Nelson Mandela's granddaughter slams 'deeply upsetting' Meghan and Harry TV show

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Nelson Mandela's granddaughter slams 'deeply upsetting' Meghan and Harry TV show

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter has slammed Prince Harry and wife Meghan for using him to pull in audiences for their latest documentary.

Ndileka Mandela praised the couple for having the courage to break away from the Royal family, but she added that she found the use of her grandfather's name "deeply upsetting and tedious".

Speaking from Johannesburg about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex second Netflix documentary Live To Lead, she was critical of their use of the former South African president.

Ndileka said: “Harry needs to be authentic and stick to his own story, what relevance does grandad’s life have with his? I don’t believe he nor Meghan have ever properly met granddad, maybe when Harry was young at Buckingham Palace, but they are using his quotations in the documentary to draw in people and make millions without the Mandela family benefiting.

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter slams 'deeply upsetting' Meghan and Harry TV show rridzziquridttinvNdileka Mandela has spoken out (Getty Images)

“I know the Nelson Mandela Foundation has supported the initiative but people have stolen grandfather’s quotes for years and have used his legacy because they know his name sells – Harry and Meghan are no different from them.

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“I admire Harry for having the confidence to break away from an institution as iconic as the Royal family. Grandad rebelled against an arranged marriage to find his own path in life.

"But it comes at a price, you have to then fund your own life, I’ve made peace with people using granddad’s name but it’s still deeply upsetting and tedious every time it happens,” she told the Australian.

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter slams 'deeply upsetting' Meghan and Harry TV showNelson Mandela meeting the Queen in 2008 (AFP via Getty Images)

Live to Lead showcases seven “leaders” - picked by the pair - including Mr Mandela, the late US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who turned 20 on Tuesday.

All seven episodes of the documentary are now available to watch on Netflix and were released just days before Harry's memoir Spare is due to hit the shelves next Tuesday.

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter slams 'deeply upsetting' Meghan and Harry TV showHarry and Meghan have released Live to Lead featuring Nelson Mandela (Getty Images)

Prince Harry's controversial book looks set to focus on his strained relationship with his brother William, and could damage their relationship forever, royal experts have said.

The book has been ghost-written by JR Moehringer known for his expertise in strained father-son relationships.

But although Duke of Sussex’s memoir does go into details about his father the King, it is the heir - his brother William - who gets a verbal bashing in the Spare .

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter slams 'deeply upsetting' Meghan and Harry TV show (Penguin Random House)

The book, published by Penguin Random House, has been available for pre-order since October and reached the number one spot on Amazon both in the US and UK.

It is set to be one of the biggest books of 2023 with the audiobook version being read by Harry himself.

Kelly-Ann Mills

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