REVEALED: Harry and Meghan are working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a secret ‘leadership development project’ through their company Archewell – and it was South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations who arranged their speaking tour
- Harry and Meghan have been nominated to speak by the Nelson Mandela Foundation “as part of their ongoing project,” DailyMail.com can reveal
- The couple is working with the charity on a leadership development project
- It’s unclear when the project will be announced and what form it will take
- It explains the choice of Harry to speak at the UN Mandela Day event
- Arrangements for the couple’s trip were made by Mathu Joyini, South Africa’s Ambassador to the United Nations, and her office
- It is still unclear whether Harry and Meghan – as in the past – took a private jet or a scheduled flight
Prince Harry and Megan Markle have been nominated to speak at the UN’s Nelson Mandela celebration as part of an ongoing secret project with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, arranged through their company Archewell, DailyMail.com is able to reveal.
The couple was also brought to him NYC from the office of South Africa’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Mathu Joyini, although it remains unclear whether they traveled by private jet or commercial aircraft.
Harry’s speech was “delivered in the context of the foundation, which is already working on a Mandela-related project with its company Archewell,” a spokesman for the foundation said on Tuesday.
They declined to give further details as the project has not yet been announced, but said it was rooted in “leadership development”.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the United Nations in New York City on Monday. Harry was the keynote speaker at the UN International Nelson Mandela Day event
A spokesman for Archewell did not immediately respond to inquiries.
It explains Harry’s decision to address the UN – which stunned some experts and stunned members of the South African media.
The arrangements were made by Mathu Joyini, the South African Ambassador to the United Nations, and her office
Harry used his 15-minute speech to denounce the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade reversal and to preach about climate change.
Speaking of his mother, the late Princess Diana, and her bond with Mandela and his love for Africa, he said he realized he had a “soul mate” in Meghan.
Meghan watched proudly from the sparse crowd.
Archewell is the couple’s charity and umbrella brand, under which they have launched podcasts and a Netflix series.
There are three branches of the company; Archewell Foundation, Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio.
It is unclear under which category the project with the Mandela Foundation falls.
Ndaba Mandela, the civil rights icon’s grandson, said Monday night Harry and Meghan are “worlds apart” from his grandfather.
Harry used his 15-minute speech to denounce the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade reversal and to preach about climate change
Harry and Meghan’s company, Archewell, has three branches – its charity, its manufacturing branch and a podcast branch
“They cannot be compared on any level,” he said during an appearance on Piers Morgan’s TalkTV show Uncensored.
“There are no parallels at all.
“For you will see that obviously one fights for black dignity against a vicious tyrant like apartheid, as opposed to one who finds his identity outside of any said institution.
“Obviously, these are very different things,” he said.
The South African newspaper The Sunday Times jokingly compared Harry’s plight to that of Mandela, calling Harry the “Duke of LA”.
“He’s in exile. Just like Madiba. No, sorry, of course he was imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years. The same.
“Harry is locked away in his gilded pleasure palace in Montecito, with a podcast program and documentary team to follow him.”