Prince Charles ‘snubs’ US Vice President Mike Pence as he walks past him while shaking officials’ hands in Israel – but warmly greets Vladimir Putin
- Prince Charles appeared to avoid shaking hands with Vice President Mike Pence
- Video clip of the Prince of Wales seemingly walk past Pence at Auschwitz event
- Despite Pence standing up to shake his hand, the Prince just carried on walking
- Charles then carried on to greet the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- Prince then warmly shook Vladimir Putin’s hand after taking his seat at the event
Prince Charles appeared to avoid shaking hands with US Vice President Mike Pence at an Auschwitz memorial event in Jerusalem today – but then smiled as he shook hands with Vladimir Putin.
A video clip of the Prince of Wales greeting officials in Israel showed him walk along the front row of seats, shaking hands with several dignitaries.
But when he came to Pence, the heir to the throne appeared to ‘snub’ the vice president and carry on walking.
Despite Pence standing up to shake his hand, the Prince merely looked him in the eye before moving on to shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sitting next to Pence.
The Prince of Wales approached Mike Pence at the event in Israel as he greeted dignitaries, but did not shake his had after looking him in the eye
Prince Charles appeared to ‘snub’ Vice President Mike Pence at an Auschwitz memorial event in Jerusalem today
The Prince did not appear to make an effort to approach Pence and his wife, Karen, as the VP then patted the Queen’s first son on the back as spoke to Netanyahu.
The apparent ‘snub’ came moments before Prince Charles warmly shook hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Once Charles walked past Pence, he then took his seat next to French President Emmanuel Macron and was introduced to the Russian leader.
The Prince greeted Putin with a handshake and a smile in a separate clip posted online.
After a friendly discussion with Netanyahu, Prince Charles then shook hands with Macron.
Charles had been meeting including world leaders at the event to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Charles reached across Emmanuel Macron to warmly greet Russian President Vladimir Putin just moments after walking past Mike Pence and not greeting him
Vice President’s press secretary, Katie Waldman, tweeted a photo she said was taken before guests entered the hall at the Auschwitz memorial event today, showing Prince Charles and Mike Pence sharing a joke
A Buckingham Palace official denied this was a snub, telling the BBC the prince and Mr Pence had a ‘long and warm conversation’ before the ceremony began.
Katie Waldman, the Vice President’s press secretary, also denied the prince had blacked Pence, saying the pair had spoken prior to the event and were pictured smiles and sharing a joke.
She tweeted alongside the photograph: ‘This is not true. VP and Prince Charles spoke prior to entering the event floor and after his remarks as well.’
Waldman added in a statement: ‘Vice President Pence and the Second Lady spoke with Prince Charles for five minutes in the pre-program before they entered the hall. Also they shook hands at the end of his remarks.’
Earlier at the memorial, Prince Charles told invited guests that the stories of the Holocaust belonged to many of those in the hall and Jewish people across the globe.
He 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.’