Prince Harry and Meghan visit Mandela exhibition in London Southbank Centre

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met Nelson Mandela’s grand-daughter  Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela at the opening of an exhibition charting his life and career today.

The exhibition has been shown in various forms around the world, including six weeks at the Paris Town Hall in 2013.

They royal couple were invited to the ceremony in honour of the centenary celebration of Madiba because of the prince’s charity work in South Africa.

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“It was here that Mandela’s close comrade Oliver Tambo lived, led and directed the worldwide struggle, from military operations in southern Africa to diplomatic lobbying of the United Nations.

“We thought to commemorate Mandela’s centenary there should be an exhibition in London.

Nelson Mandela’s grand-daughter  said it was “an honour” for Harry and Meghan to visit the event at London’s Southbank Centre as she hailed the pair’s “support for justice and fairness”, calling them a “shining example” for young people.

Leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Hain, who is chairman of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, said: “London was the centre of the anti-apartheid struggle. It was here that Mandela’s close comrade Oliver Tambo lived, led and directed the worldwide struggle, from military operations in southern Africa to diplomatic lobbying of the United Nations. We thought to commemorate Mandela’s centenary there should be an exhibition in London.”

Harry and Meghan enjoyed the glorious sunshine as they arrived on Tuesday, with the politics and achievements of the South African revolutionary holding special significance for both of them.

The duchess describes Mr Mandela – who died in December 2013 at the age of 95 – as one of her heroes, and the Royal Family had a close relationship with the former president.

Zindzi Mandela said that her father built up a firm friendship with the Queen, to the point that he called her Lizzie.

Prince Harry and Meghan visit Mandela exhibition in London Southbank Centre

According to Lord Hain, the work was curated by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Duke and Duchess were invited because of Prince Harry’s charity work in southern Africa.

In 2008, Prince Harry visited the cell on Robben Island where Mr Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years and also met Mandela’s widow Graça Machel in 2015

 

 

Back In 2008, Prince Harry visited the cell on Robben Island where Mr Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years and also met Mandela’s widow Graça Machel in 2015.

Also in attendance at the event’s launch were Baroness Lawrence and Andrew Mlangeni – a former inmate of Mr Mandela.

The 93-year-old joked he would not wash his hand for a month after meeting Meghan and Harry, who said they were “absolutely thrilled” to be invited to the event marking the former South African president’s life.

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