Meghan Markle has courted controversy after indirectly comparing herself to former SA president Nelson Mandela.

Meghan compares herself to MANDELA, Mandla claps back!

Nelson Mandela’s grandson clapped back at Meghan Markle after she compared her wedding celebration to the icon’s release from jail.


Meghan Markle has courted controversy after indirectly comparing herself to former SA president Nelson Mandela.

For the second time in a week, Meghan Markle has managed to offend South Africans with her comments. And this time around, Nelson Mandela’s own grandson Mandla is clapping back!

Days after alleging that her son Archie escaped danger after his room “caught on fire” in their “housing unit” during their 2019 trip to South Africa, the mom-of-two has done it again.

Now, Meghan has indirectly compared herself to one of Mzansi’s most prominent icons — Nelson Mandela. And while she may not have done it deliberately — or maliciously — South Africans, including Mandla, are not impressed.

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Cut, Meghan spoke at length about her family, including her husband, Prince Harry, and their two children, Archie and Lillibet. She also discussed the couple’s new life in California, away from the British Royal Family, whom they distanced themselves from in 2020.

But it was Meghan’s words referencing South Africa’s most famous struggle hero and former president, Nelson Mandela, that had readers reeling.

In the interview published on Monday 29 August, Meghan recalls how she and Harry had attended the 2019 premiere of Disney’s live-action movie The Lion King in London.

She said: “I just had Archie. It was such a cruel chapter. I was scared to go out.”

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Meghan then claims that one of the production cast members approached her and revealed how South Africans had “likened” her royal wedding to a historically significant moment in the country.

She said: “He looked at me, and he’s just like light. He 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”.

The Cut interviewer added: “Of course, she knows she’s no Mandela. But perhaps even telling me this story is a mode of defense. Because if you are a symbol for all that is good and charitable, how can anybody find you objectionable? How can anybody hate you?”.


Naturally, Meghan Markle’s words – and particular her Madiba comparison – did not go down well.

Speaking to MailOnline, Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla clapped back at the royal’s choice of wording.

He 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 cannot be equated to the same”.

He added: “Overcoming 60 years of apartheid is not the same as marrying a white prince”.

Mandla continued: “We are still bearing scars of the past. But they were (Mandela’s celebrations) a product of the majority of our people being brought out onto the streets to exercise the right of voting for the first time.”

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And just like her comments of comparing her luxury home in Cape Town to a “housing unit”, and describing her nanny’s baby sling as a “mud cloth”, SA tweeps were enraged at Meghan’s Mandela reference.

@according2_taz: “How can those words leave her mouth? She’s gone beyond what is sanity at this point!”

@Jordan43572657: “Meghan Markle, whose biggest ambition in life was to marry rich and marry up, believes that marrying Prince Harry generated the same excitement and hysteria as when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after having spent 27 years of his life behind bars for fighting Apartheid”

@Coralcharm22: “This interview is a blessing, it has let Meghan expose herself and her narcissism, delusions of grandeur, Messiah Complex, etc. She has apparently compared the cheers on her wedding day to Mandela being released from prison. No sane person can read that and agree”

@Shani52699309: “Meghan is so unimportant in South Africa, that she is never mentioned here. It’s only now that she has defamed and insulted our country, our nation, that our anger is mentioned in some newspapers, especially today that she compares herself to Nelson Mandela”

@Behari32696945: “Haibo ..’tsek ! No way & never happened ..this woman lives in a parallel universe and her latest reference to Mandela is despicable”