On Thursday during a holocaust remembrance event at the Auschwitz memorial in Jerusalem, Prince Charles appears to have snubbed Mike Pence by avoiding shaking his hand. After ignoring Pence, Prince Charles smiled happily and greeted Vladimir Putin.
A video clip that has gone viral on social media shows Prince Charles happily greeting officials as he walked along a row of chairs. He stopped to shake hands with the leaders. However, when he reached Pence he looked him directly in the eye for a moment. When the Prince of Wales reached Pence the vice president extended his hand and Prince Charles moved past him without returning the gesture. Prince Charles then stopped to greet and shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was standing right beside Pence.
Buckingham Palace and the White House have already spoken out and claimed that it was in no way a snub adding that the two had shaken hands before the event.
The video clip shows Prince Charles speaking first to German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he then moves on to shake hands with Moshe Kantor, who is the founder of the World Holocaust Forum which hosted the event. He then looks at Pence and walks by his extended hand. He then greets and shakes hands with Netanyahu and the Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin.
The White House and Buckingham Palace’s denials that it was not a snub do not hold as much weight as Mike Pence’s expression does as Prince Charles does not greet him.
Once past Pence and after greeting Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin, Prince Charles then sat down beside Macron.
The event was held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
During the event, Prince Charles told those in attendance that the stories of the Holocaust belonged to “many of those in the hall and Jewish people across the globe.”
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He then added: ‘But we must never forget that they are also our story: a story of incomprehensible inhumanity, from which all humanity can and must learn. For that an evil cannot be described does not mean that it cannot be defeated. That it cannot be fully understood does not mean that it cannot be overcome.”