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Meghan and Harry pay tribute to Nelson Mandela as they tour new London exhibition dedicated to the life of the anti-apartheid hero and meet his granddaughter

  • Harry and Meghan visit exhibition about Nelson Mandela at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • It traces his career from activist to president through him being a prisoner, negotiator and statesman
  • Harry visited Mr Mandela's cell during a trip to South Africa and met his widow Graca Machel in 2015 

By Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mail and Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 06:53 EDT, 17 July 2018 | Updated: 08:17 EDT, 17 July 2018

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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 Queen Elizabeth Hall, which traces Mr Mandela's career from activist to president through six themes: character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman.

Meghan looked chic in the brilliant summer sunshine, wearing a pale pink trench dress by House of Nonie with matching nude heels - and had her hair swept back in a messy bun. 

Their visit marks the first time the exhibition will be shown in the UK after successful runs in various forms around the world, including six weeks at the Paris Town Hall in 2013.

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

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

Meghan talks to Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela at the exhibition in the Southbank Centre in London today
Meghan talks to Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela at the exhibition in the Southbank Centre in London today

Meghan talks to Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela at the exhibition in the Southbank Centre in London today

Harry and Meghan are touring an exhibition about Nelson Mandela at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall today
Harry and Meghan are touring an exhibition about Nelson Mandela at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall today

Harry and Meghan are touring an exhibition about Nelson Mandela at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall today

Meghan arrives at the Southbank Centre today
Meghan arrives at the Southbank Centre today
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive on London's Southbank today to officially open an exhibition about Nelson Mandela
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive on London's Southbank today to officially open an exhibition about Nelson Mandela

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive on London's Southbank today to officially open an exhibition about Nelson Mandela

The Duchess of Sussex arrives for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London today
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London today

The Duchess of Sussex arrives for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London today

Meghan looked chic today in a pale pink trench dress by House of Nonie
Meghan looked chic today in a pale pink trench dress by House of Nonie
Meghan had her hair swept back in a messy bun
Meghan had her hair swept back in a messy bun

Meghan looked chic today in a pale pink trench dress by House of Nonie and had her hair swept back in a messy bun

The Duchess of Sussex looked chic in the brilliant summer sunshine - and had her hair swept back in a messy bun
The Duchess of Sussex looked chic in the brilliant summer sunshine - and had her hair swept back in a messy bun

The Duchess of Sussex looked chic in the brilliant summer sunshine - and had her hair swept back in a messy bun

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the exhibition about Nelson Mandela
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the exhibition about Nelson Mandela
The exhibition about Nelson Mandela is being in the centenary year of his birth
The exhibition about Nelson Mandela is being in the centenary year of his birth

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the exhibition about Nelson Mandela, staged in the centenary year of his birth

Harry and Meghan wave at onlookers as they arrive for their visit to the launch of the exhibition this morning
Harry and Meghan wave at onlookers as they arrive for their visit to the launch of the exhibition this morning

Harry and Meghan wave at onlookers as they arrive for their visit to the launch of the exhibition this morning

Harry and Meghan smile as they arrive in the sunshine today
Harry and Meghan smile as they arrive in the sunshine today
The Duchess wears an outfit by House of Nonie
The Duchess wears an outfit by House of Nonie

Harry and Meghan smile as they arrive in the sunshine today, with the Duchess wearing an outfit by House of Nonie

The free exhibition Harry and Meghan are attending traces Mr Mandela's career from activist to president through six themes
The free exhibition Harry and Meghan are attending traces Mr Mandela's career from activist to president through six themes

The free exhibition Harry and Meghan are attending traces Mr Mandela's career from activist to president through six themes

Harry and Meghan arrive for the launch of the exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader's birth
Harry and Meghan arrive for the launch of the exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader's birth

Harry and Meghan arrive for the launch of the exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader's birth

Leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who is chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, welcomed the royal support. 

He said: 'The Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, which is free to visitors from 17 July - 19 August, will depict the anti-apartheid freedom struggle and Mandela's vision of a non-racial rainbow democracy based upon justice, equality and human rights.

'We are delighted the duke and duchess will be supporting it.'

Harry visited Mr Mandela's cell, where he spent 18 years imprisoned by the apartheid regime, during a trip to South Africa's Robben Island, and he also toured the statesman's offices and met his widow Graca Machel in 2015.

The couple meet leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Hain and Southbank Centre chief executive Elaine Bedell
The couple meet leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Hain and Southbank Centre chief executive Elaine Bedell

The couple meet leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Hain and Southbank Centre chief executive Elaine Bedell

The Duchess of Sussex arrived with her husband at the exhibition charting the life, career and politics of Nelson Mandela
The Duchess of Sussex arrived with her husband at the exhibition charting the life, career and politics of Nelson Mandela
Harry and Meghan at the Southbank Centre
Harry and Meghan at the Southbank Centre

The Duchess of Sussex arrived with her husband at the exhibition charting the life, career and politics of Nelson Mandela

Photographers and cameraman picture Harry and Meghan as they arrive at the Southbank Centre this morning
Photographers and cameraman picture Harry and Meghan as they arrive at the Southbank Centre this morning

Photographers and cameraman picture Harry and Meghan as they arrive at the Southbank Centre this morning

Harry's family had a close relationship with the former statesman
Harry's family had a close relationship with the former statesman
Mr Mandela campaigned throughout his life against apartheid
Mr Mandela campaigned throughout his life against apartheid

Harry's family had a close relationship with the former statesman, who campaigned throughout his life against apartheid

Harry has visited a number of sites associated with Mr Mandela, from his prison cell to a tour of the statesman's offices
Harry has visited a number of sites associated with Mr Mandela, from his prison cell to a tour of the statesman's offices

Harry has visited a number of sites associated with Mr Mandela, from his prison cell to a tour of the statesman's offices

Leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Hain said it was 'very, very fitting' for Harry and Meghan to be at the launch
Leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Hain said it was 'very, very fitting' for Harry and Meghan to be at the launch
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive

Leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Hain said it was 'very, very fitting' for Harry and Meghan to be at the launch

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave as they arrive for their visit to the exhibition at the Southbank Centre today
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave as they arrive for their visit to the exhibition at the Southbank Centre today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave as they arrive for their visit to the exhibition at the Southbank Centre today

It is the first time the Mandela exhibition will be shown in the UK
It is the first time the Mandela exhibition will be shown in the UK
The Mandela exhibition has had successful runs in various forms around the world
The Mandela exhibition has had successful runs in various forms around the world

It is the first time the Mandela exhibition will be shown in the UK after successful runs in various forms around the world

Harry and Meghan arrived in the morning sunshine, with the Duchess of Sussex clothed in an outfit by House of Nonie
Harry and Meghan arrived in the morning sunshine, with the Duchess of Sussex clothed in an outfit by House of Nonie

Harry and Meghan arrived in the morning sunshine, with the Duchess of Sussex clothed in an outfit by House of Nonie

The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
Meghan waves to the crowds in London today
Meghan waves to the crowds in London today

The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition at the Southbank Centre today

The exhibition looks at Mr Mandela through the themes of character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman
The exhibition looks at Mr Mandela through the themes of character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman

The exhibition looks at Mr Mandela through the themes of character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman

Mr Mandela and the Queen built up a firm friendship, with South Africa's former president apparently calling her 'Lizzie'
Mr Mandela and the Queen built up a firm friendship, with South Africa's former president apparently calling her 'Lizzie'
Harry and Meghan smile as they arrive
Harry and Meghan smile as they arrive

Mr Mandela and the Queen built up a firm friendship, with South Africa's former president apparently calling her 'Lizzie'

The display being visited by the couple explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth
The display being visited by the couple explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth

The display being visited by the couple explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth

It is curated by South Africa's Apartheid Museum, the British Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives and the Southbank Centre
It is curated by South Africa's Apartheid Museum, the British Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives and the Southbank Centre
Harry and Meghan at the Soutbank Centre
Harry and Meghan at the Soutbank Centre

It is curated by South Africa's Apartheid Museum, the British Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives and the Southbank Centre

During their visit to the South Bank, the duke and duchess will tour the exhibition and at each themed panel will meet people associated with the displays and Mr Mandela's work.

The guests include Thembi Tambo, South Africa's High Commissioner to the UK and daughter of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, who was a close colleague of Mr Mandela.

Items on display include a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island and features annotations made by Mr Mandela and his contemporaries.

There is also a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990, the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley concert held in his honour, he thanks the British public for their 'overwhelming generosity'.

The display features photographs, archive footage and information panels telling the former South African president's story
The display features photographs, archive footage and information panels telling the former South African president's story
Meghan smiles as she arrives for the exhibition
Meghan smiles as she arrives for the exhibition

The display features photographs, archive footage and information panels telling the former South African president's story

Harry and Meghan arrive for the Nelson Mandela exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London this morning
Harry and Meghan arrive for the Nelson Mandela exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London this morning

Harry and Meghan arrive for the Nelson Mandela exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London this morning

Harry and Meghan arrived in the sunshine this morning as they went on a tour around the exhibition in London
Harry and Meghan arrived in the sunshine this morning as they went on a tour around the exhibition in London
The couple smile as they arrive for the display
The couple smile as they arrive for the display

Harry and Meghan arrived in the sunshine this morning as they went on a tour around the exhibition in London

Harry and Meghan arrive for their visit to the launch of the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition this morning
Harry and Meghan arrive for their visit to the launch of the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition this morning

Harry and Meghan arrive for their visit to the launch of the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition this morning

The Duchess of Sussex  arrives at an exhibition charting the life, career and politics of one of her heroes, Nelson Mandela
The Duchess of Sussex  arrives at an exhibition charting the life, career and politics of one of her heroes, Nelson Mandela

The Duchess of Sussex arrives at an exhibition charting the life, career and politics of one of her heroes, Nelson Mandela

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to visit the major exhibition about the life of Mr Mandela
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to visit the major exhibition about the life of Mr Mandela
Harry and Meghan walk into the Southbank Centre
Harry and Meghan walk into the Southbank Centre

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to visit the major exhibition about the life of Mr Mandela

Harry and Meghan are greeted by crowds and photographers as they arrive for the Nelson Mandela exhibition
Harry and Meghan are greeted by crowds and photographers as they arrive for the Nelson Mandela exhibition

Harry and Meghan are greeted by crowds and photographers as they arrive for the Nelson Mandela exhibition

Harry waves to the crowds
Harry waves to the crowds
Meghan smiles as Harry turns behind him today
Meghan smiles as Harry turns behind him today

During their visit, at each themed panel the couple will meet people associated with the displays and Mr Mandela's work

Items on display at the exhibition include a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island
Items on display at the exhibition include a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island

Items on display at the exhibition include a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island

The exhibition traces Mr Mandela's career from activist to president through themes including character and comrade
The exhibition traces Mr Mandela's career from activist to president through themes including character and comrade
Meghan walks outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall
Meghan walks outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall

The exhibition traces Mr Mandela's career from activist to president through themes including character and comrade

The exhibition has had successful runs in various forms around the world, including six weeks at the Paris Town Hall in 2013
The exhibition has had successful runs in various forms around the world, including six weeks at the Paris Town Hall in 2013
Harry and Meghan arrive for the exhibition today
Harry and Meghan arrive for the exhibition today

The exhibition has had successful runs in various forms around the world, including six weeks at the Paris Town Hall in 2013

Among the items on show is a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990
Among the items on show is a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990

Among the items on show is a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990

The letter from April 16, 1990 was written on the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley concert held in his honour
The letter from April 16, 1990 was written on the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley concert held in his honour
Harry and Meghan walk into the Southbank Centre
Harry and Meghan walk into the Southbank Centre

The letter from April 16, 1990 was written on the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley concert held in his honour

The  Duchess of Sussex puts her hand on her chest as she arrives with Harry for a visit to the centenary exhibition today
The  Duchess of Sussex puts her hand on her chest as she arrives with Harry for a visit to the centenary exhibition today

The Duchess of Sussex puts her hand on her chest as she arrives with Harry for a visit to the centenary exhibition today

Harry and Meghan attend the exhibition in London today to mark the 2018 centenary of the iconic leader's birth
Harry and Meghan attend the exhibition in London today to mark the 2018 centenary of the iconic leader's birth

Harry and Meghan attend the exhibition in London today to mark the 2018 centenary of the iconic leader's birth

Harry and Meghan leave the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall this afternoon after viewing the exhibition
Harry and Meghan leave the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall this afternoon after viewing the exhibition
Meghan and Harry leave the Southbank Centre today
Meghan and Harry leave the Southbank Centre today

Harry and Meghan leave the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall this afternoon after viewing the exhibition

A car door is opened for Meghan and Harry as they leave the Nelson Mandela centenary launch at the Southbank Centre
A car door is opened for Meghan and Harry as they leave the Nelson Mandela centenary launch at the Southbank Centre

A car door is opened for Meghan and Harry as they leave the Nelson Mandela centenary launch at the Southbank Centre

Harry laughs and points as he leaves the Southbank Centre with Meghan this afternoon following their tour
Harry laughs and points as he leaves the Southbank Centre with Meghan this afternoon following their tour
Harry and Meghan leave the exhibition today
Harry and Meghan leave the exhibition today

Harry laughs and points as he leaves the Southbank Centre with Meghan this afternoon following their tour

Harry has visited a number of sites associated with Mr Mandela, but this is his first with Meghan
Harry has visited a number of sites associated with Mr Mandela, but this is his first with Meghan
Meghan smiles as the couple leave the exhibition
Meghan smiles as the couple leave the exhibition

Harry has visited a number of sites associated with Mr Mandela, but this is his first with Meghan

Prince Harry meets Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel during a visit to South Africa in December 2015
Prince Harry meets Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel during a visit to South Africa in December 2015

Prince Harry meets Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel during a visit to South Africa in December 2015

Prince Harry had a tour of the private archives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation when he visited South Africa in 2015
Prince Harry had a tour of the private archives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation when he visited South Africa in 2015

Prince Harry had a tour of the private archives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation when he visited South Africa in 2015

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