The grandson of Nelson Mandela slammed Meghan Markle for claiming a South African actor had gushed that her marriage into the British royal family caused South Africans to celebrate just as they had for Mandela’s release.
Promoting her new podcast, “Archetypes,” Markle claimed that when she attended the 2019 London premiere of the live-action version of The Lion King, a cast member pulled her aside, “‘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.’”
“It cannot be equated to as the same,” Zwelivelile Mandela, a member of the African National Congress and Chief of his grandfather’s Mvezo tribe, reacted harshly, per The Daily Mail. “Madiba’s celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa.”
A royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams, told The Daily Mail: “When she quotes an enthusiastic supporter saying that her marriage into the royal family led to rejoicing in the streets ‘the same as we did when Mandela was freed from prison’ it’s an utterly crazy comparison which speaks volumes about the person making it.”
“It’s breathtaking — her arrogance, her rudeness and her taking everything for granted and not giving anything back attitude,” echoed Angela Levin, author of “Harry: Conversations with the Prince,” to GMB News. “And I think it’s a tragedy that she has convinced Harry that his family is so awful. When you mentioned they saw the Queen at the Jubilee, it was only for 15 minutes because she was extremely busy… they could have come another time.”
After word got out of Markle’s Mandela reference, the hashtag #VoetsekMeghan trended in South Africa. “Voetsek” means “go away” or “get lost.”
“It’s interesting, I’ve never had to sign anything that restricts me from talking,” Markle stated in the interview. “I can talk about my whole experience and make a choice not to.”
When the interviewer strangely asked why she “doesn’t talk,” Markle replied, “Still healing.”