Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is facing significant backlash from the netizens for her recent statement after she linked herself to the first President of South Africa Nelson Mandela. Not only the netizens, but the latter’s family also have addressed her claims stating they cannot be compared. However, what exactly did Markle share which is harshly being criticized by the people?
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The 41-year-old former actress is an American member of the British royal family who retired from acting upon her marriage to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex back in 2018 and became titled the Duchess of Sussex. The couple shares two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
Meghan Markle Claimed her Wedding Celebrations were ‘Same’ as Nelson Mandela’s Release from Prison
The former actress in a recent interview with The Cut shared an incident that happened back in 2019. She shared that during the premiere of the live-action film, Lion King, a cast member told her that her marriage to Prince Harry was celebrated in Afton families similar to the way they had celebrated Nelson Mandela’s return from prison back in 1990.
She shared during the interview, “I just had Archie. It was such a cruel chapter. I was scared to go out,” adding, “He looked at me, and he’s just said, ‘I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison.”
Nelson Mandela’s Grandson Slams Meghan Markle’s Claims
Markle’s recent claims are now being slammed by Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zwelivelile ‘Mandla’ Mandela, a member of South Africa’s parliament, who shared that he was ‘surprised’ by the claims. He shared that the first president of South Africa’s release from prison 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 as the same.” He further shared, “It can never be compared to the celebration of someone’s wedding.”
He further pointed out that the celebrations being compared of the two events are completely different, as Mandela’s prison was a serious matter adding, “We are still bearing scars of the past. But they (Mr. Mandela’s celebrations) were a product of the majority of our people being brought out onto the streets to exercise the right of voting for the first time.”
While the grandson of Mandela slammed the former actress, he also shared that one who regards themselves to him(Nelson Mandela) would have to support the causes he was representing and fighting for in his life.