Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter accuses Harry and Meghan of ‘stealing his words to ‘make millions’

Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter today tore into Harry and Meghan, accusing them of ‘stealing’ the statesman’s lyrics and using his name to ‘make millions’.

Ndileka Mandela, 57, has slammed the Sussexes over the Netflix documentary Live To Lead, where the pair use footage of the anti-apartheid campaigner released from prison in 1990.

Harry says in the trailer for their latest film, part of their $100m (£83m) deal with the streaming giant: “It was inspired by Nelson Mandela.”

Ndileka said she was angry that the couple seemed to compare their own battles in the royal family with her grandfather’s long walk to freedom, calling it “upsetting and tedious”.

She said: ‘It’s chalk and cheese, there’s no comparison. I know the Nelson Mandela Foundation supported the initiative but people have been stealing grandfather’s quotes for years and using his legacy because they know his name sells – Harry and Meghan are no different of them.

Harry says in the trailer for their latest film, as part of their $100m (£83m) deal with the streaming giant:

Harry says in the trailer for their latest film, part of their $100m (£83m) deal with the streaming giant: ‘It was inspired by Nelson Mandela’

Ndileka Mandela (left), pictured with her sister Nandi Mandela (right) and son Luvuyo Madasa in London last month, has hammered the Sussexes for their use of their surname

Ndileka Mandela (left), pictured with her sister Nandi Mandela (right) and son Luvuyo Madasa in London last month, has hammered the Sussexes for their use of their surname

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela, on the last day of their 2019 Africa tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela, on the last day of their 2019 Africa tour

She added in an interview with the Australian newspaper: “I admire Harry for having had the confidence to break with an institution as emblematic as the royal family”. Grandfather rebelled against an arranged marriage to find his own way in life.

“But it comes at a price, you then have to fund your own life, I’ve made peace with people using Grandpa’s name but it’s still deeply upsetting and tedious every time it happens.”

In the Live To Lead trailer, co-produced by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Harry quotes Mandela and says, “What matters in life is not just having lived”.

Meghan then appears on screen and completes the quote: “It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the lives we lead”.

The pair were both executive producers, according to the credits, and present each of the episodes, discussing the opening credits.

Ndileka said she didn’t believe Harry properly met his grandfather.

And with the Duke’s book Spare out next week, Ndileka warned: ‘Harry needs to be authentic and stick to his own story, how relevant is grandfather’s life to his?

“I don’t believe he and Meghan ever met Grandpa properly, maybe when Harry was young at Buckingham Palace, but they use his quotes in the documentary to draw people in and make millions without the Mandela family don’t take advantage of it”.

MailOnline has asked a spokesperson for Sussex to comment.

This is not the couple’s first meeting with the Mandelas. Questions were raised in August over the Duchess of Sussex’s suggestion that her marriage to Prince Harry sparked jubilant celebrations in South Africa.

Meghan, 41, told a US magazine that a South African actor told her his country had “rejoiced in the streets like we did when [Nelson] Mandela has been 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 in Cape Town, South Africa, March 17, 1997

South African President Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana at Mandela’s home in Cape Town, South Africa, March 17, 1997

Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie walk hand-in-hand with clenched fists as he is released from Victor prison in Cape Town on Sunday February 11, 1990

Excerpt from Meghan’s interview in The Cut about Mandela and his wedding day

She [Meghan] remembers a moment from the 2019 London premiere of the live-action version of The Lion King. “I just had Archie. It was such a cruel chapter. I was scared to come out. A cast member from South Africa pulled her aside. ‘He looked at me, and he’s just like the light. He said, “I just need you to know: when you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets like we did when Mandela was released from prison.” ‘

Of course she knows she’s not Mandela, but maybe even telling me that story is a mode of defense, because if you’re a symbol of all that is good and charitable, how can anyone find you objectionable, how can someone hate you?

Zwelivelile Mandela said: “Madiba is [Mandela’s] the celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa. So it cannot be equated to the same thing.

The VoetsekMeghan hashtag was trending on social media. Voetsek is an offensive Afrikaans word meaning “to go away” or “to get lost”.

Meghan insisted the encounter took place while she was attending the London premiere of the live-action version of The Lion King in 2019.

But an actor who says he is the only South African actor in the film told MailOnline he was ‘baffled’ as he has never met the Duchess.

Dr John Kani said Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry was “no big deal” in South Africa and could not be compared to the historic release of the anti-apartheid campaigner after 27 years in prison.

The former Royal Shakespeare Company actor told MailOnline: ‘It was a global event. Certainly, Miss Meghan or whatever is getting married into royalty can by no means be uttered in the same breath or even the same phrase as this moment.

The Duchess faced an international backlash during her interview with The Cut magazine in New York, in which she said she and Prince Harry had been treated differently from other members of the royal family and felt pressured to leave Britain.

She told the interviewer that she was pushed aside by a South African cast member at the 2019 premiere, a year after her lavish royal wedding.

Meghan said the anonymous male actor told her: ‘I just need you to know. When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets as we did when Mandela was released from prison.

Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela told MailOnline he was

Meghan claimed that three years ago a cast member of The Lion King told her that

Zwelivelile ‘Mandla’ Mandela told MailOnline he was “surprised” at her remarks in The Cut magazine when she claimed that three years ago a cast member of The Lion King told her that ” we rejoiced in the streets in the same way as when Mandela was released”. from jail’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of The Lion King at Odeon Leicester Square in London on July 14, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of The Lion King at Odeon Leicester Square in London on July 14, 2019

Dr Kani, 79, said he was the only South African actor in the film and did not attend the London premiere.

He said the only other South African involved was Lebo M, a composer who was not part of the cast.

He said: “I’ve never met Meghan Markle. It feels like a faux pas on her part.

“I’m the only South African cast member and didn’t attend the premiere in London… Maybe it’s just a bad memory from him.”

Dr Kani, who voiced shaman monkey Rafiki in the film, said he was in Hollywood when the film opened in the United States and then had to travel to shoot another film in Paris, he was therefore unable to attend the premiere in London.

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 in our memories forever in the world. It’s kind of like, “Where were you when JFK was shot…where were you when Nelson Mandela was freed”?

“You can’t really say where you were when Meghan married Harry. I’m confused about this. She is an important person in her own life.

“I can’t even tell you now what month she got married or what year.

Dr Kani said he was “really surprised” by Meghan’s account of meeting 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 am really surprised by this. For me, it’s a non-event, the whole thing.

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