The Telegraph, an often regular for Iran-bashing, lunched its assault on Iran and Mr. Zadeh. Even though they finally reported in their 8th paragraph that the Duchess knew of this before hand. They released the Palace answer to the whole thing, "The Duchess was informed in advance and was happy to accept his wishes. She considered it an honour to present the medals."
Starting with their headline, "Duchess of Cambridge "snubbed", which they later changed after even the British press took note of their inconsistency. Another newspaper, by the same name, The Telegraph, a conservative Australian newspaper even started their story with, "The Duchess of Cambridge was apparently snubbed in front of a global audience of millions when an Iranian athlete refused to shake her hand for cultural reasons.
The British Telegraph, meanwhile had this cover photo with what looks like a surprised Kate Middleton walking away, "snubbed" and a British player going for a hand over his face as in shock and astonishment.
In 2007 relations reached a nadir when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured 15 Royal Navy personnel off the Iran-Iraq coast and held them for 13 days.
The Islamic Republic has found itself on the defensive in the past week on its home territory as it hosted the 120-state Non-Aligned Movement conference. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, denounced the regime for its persistent threats to destroy Israel and Holocaust denial, and called on Ayatollahs to co-operate fully with the UN over its nuclear programme.
Yesterday the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called on the international community to get tougher against Iran, saying that without a "clear red line," Tehran will not halt its nuclear programme.
"Until Iran sees this clear red line and this determination, it will not stop its advancement of the Iranian nuclear programme. Iran must not have a nuclear weapon," he declared.
Unfortunately, stories like these are put out to create an image of an Iran and its people as simply radicals and simply too different from us to work with.
In reality when one looks at the REAL facts, it does not look like a "snub" or disrespect, or even something that a "global audience of millions" would interpret as something with evil intentions.
Have a look at the video that The Telegraph did not provide and be the judge for yourselves: