if he will take up a reserved courtside seat.
“He said he wants to,” Anthony said. “He would try. But I understand he’s a busy man.”