You can just imagine Kate and Wills’ security team having any number of coronaries this week. The paparazzi! The crowds! The very overfamiliar basketball player with his arm around Kate! (who, let’s be honest, did not look her most comfortable).
Not to mention their no-doubt weary press team: Beyoncé and Jay Z hosting the Cambridges at the Brooklyn Nets. Hillary Clinton larging it up at the British Consulate party. Wills posing in front of a pop art picture of his grandmother, The Queen.
This is not quite your average Royal tour. This is Kate and Wills doing America – and the Americans are making sure that it’s being done their way.
This is a country that has never had a Royal Family and they’re not beholden to our more old-fashioned traditions (wearing a shirt and tie to meet a Prince? Pah, Jay Z must have said).
So, farewell British stuffiness and hello New World celebrity madness.
Here at ELLE, we’ve got to admit that we rather like the new side of the couple that’s been brought out by this. Wills and Kate pictured in a rare public moment with their arms around each other like any other normal couple (we’re sure they’re like this in private), and Kate’s formal dresses replaced by more casual cuts.
Whatever is in store next, we’re hearting the modern Royal couple.
Let’s just hope they bring a little bit of Beyoncé magic back with them.