NELSON Mandela’s grandson has given advice to Meghan Markle, telling her what she needs to do if she wants to compare herself to an apartheid hero.
Zwelivelile ‘Mandla’ Mandela says the Duchess of Sussex needs to ‘get out there’ and help others after she was criticized for comparing herself to the freedom fighter.
In a recent interview about her life with Harry and their children beyond the Royal Family, she claimed she was told that the people of South Africa were celebrating their nuptials as they had for Mandela’s freedom.
She revealed: “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. ”
But now Mandla said the two had no similarities, as one man’s work to change systematic inequality couldn’t compare to Meghan’s activism efforts to date.
He told The Times: “We would tell people that our struggle cannot be compared to people dancing in the streets and chanting Madiba’s name.
“It must be about the scars and the painful past that we come from.”
Mandla thinks Meghan’s account of the comment lessened the impact of her grandfather’s great work.
Mandela was the hero of the struggle against apartheid who almost single-handedly laid the foundations for a free South Africa.
He spent 26 years in prison, then became the country’s first black president, won the Noble Peace Prize and is one of the most revered figures of the 20th century.
Mandla said if Meghan wanted to make a change like her grandfather did, she had to do it from the ground up.
He said: “Go ahead, roll up your sleeves and improve the lives of ordinary people in England and the UK.
“For the personality that she is, she can do a lot of good in the global community by embracing the causes championed by Madiba.”
Yesterday Mandla slammed her ‘surprising’ comment in which she compared herself to the freedom fighter.
After hearing her rejoice that her marriage was praised in a light similar to Mandela’s achievements, he pointed out that one was very different from the other.
Speaking to MailOnline, Zwelivelile said: “Madiba’s celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa.
“So it can’t be equated to the same thing.”
The African National Congress MP added, “We still bear the scars of the past. But they were (Mr. Mandela’s celebrations) the product of the majority of our people being taken to the streets to exercise their right to vote for the first time. “
Last night Sun columnist Piers Morgan also questioned Meghan’s comments.
He said: “Even by Markle’s standards, this is a sickening charge of self-aggrandizement, bad faith and royal bashing hypocrisy.
“The one Mandela anecdote made me gag.
“How dare she use her title to continue to trash the institution that gave it to her? Shameless and shameful.
Meghan told The Cut’s Allison Davis that she didn’t like pictures of Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, circulating in the media.
The article goes on to imply that his reasoning is due to racist language – seeming to suggest that the press used the n-word to refer to his children.