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Now, Nelson Mandela's granddaughter says she 'can't find anything wrong' with Harry and Meghan

Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter today appeared to backtrack in a panic after angrily accusing Harry and Meghan of using her grandfather’s name and legacy to ‘make his millions’.

Ndileka Mandela told the Australian newspaper she was angry that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex compared their battles in the royal family to her grandfather’s long walk to freedom, calling it “disturbing and tedious”.

But in an extraordinary descent, she has now insisted that she “honestly finds nothing wrong with them using that inspirational opening thing with a grandfather quote” – and has accused critics of the couple of “making a mountain out of a hill… .” for no reason’.

She told Fox News: ‘Meghan has always been an activist, and that’s in his activism work that my grandfather was, he was, a social justice activist through and through.

Harry says in trailer for his latest film, part of his $100m (£83m) deal with the streaming giant: 'That was inspired by Nelson Mandela'

Harry says in trailer for his latest film, part of his $100m (£83m) deal with the streaming giant: ‘That was inspired by Nelson Mandela’

Ndileka Mandela (left), pictured with sister Nandi Mandela (right) and son Luvuyo Madasa in London last month, criticized the Sussexes for their use of the surname.  She seems to have gone back

Ndileka Mandela (left), pictured with sister Nandi Mandela (right) and son Luvuyo Madasa in London last month, criticized the Sussexes for their use of the surname. She seems to have gone back

“And her entry point into politics was through social activism, which is exactly what Meghan and Harry are doing.

‘As I said at the beginning, a lot of people use the grandfather quotes, and no one has made as much noise as they are with Harry and Meghan using that quote.’

MailOnline has contacted the Nelson Mandela Foundation for comment.

In the trailer for the couple’s latest Netflix film, Live To Lead, part of their £83m deal with the streaming giant, Harry said: ‘That was inspired by Nelson Mandela.’

Mandela had previously said: ‘This is chalk and cheese, there’s no comparison. I know the Nelson Mandela Foundation supported the initiative, but people stole the grandfather’s quotes for years and used his legacy because they know his name sells – Harry and Meghan are no different from them.

“I admire Harry for having the confidence to break away from an institution as iconic as the Royal Family.

‘Grandpa rebelled against an arranged marriage to find his own way in life,’ she told The Australian. ‘But it comes at a price, you have to finance your own life, I’ve made peace with people using the grandfather’s name, but it’s still deeply disturbing and tedious every time it happens.’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Graça Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela, on the final day of their 2019 Africa tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Graça Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela, on the final day of their 2019 Africa tour

South African President Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana at the Mandela House in Cape Town, South Africa on March 17, 1997

South African President Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana at the Mandela House in Cape Town, South Africa on March 17, 1997

Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise their clenched fists after their release from Victor Prison, Cape Town, Sunday, February 11, 1990

In the trailer for Live To Lead, co-produced by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Harry quotes Mandela: ‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived…’

Meghan then appears and finishes the quote: ‘…It is the difference we make in the lives of others that will determine the meaning of the lives we lead.’

The couple were executive producers, according to the credits, and present each of the series’ seven episodes. With Harry’s Spare book released next week, Mandela warned: ‘Harry needs to be authentic and keep his own story, what relevance does his grandfather’s life have to his?

“I don’t believe he or Meghan ever knew their grandfather properly, perhaps when Harry was young at Buckingham Palace, but they are using his quotes in the documentary to attract people and make millions without the Mandela family benefiting.” The Mail asked a Sussex spokesman for comment.

The couple had already been criticized by the Mandelas.

Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela told MailOnline he was 'surprised' by her comments in The Cut magazine

Meghan claimed that three years ago, a Lion King cast member told her that 'we rejoiced in the streets the same way we did when Mandela was released from prison'

Zwelivelile ‘Mandla’ Mandela told MailOnline he was ‘surprised’ by her comments in The Cut magazine, when she claimed that three years ago a cast member of The Lion King told her that ‘we rejoice in the streets the same way we we did when Mandela was released from prison’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on July 14, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on July 14, 2019

Questions were raised in August over Meghan’s suggestion that her marriage to Harry sparked celebrations in South Africa. The Duchess told The Cut magazine that, as she attended the London premiere of The Lion King in 2019, a South African actor told her that her country “rejoiced in the streets the same way we did when Mandela was released from prison. “.

The interview sparked outrage in the country, where Mandela’s grandson said his release from prison should not be compared to a royal wedding.

Zwelivelile Mandela said: ‘Madiba [Mandela’s] The celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa. Therefore, it cannot be equated with the same.’

And an actor who said he was the only South African cast member of The Lion King said he was “baffled” because he didn’t attend the London premiere and never met the duchess.

John Kani, 79, who voiced monkey shaman Rafiki in the film, said: “I never met Meghan Markle. This seems like some kind of faux pas on her part.

The actor, who is a friend of Mandela, said the moment the anti-apartheid activist walked out of prison could not be compared to a royal wedding.

He said: ‘He lives on in our memories forever for the world. It’s sort of ‘Where were you when JFK was shot… where were you when Nelson Mandela was released’? You can’t really tell where you were when Meghan married Harry.

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