Prince Charles appeared to avoid shaking hands with US Vice President Mike Pence at an Auschwitz memorial event in Jerusalem today. Pence, frankly, looks crushed by the snub as Charles made his way to his seat between Russia's Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron.
In response to the speculation online, Pence's press secretary Katie Waldman has denied the snub claim.
Waldman tweeted a video backstage at the event in Jerusalem, which showed a conversation between Pence, Charles, and Second Lady Karen 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", said a statement from the office of the Prince of Wales said.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
Still, Charles and the Vice President are on opposing sides when it comes to environmental issues, a topic the prince has been passionate about for decades, while Pence is known to have a track record of voting against environmental interests. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 17, gave two impassioned speeches following Trump's, in which she implored world leaders and business leaders to stop using fossil fuels and recognize that climate change will destroy the world their children are forced to grow up in. "We must therefore commit ourselves to ensuring that their stories live on."House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also attending the conference, along with member of Congress, including Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.Germany also participated in the event."The industrial mass murder of 6 million Jews. was committed by my countrymen" German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said". He's unstoppable, like someone else I know."It is unclear what Pence and Netanyahu were discussing or the context of the remarks captured on the microphone".