Meghan, Harry pay tribute to Nelson Mandela as they tour new London exhibition


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela (right, in red) today

THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex today spoke to Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter as they officially opened a major exhibition about his life being staged in the centenary year of his birth.


Harry and Meghan spoke to Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela as they toured the exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London, and also listened to a performance by the Ubynye Choir, which left the Duchess with goosebumps.

The couple also spoke to Andrew Mlangeni, 92, who stood on trial accused of sabotage against the then-apartheid government in 1938, and spent 26 years in prison on Robben Island – where he was jailed with Mr Mandela.

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Ms Dlamini-Mandela, who is known as ‘Swati’, was smuggled on to Robben Island in 1980, when she was less than a year old, wrapped in blankets her grandmother pretended she needed as protection against the cold.

Let in on the secret, prison guard Christo Brand is said to have initially refused to allow Mr Mandela to see his grandchild – but eventually gave in, despite fearing he might lose his job.

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