Buckingham Palace denies Prince Charles snubbed Pence at Holocaust forum
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Buckingham Palace denies Prince Charles snubbed Pence at Holocaust forum

US vice president’s office also plays down incident after video appeared to show the British royal deliberately ignoring him

Britain's Prince Charles (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020. (Screen capture: Twitter)
Britain's Prince Charles (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Video widely shared on social media showed Britain’s Prince Charles appearing to snub US Vice President Mike Pence during Thursday’s World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

Both of their offices later denied there was any slight.

As he arrived for the event in Jerusalem, Charles shook hands with the event’s organizer, Moshe Kantor, then walked by Pence, looking him in the face, before continuing on to shake hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pence stood silently as the prince walked by and patted him on the arm.

The US vice president’s office played down the encounter, noting the two men had just met before entering the hall, and that they shook hands following Pence’s speech at the ceremony.

Buckingham Palace dismissed suggestions that Charles deliberately ignored Pence.

“Shortly before the Yad Vashem memorial event began, the prince and Vice President Pence had a warm and friendly chat, which is why they did not greet each other again in the room,” a statement from the office of the Prince of Wales said.

Pence and Prince Charles were among the keynote speakers at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, which was held in Israel and this year coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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