Date
12 December 2017
A local resident holds a cut-out of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the the Carlyle Hotel in New York on December 7. Photo: Reuters
A local resident holds a cut-out of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the the Carlyle Hotel in New York on December 7. Photo: Reuters

The Will and Kate roadshow

Since their wedding more than three years ago, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have been using every available opportunity to show that are cut from a different cloth from the usual British Royals. 

While William’s father, Prince Charles, is known to keep a personal staff of 150 to attend to all his needs, his son had caused some shock in the Royal Household by insisting that he doesn’t need such luxuries.

Supporting him in this endeavor was Kate, who anyway came from a humbler background and always tried to display a common touch.

This week, during a trip to the US, the Royal couple got another chance to show that they are just like the rest of us.    

Braving pouring rain and strong wind, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge each held their own black umbrella as they walked from their motorcade to the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, Associated Press reported.

At the museum, they signed an electronic tablet for visitors by writing simply “William” and “Catherine” — minus any title.

Earlier, heading for a White House meeting with President Barack Obama, William took a commercial flight from New York, rather than a chartered private jet.

The royals also flew commercial to New York from London on Sunday, and they’re expected to do the same on their return trip, AP noted.

On Monday, the couple watched a basketball game from courtside seats, surrounded by New York sports fans.

And Kate merely smiled when star athlete LeBron James breached royal etiquette by wrapping his arm around the duchess after the game.

Sections of the British media went into a tizzy over LeBron’s action, but Kate indicated that it was no big deal.

Who said the Royals aren’t changing with the times?

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