Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Met Nelson Mandela's Granddaughter

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Met Nelson Mandela's Granddaughter

Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela welcomed Harry and Meghan to the Southbank Centre in London, where the couple were escorted on a tour of the collection of artefacts, photographs and films celebrating the life of the anti-apartheid campaigner.

On the decision to stage the exhibition in the capital, the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, said: "London was both South Africa's colonial metropole and the headquarters of the global anti-apartheid struggle".

The couple also met 92-year-old Andrew Mlangeni, a close friend of Mandela's who was sentenced to life in prison on Robben Island at the Rivonia Trial.

Let in on the secret, prison guard Christo Brand is said to have initially refused to allow Mr Mandela to see his grandchild - but eventually gave in, despite fearing he might lose his job.

The pair watched a performance by the Ubunye Choir, comprised of people from the South African diaspora.

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Prince Harry visited Mandela's cell on the island during a 2015 trip to South Africa. The project was a collaboration between the Apartheid Museum in South Africa, the British Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives and the Southbank Centre.

There he met with Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, and spoke of the work being done at the Centre, saying: "These organizations, which include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, are empowering the next generation of engaged South African citizens".

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped out together in London on Tuesday, marking their first public appearance since Markle's father claimed his daughter looked "terrified" to be a royal.

"So we thought it would be very, very fitting for them to be at the launch and we're thrilled they accepted".

Mandela, who died in 2013 at 95, helped South Africa do away with a white minority rule and break racial segregation.

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