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Nelson Mandela’s grandson rips into Meghan Markle after she was compared to the apartheid leader

Rachel Lang

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Nelson Mandela’s grandson rips into Meghan Markle after she was compared to the apartheid leader

Nelson Mandela's grandson has absolutely demolished Meghan Markle following her bizarre interview in which she compared herself to the human rights legend.

Markle, 41, claimed to The Cut: "[A Lion King actor] 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'."

But it seems not all shared the same view as the unnamed actor from Markle's strange tale.

That includes Nelson Mandela's own family.

Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela. Credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy
Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela. Credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy

Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela told the Daily Mail that he was 'surprised' upon hearing what she had said about herself and his grandfather in the recent interview.

Markle claimed a cast member of the Lion King had compared her royal wedding to the legendary South African anti-apartheid activist's walk to freedom.

"Madiba's (Nelson Mandela) celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa," Mandela's grandson Zwelivelile told the Daily Mail.

"[Apartheid saw] generations of our people pay with their lives."

He added that the end of Apartheid 'can never be compared to the celebration of someone's wedding'.

Zwelivelile's grandfather languished in jail for 27 years for opposing the brutal apartheid system.

Nelson Mandela. Credit:  Wolfgang Moucha / Alamy
Nelson Mandela. Credit: Wolfgang Moucha / Alamy

He faced harsh conditions that were designed to break his resolve, but he was eventually released and went to lead his country as the first president of South Africa.

"We are still bearing scars of the past. But [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," the African National Congress MP added, as per the Daily Mail.

"He spoke for oppressed minorities, children and women and protecting the most vulnerable people in our society."

Mandela's grandson added that if people want to compare themselves to his incredible relative then they actually need to be a 'champion of the causes that he represented'.

Markle and Prince Harry at the Lion King premiere. Credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy
Markle and Prince Harry at the Lion King premiere. Credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy

In the same interview, Markle also claimed that the British people used to called her children 'the N-word'.

She has previously been open about the racism she allegedly experienced in the Royal Palace.

Her disastrous interview comes off the back of her first podcast for Spotify, two years after she struck an exclusive AUD$30 million deal (US$21.2 million, £18 million) for a three year deal.

Archetypes did not go down well with the critics either, being described as a 'bizarre, saccharine and faintly queasy schmooze-fest' that is 'all about her'.

Featured Image Credit: ANP / Alamy. DC Stock / Alamy.

Topics: Meghan Markle, News, Racism, Royal Family, UK News, US News

Rachel Lang
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