The Duchess of Sussex’s comments drew the ire of the former South African president’s grandson
After Meghan Markle’s royal wedding was compared to celebrations over Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, her grandson lashed out at Meghan.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Zwelivelile Mandela, a South African MP, said he was surprised by Markle’s remarks. On Monday, the Duchess of Sussex told The Cut magazine that during the 2019 premiere of ‘The Lion King’, a South African member of the cast claimed that her wedding with Prince Harry made South Africans “Rejoice in the street, just as we did when Mandela was released from prison.”
Mandela’s grandson, however, believes that such comparisons play down the sacrifice of his grandfather and other figures that fought against apartheid, a policy of segregation and discrimination against the nonwhite majority, which existed in South Africa from 1948 to the early 1990s.
“Madiba’s celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa. This cannot be taken as the same.,” Mandela’s grandson said, referring to the clan name of the former South African leader.
According to Zwelivelile, when South Africans celebrated his grandfather’s release from prison, where he had spent 27 years, and danced in the streets, the jubilance was much more warranted than the joy over Markle’s marriage to “A white prince.”
“Even today, we still bear the scars from the past. But [Mandela’s celebrations]They were the result of the mass of our people getting out on the streets to exercise their rights of voting.,” he said, adding that even now, “There are many people who would like to become Nelson Mandela.”
According to the Times, Zwelivelile advised the Duchess of Sussex “She will do anything to improve the lives of people all over England and the United Kingdom..”
“Because of her personality, Madiba’s causes are something she could do great things for the international community..”
Meghan Markle, former star of TV series ‘Suits’, married Prince Harry in 2018. The couple’s lavish royal wedding was widely covered by Western media and attended by many high-profile figures. A number of controversies have surrounded them since, the most notable being their decision to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family, which reportedly led to a major rift between the couple and Buckingham Palace.
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