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Health Secretary Matt Hancock was left slightly red-faced as his elbow bump was shunned by Prince Charles – just a day after he was allegedly branded "f*****g hopeless" by the prime minister.

Footage captures the moment Mr Hancock reaches out to greet the Duke of Cornwall with a Covid-safe elbow bump.

But the 72-year-old shuns him, offering his usual 'namaste' salute instead.

The odd moment ended in an awkward little dance between the two before Charles waves the health secretary away before saying he felt like he was doing the "hookey cokey".

The blunder came as the two visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, escorted by Pippa Nightingale, Chief Nurse of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The Duke of Cornwall ignored the Health Secretary's attempt to reach out
(Image: Getty Images)

The cringe video comes just a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's former aide Dominic Cummings released bombshell WhatsApp messages purporting to be from the Tory leader.

The cache of WhatsApps from the Prime Minister were published by the former colleague-turned-arch enemy on Wednesday and were almost exclusively about Mr Hancock.

The ex-No10 aide released text exchanges with Mr Johnson, in which the the Tory leader described Mr Hancock as "totally f*****g useless", and mulled replacing him with Michael Gove.

Downing Street did not dispute the authenticity of the messages, or most of the claims made by Mr Johnson's former chief aide, but insisted the Prime Minister has full confidence in Mr Hancock.

This is the awkward moment Matt Hancock is snubbed by Prince Charles
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Prince Charles ignored the elbow bump and offered his 'namaste' welcome instead
(Image: REUTERS)

The PM's spokesman did not deny the WhatsApp exchanges are genuine when asked by journalists and instead said: "Our focus is not examining those specific images but delivering on the public's priorities.

"I don't plan to get into the detail of what's been published."

Asked if the Prime Minister called Mr Hancock hopeless, the spokesman said: "I'm not planning to engage with every allegation put forward, the Prime Minister worked very closely with the health and care secretary throughout and continues to do so."

Responding to a barked question through his open car window, asking if he was "hopeless", Mr Hancock said: "I don't think so."

Mr Cummings said he released the messages to expose the actions and behaviour of senior Downing Street figures at crucial points in the early pandemic response – because, he said, their failures resulted in unnecessary deaths.