18 Embarrassing Slip-Ups of World Leaders

17. Prince Philip in Australia

On March 8th 2013 various dignitaries and leaders travelled to Caracas, Venezuela to attend the funeral of President Hugo Chavez. Iran’s then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the attendees, having been relatively good friends with the Venezuelan leader. At the funeral a picture was taken of Iran’s leader having an emotional moment with Chavez’s mother, Elena Frias. For most people, the moment was genuine and touching. For the conservative Islamic clerics in Iran, however, the physical contact between the two was unacceptable because they believe that a man should not touch a woman who is unrelated unless it is during some sort of emergency situation. It probably also didn’t help that during the same funeral Ahmadinejad eulogized that Chavez would rise with Jesus Christ and Al-Imam al-Mahdi.
17. Prince Philip in Australia