Harry and Meghan, in the crosshairs of Mandela’s granddaughter

The launch of the book Spare with the memories of the Prince Harry, Nor have the two interviews he gave for this event been published, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are once again in the crosshairs. If the first words that have been heard in the advances of the talks that Harry had with CBS and ITV have already caused waves, now it has been another of his projects that have caused a new controversy. Just a few days ago, the second production of the Sussexes in collaboration with Netflix was announced. Unlike the documentary in which they wanted to tell their story, the new installment would focus on a group of important people, with Harry explaining that the initiative was inspired by the work of Nelson Mandela. As happened last year in another controversy with Meghan, the activist’s family has raised their voices to show their discontent with the comparisons.



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“It’s like oil and water, there is no comparison. I know that the Nelson Mandela Foundation supported the initiative, but people have stolen grandfather’s quotes for years and have used his legacy because they know that his name sells, Harry and Meghan are no different from them,” said Ndileka Mandela -Nelson’s granddaughter. Mandela – in an interview with The Australian that has been widely replicated by the British tabloids.

“I admire Harry for having the confidence to part with such an iconic institution as the Royal Family. Grandpa rebelled against an arranged marriage to find his own path in life. But this comes with a price, so you have to found your own life, I have made peace with people using the grandfather’s name, but it is deeply annoying and tedious every time it happens,” he continued.

Ndileka was apparently referring to promoting the series Live To Lead, on which the Sussexes are co-producing with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In the trailer, Harry is heard beginning the political activist’s quote: “It’s not the mere fact that we’ve lived it that counts in life.” With Meghan ending it: “It is the difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the meaning of the life we ​​lead.”


A series that has been involved in controversy

Ndileka is not the first person to comment on this project, in a very striking way, only one day after it was announced, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, through her team, released a statement, distancing herself from the Sussexes, when explaining that at the time of recording his participation, this was a project of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The statement read:

“In early March 2019, the Prime Minister was contacted by the Mandela Foundation to participate in a project to develop accessible resources on key leadership attributes for young aspiring leaders around the world, based on a one-hour interview. Originally, we were told that the comments would be printed and (published) in digital books, short videos and audio books. The interview was conducted on November 8, 2019. A short book titled Jacinda Ardern (I Know This to be True) based on this interview was published in March 2020.”

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“Other participants who also had their contributions based on their published interviews include the well-known United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist activist Gloria Steinem, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and basketball player Stephen Curry”.

“In March 2021, the Nelson Mandela Foundation informed the Prime Minister’s office that they had reached an agreement with Netflix to publish the series of interviews, including the 2019 interview with the Prime Minister. In May this year, the Prime Minister’s office was informed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would host the series, emphasizing that this was almost two and a half years after the interview was recorded and permission to use it was approved. to the Mandela Foundation. All communication throughout this time has been with the foundation (there has been no communication with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about the project).”