Wednesday 26 July 2017

This was more like an assault than a handshake

Gerry Adams was determined to exploit the meeting with Charles to the maximum, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Britain's Prince Charles met Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said (REUTERS/Brian Lawless)
Britain's Prince Charles met Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, the first time the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has met a senior member of the royal family, his Sinn Fein party said (REUTERS/Brian Lawless)
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Lasting 13 seconds, it was more an assault than a handshake. Think about it. How often have you ever shaken hands for more than a couple of seconds?

By the end of the encounter, tea had slopped into Prince Charles's saucer and continued pressure had made Gerry Adams's thumb as white as the part of Charles's hand he was still pressing as he continued talking at him in two languages.

"People keep telling me that they are sick to their stomachs from seeing Adams leaning in and grasping Charles's hand so tightly you could see his knuckles whiten," reported a Dublin friend.

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