British royals boo at Boston basketball game
The Prince and Princess of Wales of the United Kingdom were booed while attending a basketball game in Boston at the end of the first day of their visit to the United States.
Kate and William performed the national anthem The Star Spangled Banner before the NBA game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.
However, boos could be heard around the arena when they were introduced by a stadium announcer and shown on the big screen.
Other fans in the crowd could be heard loudly cheering “USA, USA” as the prince and princess appeared on the screens in the center of the court.
The name Boston Celtics was inspired by the Original Celtics, a well-known basketball team that had been created by Irish immigrants in New York in the early 20th century, before folding in 1930.
The three-day trip to Boston has been overshadowed by the growing race row engulfing the future king’s godmother, which has left the British monarchy accused of being institutionally racist.
Lady Susan Hussey has resigned from her role in the royal household and apologized yesterday.
During a reception at Buckingham Palace, she had repeatedly questioned the head of a prominent black British domestic abuse charity about where she “really” came from.
The prince is understood to agree it was right for Mrs Hussey to step down from her honorary role as one of the three ladies of the household.
A Kensington Palace spokesman told US reporters ahead of the three-day trip to Boston: “Racism has no place in our society.”
At the start of last night’s basketball game, the prince and princess were seen watching intently as the Celtics took an early lead.
They were seated next to Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey, Celtics legend Thomas “Satch” Sanders and the team’s two principal owners and their wives.
After the second quarter with the game tied at 47, William and Kate all watched as the Celtics honored their longstanding tradition of recognizing a “Hero Among Us,” announcing individuals working to positively impact the community.
Ollie Perrault, a 15-year-old climate activist who is now the founder and director of Youth Climate Action Now, met the royal couple after being applauded by the local crowd for her work as a leading member of the Youth Climate Leadership Program since was 11.
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