Prince Harry, Meghan Markle meet Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela

Tuesday - 17/07/2018 15:42
MEGHAN Markle wore a classic pink trench as she and Prince Harry paid tribute to the late South African revolutionary at a London exhibition about his life.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela at an exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela in London. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela at an exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela in London. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

MEGHAN Markle met Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter as she and Prince Harry paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon at an exhibition dedicated to his incredible life.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked at artwork and met special guests including Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela at the Southbank Centre in central London overnight.

Meghan looked classic in a blush-pink sleeveless trench coat and matching heels.

Meghan and Harry meet Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela (right) at the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition in London. Pic: Getty Images
Meghan and Harry meet Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela (right) at the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition in London. Pic: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Ms Dlamini-Mandela, 39, a fashion designer and entrepreneur, shook hands and spoke with the Duchess, who looked radiant in a blush pink sleeveless jacket dress by House of Nonie teamed with matching nude court shoes.

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Harry wore a grey suit as he attended the free exhibition depicting the life of Mr Mandela — who met Princess Diana during a private visit to South Africa in 1997 just months before her tragic death.

Meghan meets Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela (in red, centre) during her visit to the exhibition. Picture: Arthur Edwards — WPA Pool/Getty Images
Meghan meets Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela (in red, centre) during her visit to the exhibition. Picture: Arthur Edwards — WPA Pool/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The exhibit, which opens to the public today, charts Mr Mandela’s career from activist to president through six themes — character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman.

It commemorates the hundredth year of his birth and is the first time the exhibition has been shown in the UK after successful runs around the world.

Harry and Meghan were due to meet guests including Thembi Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK and daughter of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, who was a close colleague of Mr Mandela.

The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition is at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Picture: James Whatling / MEGA
The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition is at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Picture: James Whatling / MEGASource:Mega

One of the items on display is a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990 — the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley concert held in his honour.

In it, he thanks the British public for their “overwhelming generosity”.

Other items include a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island and features annotations made by Mr Mandela and his contemporaries.

Lord Peter Hain, Chair of The Nelson Mandela Centenary Committee shows Harry and Meghan a pickaxe similar to the one used by Mandela on Robben Island. Picture: Getty
Lord Peter Hain, Chair of The Nelson Mandela Centenary Committee shows Harry and Meghan a pickaxe similar to the one used by Mandela on Robben Island. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who is chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, welcomed the royal support.

He said: “The Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, which is free to visitors from 17 July — 19 August, will depict the anti-apartheid freedom struggle and Mandela’s vision of a non-racial rainbow democracy based upon justice, equality and human rights.

Meghan looked classic in a pink trench coat and heels. Picture: James Whatling / MEGA
Meghan looked classic in a pink trench coat and heels. Picture: James Whatling / MEGASource:Mega

“We are delighted the duke and duchess will be supporting it.”

Prince Harry visited Mandela’s cell where he spent 18 years imprisoned by the apartheid regime on a 2015 trip to South Africa’s Robben Island.

He also toured the statesman’s offices and met his widow, Graca Machel, on the same trip.

February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie raise their fists in Paarl to salute cheering crowd upon Mandela's release from Victor Verster prison. Picture: AFP
February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie raise their fists in Paarl to salute cheering crowd upon Mandela's release from Victor Verster prison. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Also overnight, former US President Barack Obama paid tribute to Mandela in a speech to mark 100 years since the anti-apartheid icon’s birth.

Mr Obama opened his speech in South Africa by saying that “each day’s news cycle is bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines.”

While not directly mentioning his successor, US President Donald Trump, Mr Obama’s speech in South Africa countered many of Mr Trump’s policies, rallying people to keep alive the ideas that Mandela worked for including democracy, diversity and good education for all.

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