Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle Discusses 'Upsetting The Hierarchy' In New Interview Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Nelson Mandela’s grandson calls out Meghan Markle for the controversial comparison of her wedding to Prince Harry with the release of former President of South Africa from prison, saying that her wedding celebration sparked joy in the streets of the country as it did during Mandela’s walk of freedom. Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela expressed his surprise and distaste of Meghan's remarks in The Cut Magazine when she pretentiously compared her wedding celebration to the joy South Africans felt when Mandela was released from prison.

Royal commentator Angela Levine reacted to Meghan’s remarks, uttering her disgust at the Duchess of Sussex’s remarks, saying “How long is Meghan going to pour out her drivel? It's enough already. Not a surprise to learn that Mandela's grandson is cross as Meghan compares her wedding to Mandela's release from prison.”

In the said magazine interview, Meghan noted that a cast member of the Lion King remake had pulled her aside claiming that Meghan’s wedding had garnered jubilation among South Africans, celebrating in the streets as they did during Mandela’s emancipation in 1990. Zwelivelile was appalled by Meghan's words, saying that her royal wedding cannot be compared to the release of his grandfather from prison, The Telegraph reported.

Zwelivelile added that Mandela’s release was a celebration of victory over 350 years of discrimination and 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa and thus cannot be compared to a royal wedding. He remarked that many people like to compare themselves to Mandela or wish to emulate him but before they can do so, they must advocate for the work he championed. He also noted that when South Africans shouted for joy at the release of Mandela, it was for a more important and serious reason and not a marriage “to a white prince”.

Meghan’s remarks also enraged critics sparking ridicule from all sides. Critics have told her to “get lost” and accused her of being extremely disrespectful. South African citizens have not taken Meghan’s words kindly either. The hashtag #VoestekMeghan, a harsh South African term for “go away Meghan”, is being used on Twitter in response to Meghan’s pompous words. Some Twitter users said that she threw South Africa under the bus for clickbait, and another added that she must never set foot in the country again.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage

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