MEGHAN Markle met Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter as she and Prince Harry paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon at an exhibition devoted to his unimaginable life. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex checked out art work and met particular friends together with Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela on the Southbank Centre in central London in a single day. Meghan appeared traditional in a blush-pink sleeveless trench coat and matching heels. Ms Dlamini-Mandela, 39, a designer and entrepreneur, shook arms and spoke with the Duchess, who appeared radiant in a blush pink sleeveless jacket costume by Home of Nonie teamed with matching nude court docket footwear. MORE: Barack Obama delivers Donald Trump rebuke at Nelson Mandela birthday anniversary Harry wore a gray go well with as he attended the free exhibition depicting the lifetime of Mr Mandela — who met Princess Diana throughout a non-public go to to South Africa in 1997 simply months earlier than her tragic loss of life. The exhibit, which opens to the general public right this moment, charts Mr Mandela’s profession from activist to president by six themes — character, comrade, chief, prisoner, negotiator and statesman. It commemorates the hundredth 12 months of his start and is the primary time the exhibition has been proven within the UK after profitable runs world wide. Harry and Meghan have been attributable to meet friends together with Thembi Tambo, South Africa’s Excessive Commissioner to the UK and daughter of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, who was an in depth colleague of Mr Mandela. One of many gadgets on show is a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990 — the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley live performance held in his honour. In it, he thanks the British public for his or her “overwhelming generosity”. Different gadgets embody a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island and options annotations made by Mr Mandela and his contemporaries. Main former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who’s chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, welcomed the royal help. He mentioned: “The Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth Corridor, Southbank Centre, which is free to guests from 17 July — 19 August, will depict the anti-apartheid freedom battle and Mandela’s imaginative and prescient of a non-racial rainbow democracy based mostly upon justice, equality and human rights. “We’re delighted the duke and duchess can be supporting it.” Prince Harry visited Mandela’s cell the place he spent 18 years imprisoned by the apartheid regime on a 2015 journey to South Africa’s Robben Island. He additionally toured the statesman’s places of work and met his widow, Graca Machel, on the identical journey. Additionally in a single day, former US President Barack Obama paid tribute to Mandela in a speech to mark 100 years for the reason that anti-apartheid icon’s start. Mr Obama opened his speech in South Africa by saying that “every day’s information cycle is bringing extra head-spinning and disturbing headlines.” Whereas in a roundabout way mentioning his successor, US President Donald Trump, Mr Obama’s speech in South Africa countered a lot of Mr Trump’s insurance policies, rallying individuals to maintain alive the concepts that Mandela labored for together with democracy, range and good training for all.
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