Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter launched a scathing attack on Harry and Meghan today, accusing them of ‘stealing’ the politician’s words and using his name to ‘make millions’.
Ndileka Mandela, 57, criticized the Sussexes over Netflix documentary Live to Lead, where the couple use footage of the anti-apartheid campaigner’s release from prison in the 1990s.
‘It was inspired by Nelson Mandela’, says Harry in the trailer for his latest film, part of his $100 million (£83 million) deal with the streaming giant.
Ndileka said she was angered that the couple compared their battle in the royal family to her grandfather’s long journey to freedom, calling it ‘disturbing and exhausting’.
He said: ‘That’s chalk and cheese, there’s no comparison. I know the Nelson Mandela Foundation has supported the initiative, but people have stolen Grandfather’s quotes over the years and used his legacy because they know his name sells – Harry and Meghan are no different. ‘
Harry says in the trailer for his latest film, part of his $100 million (£83 million) deal with the streaming giant: ‘It was inspired by Nelson Mandela’
Ndileka Mandela (left), pictured in London last month with sister Nandi Mandela (right) and their son Luvuyo Madasa, has hit out at the Sussexes for using their family name
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela, on the last day of their tour of Africa in 2019
She said in an interview with The Australian newspaper: ‘I admire Harry for having the confidence to break away from an institution as prestigious as the Royal Family. Dadaji rebels against an arranged marriage to find his own path in life.
‘But it comes at a cost, then you have to fund your life, I’ve made peace with people using Grandpa’s name but it’s still very annoying and tiring whenever this happens.’
In the trailer for Live to Lead, co-produced by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Harry quotes Mandela and says: ‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived’.
Meghan then appears on screen and ends the quote: ‘It is the difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the significance of our lives’.
The couple were both executive producers, according to the credits, and introduce each episode by talking over the opening credits.
Ndileka has said that she does not believe that Harry had properly met his grandfather.
And with the Duke’s book Spare Out due next week, Ndleka warned: ‘Harry needs to be authentic and stick to his story, what does Grandfather’s life have to do with that?
‘I don’t believe he and Megan have ever met grandpa properly, maybe when Harry was young at Buckingham Palace, but they use quotes from him in the documentary to charm people and make millions without benefiting the Mandela family Are doing for ‘.
MailOnline has asked a spokesman for the Sussexes for comment.
This is not the couple’s first run-in with Mandela. Questions were raised in August over the Duchess of Sussex’s suggestion that her wedding to Prince Harry sparked a joyous celebration in South Africa.
Megan, 41, told a US magazine that a South African actor told her that their country was ‘rejoicing in the streets like we did when [Nelson] Mandela was released from prison’.
The interview with Meghan sparked anger in South Africa, where Mr Mandela’s grandson said his release from prison should not be compared to a royal wedding.
South African President Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana at Mandela’s home on March 17, 1997 in Cape Town, South Africa
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, fist bump on their release from Victor Prison, Cape Town, this Sunday, February 11, 1990
Excerpt from Meghan’s interview in The Cut on Mandela and their wedding day
He [Meghan] Take a look back at a moment from the 2019 London premiere of the live-action version of The Lion King. ‘I only had Archie. It was such a brutal chapter. I was scared to go out. A cast member from South Africa pulled her aside. ‘He looked at me, and he’s like light. He said, “I just need you to know this: when you married into this family, we cheered in the streets the same way Mandela was released from prison.” ,
Of course, she knows she’s not Mandela, but maybe even telling me this story is a way of defense, because if you’re the epitome of all that is good and charitable, how can anyone find you objectionable, how can anyone hate you? Is?
Zwelivelile Mandela said: ‘Madiba’s [Mandela’s] The celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism in South Africa with 60 years of brutal apartheid rule. That’s why it cannot be equaled.
The hashtag VoetsekMeghan started trending on social media. Voetsek is an offensive Afrikaans word meaning ‘go away’ or ‘get lost’.
Meghan insisted the encounter took place while attending the London premiere of the live-action version of The Lion King in 2019.
But an actor who says he was the only South African cast member in the film told MailOnline he was ‘astonished’ as he had never met the duchess.
Dr John Kani said Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry was ‘no big deal’ in South Africa and could not be compared to the anti-apartheid campaigner’s historic release after 27 years in prison.
The former Royal Shakespeare Company actor told MailOnline: ‘She was a world phenomenon. Certainly Miss Meghan or whoever is marrying into royalty can by no means be spoken of in the same breath or in the same sentence at that moment.’
The duchess faced an international backlash over her interview with The Cut magazine in New York, in which she said she and Prince Harry were treated differently from other senior royals and were forced out of the UK.
She told the interviewer that she was spooked by a South African cast member at the 2019 premiere a year after her lavish royal wedding.
Meghan said the unnamed male actor told her: ‘I just needed you to know. When you married into this family, we celebrated on the streets like Mandela did when he was released from prison.’
Zwelivelele ‘Mandla’ Mandela told MailOnline he was ‘shocked’ at his comments in The Cut magazine when he claimed three years ago a cast member of Lion King told him ‘we’re just as happy on the streets’ Like Mandela did when he was released. from jail
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of The Lion King at The Odeon Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London
Dr Kani, 79, said he was the only South African performer in the film, and did not attend the London premiere.
He added that the only other South African included was Lebo M, a musician who was not in the cast.
He said: ‘I’ve never met Meghan Markle. It seems like some wrong money made by him.
‘I’m the only South African member of the cast and I didn’t attend the premiere in London… It could just be a mistaken memory on his part.’
Dr. Kani, who voiced the monkey showman Rafiki in the film, said he was in Hollywood when the film started in the US and then had to travel to Paris to shoot another film, so attended the London premiere. were unable to take
The actor, a friend of Mr Mandela, said the moment the anti-apartheid campaigner was released from prison could not be compared to a royal wedding.
He said: ‘It lives on forever in our memories for the world. It’s kind of like “where were you when JFK was shot… where were you when Nelson Mandela was released”?
‘You can’t really say where you were when Meghan married Harry. I’m confused about this. He is an important person in her life.
‘Now I can’t even tell you what month or what year he got married.’
Dr Kani said he was ‘really surprised’ about Meghan’s encounter with a South African actor at the London premiere.
He told MailOnline: ‘It baffles me. I am the only South African in the cast. I play Rafiki, Seth Rogen plays Pumbaa, Donald Glover plays Simba and Beyonce plays Nala.’
He added: ‘I’m really surprised by this. For me it is a non-event, the whole thing.’