No royal high five for Canada pre­mier

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

TORONTO: Blame it on jet lag or maybe a pre­co­cious knowl­edge that his great­grand­mother is Canada’s head of state but Bri­tain’s three-year-old Prince Ge­orge just wasn’t go­ing to be charmed by Canadian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

Land­ing in Canada on Satur­day on a week­long of­fi­cial visit with par­ents Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton, Ge­orge, hold­ing his fa­ther’s hand, ig­nored Trudeau when he squat­ted down to the tod­dler’s level to of­fer a high-five vari­a­tion, the low­five.

Trudeau then switched his palm for a high-five and sub­se­quently of­fered a hand­shake, both of which were seem­ingly re­buffed, cre­at­ing an awk­ward mo­ment on the air­port tar­mac in the western prov­ince of Bri­tish Columbia.

Cana­di­ans felt the princely snub acutely, ac­cus­tomed as they are to see­ing their young prime min­is­ter win over mil­lions of fans around the world and at­tain so­cial me­dia star sta­tus.

“My heart broke 15 times for Trudeau in this,” said a Twit­ter user with the han­dle OhAlex­aan­dra. “Justin Trudeau get­ting de­nied a high five by a tod­dler (even if it was the son of the prince) is a great anal­ogy for mod­ern global af­fairs,” said a Twit­ter user with the han­dle EmMcCon.

Ge­orge did shake hands with Barack Obama on his visit to Eng­land in April, when the prince was al­lowed to greet the US pres­i­dent dressed in natty py­ja­mas and a robe be­fore he went to bed.

Ge­orge and his year-old sis­ter, Princess Char­lotte, are in Canada for the first time but it is the sec­ond trip for their par­ents, who vis­ited in 2011.

On Sun­day, Wil­liam and Kate were to visit the Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices So­ci­ety of Bri­tish Columbia to meet staff and vol­un­teers who are help­ing re­cent mi­grants to the area. – Reuters

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