‘Just like Madiba, he’s been through a lot’: Prince Harry is mercilessly ridiculed by the South African newspaper for preaching a keynote address in honor of Nelson Mandela
- The South African newspaper The Sunday Times wrote a scathingly sarcastic column ahead of Harry’s speech
- Editor-in-Chief Aspasia Karras jokingly compared Harry’s plight to that of the late civil rights hero
- “He’s in exile. Just like Madiba,” she wrote, jokingly comparing Harry’s mansion in Montecito to Robben Island
- Harry was invited by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to be the keynote speaker
- He used his 15-minute speech to lecture a sparse crowd on climate change, disinformation, the war in Ukraine, COVID and Roe vs Wade
The choice of Prince Harry as the keynote speaker at the UN event honoring Nelson Mandela was derided by many around the world, including a South African newspaper, which sarcastically compared the prince’s plight to that of the civil rights hero.
Harry was invited to speak at the UN NYC by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the non-profit organization run by Mandela’s family.
He was accompanied by wife Meghan, who showed up in a glamorous designer outfit valued at around $3,000.
He might have resisted the chance to compare himself to Mandela, but the South African newspaper The Sunday Times jumped at the chance.
South African columnist Aspasia Karras poked fun at Prince Harry in a column on Sunday before Harry spoke. She compared Harry’s Montecito mansion to Robben Island and the royal family’s frigid treatment of Harry and Meghan to the hardships of apartheid
“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 following him,” wrote Sunday Times columnist Aspasia Karras
In a column Sunday before Harry spoke, Editor-in-Chief Aspasia Karras wrote: “He is 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.”
Referring to him as the “self-proclaimed Duke of LA,” she said: “Just like Mandela, he’s been through a lot.
“Like Oprah said in his cry of the heart Interview, his family and the British press have given him and his lovely wife Meghan such a difficult time. They just wanted to represent. And bring some quick LA management style to fuddy-duddy palace.
‘You know what? They just had to go. It was too much to bear.’
“I think Harry fits in perfectly as the UN is such an effective organization for world peace.
“I am delighted that he is able to take the global spotlight on such an important day as we remember the sacrifices Mandela made for all of us and our rights. OK?
“But especially for Harry’s right to a security escort. That will show them,” she wrote.
Other critics questioned why Harry, who regularly uses private jets, was chosen to give a speech on climate change.
‘Our world is on fire!’ He told the UN on Monday after arriving in New York City with Meghan, who was wearing more than $3,000 worth of designer clothes.
It’s unclear if the couple arrived in New York City on a private jet.
Representatives for the couple did not immediately respond to inquiries about their trip, nor did spokespeople for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.