Hollywood star Tom Cruise last night proved to be the perfect gentleman when offered his hand Kate Middleton to help her climb a small step at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

While his gesture was undoubtedly chivalrous, tactile with members royal family it’s always a painful question.

According to the royal family’s website, “there are no mandatory codes of conduct” at the meeting The Queen or a member of the royal family, but there is an unwritten rule that you should not go beyond a handshake.

However, American stars can not refrain from a more restrained greeting in the presence of the royal family, as demonstrated by Tom at yesterday’s party.

He follows in the footsteps of Americans who raised their eyebrows because they are touching, including Michelle Obama, who famously hugged the Queen, and LeBron James, who did the same with Kate Middleton.

Hollywood writer Tom Cruise (pictured right) raised his eyebrows last night at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in London when he took the hand of Kate Middleton (pictured left)

Another tactile moment between the American and a member of the royal family occurred in 2014, when Prince William and Kate Middleton (pictured center) met in New York with American basketball player LeBron James (pictured right), who hugged the Duchess by the shoulder .

Another tactile moment between the American and a member of the royal family occurred in 2014, when Prince William and Kate Middleton (pictured center) met in New York with American basketball player LeBron James (pictured right), who hugged the Duchess by the shoulder .

One of the most shameful examples of Americans being hostile to the British royal family came in 2009 when First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured left) hugged the Queen's arm (pictured right)

One of the most shameful examples of Americans being hostile to the British royal family came in 2009 when First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured left) hugged the Queen’s arm (pictured right)

Among the most famous tactile moments occurred during the meeting of the Queen and then First Lady Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace.

Obama visited Her Majesty in April 2009 when she hugged the monarch, who reciprocated, and hugged the First Lady.

Although the incident raised eyebrows at the time, reflecting on the interaction 10 years later, during a promotional event in London in 2019 for her memoir Michelle Obama said it was a “natural human reaction”.

“What’s true among world leaders is that there are people who run the protocol, and usually the people they represent don’t want that protocol.

President Trump broke protocol, appeared to pat the queen on the shoulder when she got up to toast to him

President Trump broke protocol, appeared to pat the queen on the shoulder when she got up to toast to him

– So you are wondering, for whom are you doing this? Because they don’t want it, we don’t want it.

“But it’s just that. So I don’t know I could have done anything else because it was a natural human reaction ”.

Her husband’s successor in the White House, Donald Trump, later raised his eyebrows, appearing to pat the Queen on the shoulder as she stood to toast to him during a state banquet in June 2019.

When the monarch rose with a glass of sparkling English wine Windsor Great Park, the president reached out his left hand and put it over his right shoulder as if to stroke it.

Although the term “protocol” is used very much, it is considered a very bad form to touch Her Majesty in such a formal setting. The queen did not react and continued to play the gracious hostess.

Actor Tom Cruise has shown how American celebrities can feel more comfortable when it comes to the British royal family by holding Kate Middleton's hand at last night's premiere of Top Gun: Maverick

Actor Tom Cruise has shown how American celebrities can feel more comfortable when it comes to the British royal family by holding Kate Middleton’s hand at last night’s premiere of Top Gun: Maverick

When the Queen met Michelle Obama in 2009 and then the First Lady hugged her arm, the monarch reciprocated

When the Queen met Michelle Obama in 2009 and then the First Lady hugged her arm, the monarch reciprocated

She added that the monarch called the royal protocol “garbage” during a later visit to Windsor Castle.

Another notable moment occurred in 2014 when Kate Middleton and Prince William met in New York with Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player LeBron James after a game with the Brooklyn Nets.

As the trio posed for a photo, the athlete hugged the Duchess, raising his eyebrows in a moment that attracted a lot of attention.

In an interview with MailOnline about the tactile moment, etiquette expert William Hanson said: “While I’m sure the Duchess of Cambridge won’t worry about it, Mr James shouldn’t have hugged her arm.”

“Americans are much more tactile than we British, and this is another example of the fact that the American is too touching to the British royal family. One would have thought that they had already learned.

However, Cambridge doesn’t seem to be bothered by this moment, and they’ve been seen laughing and joking with LeBron throughout the interaction.

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