A viral video made its rounds on social media Thursday, which showed Prince Charles appear to snub Vice President Mike Pence as he stopped to shake hands with other world leaders at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. The video was posted by radio journalist Darren Lethem.
I’m sure Prince Charles just snubbed Mike Pence. Titter
— Darren Lethem (@DarrenLethem) January 23, 2020
But Pence’s press secretary Katie Waldman rushed to clarify that the heir-to-the-British throne had not ignored the vice president, USA Today reported. She said in an email to USA Today that Pence and his wife, Karen, spoke with Charles backstage at the forum.
“Vice President Pence and the Second Lady spoke with Prince Charles for five minutes in the pre-program before they entered the hall,” Waldman said in the email. “Also they shook hands at the end of his remarks.”
Waldman also denied any snub in a tweet. “This is not true. VP and Prince Charles spoke prior to entering the event floor and after his remarks as well.”
— Katie Waldman (@VPPressSec) January 23, 2020
During the forum, Prince Charles gave a speech at which he reminded the audience of the horrors of the Holocaust, USA Today reported. This year’s World Holocaust Forum commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of former World War II concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
“Almost a lifetime has passed since the horror of the Holocaust unfolded on the European continent and those who bore witness to it are sadly ever fewer,” Prince Charles said. “We must commit ourselves to ensuring that their stories live on to be known and understood by each successive generation.”
Prior to Charles’ encounter with Pence, the royal family has faced other awkward moments in their interactions with President Trump and members of his family and administration.
In December, Princess Anne created a viral moment when it looked like she had snubbed the president and First Lady Melania Trump as they stood in the receiving line for Queen Elizabeth at a Buckingham Palace reception for NATO leaders. People wondered if Anne was trying to avoid greeting the first couple when she laughed and shrugged after the queen looked at her after shaking Trump’s hand.
In another viral moment at the same reception — which sparked a diplomatic incident — Anne can be seen standing in a circle with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The three leaders were caught on a hot mic laughing at Trump’s tendency to stage lengthy press conferences.
Trump felt insulted by being ridiculed by Trudeau and the others, called the Canadian prime minister “two-faced” and cut short his attendance at the summit.
Back in June, the royal family hosted Trump and his family for a state visit, right after Trump called Meghan Markle “nasty” in an interview with The Sun. The president had become aware that the U.S.-born former TV actress had called him “divisive” and “misogynistic” during a 2016 interview she gave prior to meeting Prince Harry.
When Trump visited Buckingham Palace for lunch, the Duchess of Sussex was conveniently absent — with the excuse that she had given birth to her son Archie the month before.
During an awkward moment, Harry appeared to try being photographed with Ivanka Trump. He “noticeably hung back” when the queen led the group into the palace’s picture gallery. Harry entered the gallery with Ivanka Trump, though he then “drifted off” to talk to someone else, according to royal reporter Emily Andrews.