While relations between the Trump administration and the British royal household have been nearly totally cordial, you’ll see hypothesis about friction between the 2 events throughout each interplay.
During a June 2019 Trump go to to the UK, observers couldn’t cease speaking about Prince Harry’s supposed snub of the U.S. president. In December of the identical yr, individuals pointed to Princess Anne’s actions towards Trump at Buckingham Palace, suggesting one other snub.
When Prince Charles and Vice President Mike Pence each attended a World Holocaust Forum occasion on January 23, 2020, many noticed what they believed to be a snub of Pence by the Prince of Wales whereas greeting varied dignitaries and heads of state.
Though the video does present Prince Charles bypassing Pence in the primary room, a photograph and video from the Holocaust memorial occasion confirmed the 2 interacting in a respectful approach.
Prince Charles handed straight by the Pences on the discussion board
Going by the video, it’s clear Prince Charles observed Vice President Pence and his spouse earlier than neglecting to shake fingers with them. Moments earlier than, the prince was shaking fingers and talking with different dignitaries within the row.
Once that dialog concluded, Charles continued down the row and glanced at each Mrs. Pence and the vp, who stood subsequent to her. With a fast look at Mrs. Pence, the prince walked by her after which handed by the vp, who caught his hand out however didn’t obtain a handshake from Charles.
Charles then greeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seated to Pence’s left, instantly after. The prince continued to greet different dignitaries (together with French President Emmanuel Macron) additional down the row.
Despite the obvious snub, Pence’s press workplace and Buckingham Palace representatives each denied Charles ignored Pence on function. And the vp’s workplace launched video of the 2 interacting.
Pence’s press secretary launched footage of the VP and Charles
Soon after the video circulated on-line, social media customers started sharing it and commenting on the obvious snub with a variety of reactions. However, representatives for the royal household and Pence each pushed again in opposition to the characterization there was any snub.
Katie Waldman, Pence’s press secretary, launched a photograph of the 2 sharing fun at one other level throughout the occasion. Waldman described the rumor of snub as “not true.”
Reps for Buckingham Palace additionally sought to settle down any speak of a snub by the prince. In an announcement to the BBC, a royal household spokesperson denied any such sick intention on Charles’s half. The rep added that the prince and Pence had a “long and warm conversation” earlier than the ceremony started.
After releasing a pictures of Pence and the prince smiling collectively, the VP’s press store launched a video (with out sound) of the 2 talking to 1 one other for about 30 seconds.
In that interplay, Charles nods at Pence’s statements and greets Mrs. Pence. After saying a couple of phrases, the prince then turns away from the couple and speaks to somebody behind him.
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