One of Nelson Mandela’s grandchildren has criticized Meghan Markle for comparing her royal wedding to his grandfather’s release from prison.
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“Madiba’s celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of brutal apartheid in South Africa,” Zwelivelile said. “Madla” Mandela to the Daily Mail. “The two things cannot be equated.”
Zwelivelile, 48, a member of parliament and chief of Nelson’s Mvezo tribe, said he was surprised by Meghan Markle’s recent comments. He also says he doesn’t understand how South Africans dancing in the streets after his grandfather’s release in 1990 after 27 years in prison could possibly compare to her marriage “to a white prince”.
“We still carry scars from the past. But the Nelson Mandela celebrations were a product of the majority of our people taking to the streets to exercise their right to vote for the first time”he said.
Zwelivelile’s criticism of the Duchess of Sussex comes after she shared during a recent interview with The Cut that one of the actors in the 2019 film The Lion King once told her that public reactions to her marriage to Prince Harry and Nelson Mandela’s freedoms are comparable.
“I just want you to know that when he got married and became part of this family, we cheered in the streets the same way we did when Mandela was released from prison,” the actor in question quoted the Duchess of Sussex as saying.
However, according to the actor, he never said anything like that.
Dr John Kani, who voices Rafiki in the 2019 film, claims he was the only South African actor in the production and never met the Duchess.
“I’ve never met Meghan Markle. It seems like there was some mistake on her part. I’m the only South African in the cast and I didn’t attend the premiere in London,” the actor told MailOnline.
Nelson Mandela’s grandson and John Kani are far from the only ones expressing their displeasure with Markle’s narrative. Several South Africans took to Twitter to express their outrage at the “Princess of Montecito” for her words.
The hashtag VoetsekMeghan it even started to take off on Twitter in South Africa. “Voetsek” is an Afrikaans word meaning “go away’ or ‘disappear’.
“Nobody was cheering in the streets of South Africa when she got married. To say it was the same as when President Mandela was released is the ultimate disrespect,” read one post on Twitter.
“Meghan, you can fool Americans, celebrity ‘friends’, people on social media, but you can’t fool Africans. You’ve shown us who you are. When you try to tear the royal family apart, you forget who you’re offending along the way,” added another , quoted by Page Six.
“I can’t believe that this woman had the guts, the damned freedom and the sheer audacity to equate her miserable life of privilege with the suffering and liberation of Nelson Mandela“, agrees a third.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently honored the South African icon by appearing at the United Nations headquarters in New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day on July 18.
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The anti-apartheid activist was South Africa’s first president, serving from 1994 to 1999 after being released from prison in 1990. He died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.