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An acclaimed actor and friend of Nelson Mandela told MailOnline he is ‘baffled’ by the Duchess of Sussex’s suggestion that his country ‘rejoiced’ when she married Prince Harry and revealed he has never met her, despite claiming to be the only South African member of the cast in Disney’s recent remake of The Lion King.

Dr John Kani believes the Duchess of Sussex has made 'a faux pas' after she used a US magazine interview to imply her 2018 royal wedding sparked celebrations in South Africa reminiscent of the release of his friend Madiba, the legendary anti-apartheid leader. He said Mr Mandela's walk to freedom after 27 years was a 'landmark moment' while her marriage to Prince Harry was 'no big deal' in South Africa, adding that the two events 'cannot be spoken in the same breath’ and ‘you can't really say where you were when Meghan married Harry’.

Dr John Kani believes the Duchess of Sussex has made ‘a faux pas’ after she used a US magazine interview to imply her 2018 royal wedding sparked celebrations in South Africa reminiscent of the release of his friend Madiba, the legendary anti-apartheid leader. He said Mr Mandela’s walk to freedom after 27 years was a ‘landmark moment’ while her marriage to Prince Harry was ‘no big deal’ in South Africa, adding that the two events ‘cannot be spoken in the same breath’ and ‘you can’t really say where you were when Meghan married Harry’. 

The bombshell interview in The Cut suggested Meghan had been told the opposite by a male South African cast member at the London premiere of the Lion King live action film held in 2019. It reported the Duchess as saying: 'He looked at me, and he’s just like light. He said, "I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison".' Pictured: 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 bombshell interview in The Cut suggested Meghan had been told the opposite by a male South African cast member at the London premiere of the Lion King live action film held in 2019. It reported the Duchess as saying: ‘He looked at me, and he’s just like light. He said, “I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison”.’ Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on July 14, 2019.

But Dr Kani, a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company who voiced the mandrill shaman Rafiki, told MailOnline that he was the only South African in the Disney movie, has never met Meghan and was not at the UK premiere. He said the only other South African who was involved was Lebo M, a composer who together with Hans Zimmer was responsible for the music for The Lion King. But Lebo M was not in the cast.

But Dr Kani, a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company who voiced the mandrill shaman Rafiki, told MailOnline that he was the only South African in the Disney movie, has never met Meghan and was not at the UK premiere. He said the only other South African who was involved was Lebo M, a composer who together with Hans Zimmer was responsible for the music for The Lion King. But Lebo M was not in the cast.

Sitting under a portrait of his friend Mr Mandela at his Johannesburg home, he said: 'I have never met Meghan Markle. This seems like something of a faux pas by her. I have never met the Duchess at all. I am the only South African member of the cast and I did not attend the premiere in London.' Dr Kani continued: 'I went to Hollywood as we opened there, and, from there, I had to go immediately to Paris where I was shooting a film sequel, so I couldn't hang around. The only South African was me playing Rafiki. But I did not go to the opening in Leicester Square as I didn't have the time to do that. It just may be a mis-remembering on her side.' Pictured: Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana at Mandela's home in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 17, 1997.

Sitting under a portrait of his friend Mr Mandela at his Johannesburg home, he said: ‘I have never met Meghan Markle. This seems like something of a faux pas by her. I have never met the Duchess at all. I am the only South African member of the cast and I did not attend the premiere in London.’ Dr Kani continued: ‘I went to Hollywood as we opened there, and, from there, I had to go immediately to Paris where I was shooting a film sequel, so I couldn’t hang around. The only South African was me playing Rafiki. But I did not go to the opening in Leicester Square as I didn’t have the time to do that. It just may be a mis-remembering on her side.’ Pictured: Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana at Mandela’s home in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 17, 1997. 

Dr Kani added: 'It is baffling me. I am the only South African in the cast. I play Rafiki, Seth Rogen plays Pumbaa, Donald Glover plays Simba and Beyonce plays Nala.' The actor insisted that Harry and Meghan's nuptials were 'no big deal' in his country, adding: 'I cannot even tell you now what month she married or what year'. Dr Kani said he did not believe that the people of South Africa celebrated Meghan's marriage to Prince Harry on the scale that greeted the release of anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela as claimed by her.

Dr Kani added: ‘It is baffling me. I am the only South African in the cast. I play Rafiki, Seth Rogen plays Pumbaa, Donald Glover plays Simba and Beyonce plays Nala.’ The actor insisted that Harry and Meghan’s nuptials were ‘no big deal’ in his country, adding: ‘I cannot even tell you now what month she married or what year’. Dr Kani said he did not believe that the people of South Africa celebrated Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry on the scale that greeted the release of anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela as claimed by her.

He continued: 'In my memory, nobody would have known when she got married, when or what. We had no South African link to the wedding or to her marrying Harry.' He said: 'I am truly surprised by this. For me it is a non-event, the whole thing'. MailOnline has approached the Sussexes and Disney about his claims. The Cut declined to comment. Pictured: Meghan's The Cut cover.

He continued: ‘In my memory, nobody would have known when she got married, when or what. We had no South African link to the wedding or to her marrying Harry.’ He said: ‘I am truly surprised by this. For me it is a non-event, the whole thing’. MailOnline has approached the Sussexes and Disney about his claims. The Cut declined to comment. Pictured: Meghan’s The Cut cover.

'The world stopped in February 11, 1990. The entire country and most of the people born in the seventies didn't know what Mr Mandela looked like. When the gates of Pollsmoor (Prison) opened, the entire South African nation, the entire African continent and the world were glued.' He continued: 'We only realized that he (Mr Mandela) was the one walking next to Winnie (his wife of the time) when he raised his hand and we said "Oh, that's him" because none of us had seen Mr Mandela since 1964'.  He added: 'That was a world event. Surely Miss Meghan or whatever marrying into royalty cannot in any way be spoken in the same breath or even the same sentence as that moment.'

‘The world stopped in February 11, 1990. The entire country and most of the people born in the seventies didn’t know what Mr Mandela looked like. When the gates of Pollsmoor (Prison) opened, the entire South African nation, the entire African continent and the world were glued.’ He continued: ‘We only realized that he (Mr Mandela) was the one walking next to Winnie (his wife of the time) when he raised his hand and we said “Oh, that’s him” because none of us had seen Mr Mandela since 1964’.  He added: ‘That was a world event. Surely Miss Meghan or whatever marrying into royalty cannot in any way be spoken in the same breath or even the same sentence as that moment.’

Kani continued: 'It lives in our memories forever to the world. It is a kind of "Where were you when JFK was shot...where were you when Nelson Mandela was released"? You can't really say where you were when Meghan married Harry. I am confused about this. She is an important person in her own life. But there are various opinions all over the world about them severing their ties with the Royal Family and Harry not being able to serve and do his normal duties and their moving to America and the interviews with Oprah Winfrey and all that.'

Kani continued: ‘It lives in our memories forever to the world. It is a kind of “Where were you when JFK was shot…where were you when Nelson Mandela was released”? You can’t really say where you were when Meghan married Harry. I am confused about this. She is an important person in her own life. But there are various opinions all over the world about them severing their ties with the Royal Family and Harry not being able to serve and do his normal duties and their moving to America and the interviews with Oprah Winfrey and all that.’

Kani added: 'We've been following that story with interest really, but that is all. But beyond that I don't know her, never met her and wasn't in London and I am the only South African actor in The Lion King.' Mr Kani, who directed programs for Mr Mandela, said he did not believe Meghan's self-comparison to Mr Mandela was an insult to South Africa. 'There were so many people that came to South Africa who just wanted to meet with Nelson Mandela.'

Kani added: ‘We’ve been following that story with interest really, but that is all. But beyond that I don’t know her, never met her and wasn’t in London and I am the only South African actor in The Lion King.’ Mr Kani, who directed programs for Mr Mandela, said he did not believe Meghan’s self-comparison to Mr Mandela was an insult to South Africa. ‘There were so many people that came to South Africa who just wanted to meet with Nelson Mandela.’

He continued: 'At one stage we were so bored about it, that we wanted to do a Mandela cardboard cut-out so that they could take a picture with the cardboard cut-out. Mr Mandela was an enigma to South Africa and he was an elder. There was that added cultural dimension in meeting with him. You knew you were meeting an elder, more as a father than as a President. We used to to call him "Dada," which means Daddy.' He concluded: 'I really wouldn't want to call it an insult. It must be a faux pas. There is something Meghan is mixing up with.'

He continued: ‘At one stage we were so bored about it, that we wanted to do a Mandela cardboard cut-out so that they could take a picture with the cardboard cut-out. Mr Mandela was an enigma to South Africa and he was an elder. There was that added cultural dimension in meeting with him. You knew you were meeting an elder, more as a father than as a President. We used to to call him “Dada,” which means Daddy.’ He concluded: ‘I really wouldn’t want to call it an insult. It must be a faux pas. There is something Meghan is mixing up with.’

Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela told MailOnline he was 'surprised' at her remarks in The Cut magazine when she claimed that three years ago a cast member of the Lion King told her that 'we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison'.

Hours earlier, Nelson Mandela’s grandson delivered a fresh attack on Meghan Markle and urged her to ‘pull up her sleeves’ and do more for ordinary people after she drew a comparison between her royal wedding day and Madiba’s walk from prison after 27 years of incarceration. Zwelivelile ‘Mandla’ Mandela (pictured) told MailOnline he was ‘surprised’ at her remarks in The Cut magazine when she claimed that three years ago a cast member of the Lion King told her that ‘we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison’.

He declared that 'every day there are people who want to be Nelson Mandela, either comparing themselves with him or wanting to emulate him'. On Wednesday, he told The Times that his advice to the former actress was: 'Get out there, pull up your sleeves and better the lives of ordinary people in England and in the United Kingdom', adding: 'For the personality she is, she can do a lot of good in the global community by adopting the causes that Madiba championed'.

He declared that ‘every day there are people who want to be Nelson Mandela, either comparing themselves with him or wanting to emulate him’. On Wednesday, he told The Times that his advice to the former actress was: ‘Get out there, pull up your sleeves and better the lives of ordinary people in England and in the United Kingdom’, adding: ‘For the personality she is, she can do a lot of good in the global community by adopting the causes that Madiba championed’.

Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela told MailOnline he was 'surprised' at her remarks in The Cut magazine when she claimed that three years ago a cast member of the Lion King told her that 'we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison'.

The furore was sparked by a 6,409-word article called ‘Meghan of Montecito’ published on Tuesday, where the former Suits star recalled an encounter she had at the 2019 London premiere of a live-action version of the Disney classic. She said an actor from South Africa pulled her aside and told her: ‘I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison’. 

Mandla said that people across South Africa had rejoiced at his release in 1990, because his dramatic walk to freedom had signaled a victory over apartheid and colonialism. The African National Congress MP said his grandfather’s release was a moment of huge national significance, which should not be compared to the duchess’s 2018 marriage ‘to a white prince’. He told MailOnline: 'It can never be compared to the celebration of someone's wedding. Madiba's celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa. So It cannot be equated to as the same.' Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela, on the last day of their tour in Africa.

Mandla said that people across South Africa had rejoiced at his release in 1990, because his dramatic walk to freedom had signaled a victory over apartheid and colonialism. The African National Congress MP said his grandfather’s release was a moment of huge national significance, which should not be compared to the duchess’s 2018 marriage ‘to a white prince’. He told MailOnline: ‘It can never be compared to the celebration of someone’s wedding. Madiba’s celebration was based on overcoming 350 years of colonialism with 60 years of a brutal apartheid regime in South Africa. So It cannot be equated to as the same.’ Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela, on the last day of their tour in Africa.

'Mandla' Mandela, the great man's grandson, told MailOnline that when the people of South Africa expressed their joy at his grandfather's release and danced in the streets, it was for a far more important and serious reason than Meghan's marriage 'to a white prince

But MailOnline learned that the story has astonished the Mandela family. ‘Mandla’ Mandela, an MP and Chief of the late South African President’s Mvezo tribe, said he was ‘surprised’ at her remarks. His grandfather served 27 years in prison before being released and re-uniting opponents and going on to lead his country. Zwelivelile said when the people of South Africa expressed their joy at his grandfather’s release and danced in the streets, it was for a far more important and serious reason than her marriage ‘to a white prince’. The African National Congress MP added: ‘We are still bearing scars of the past. But they (Mr Mandela’s celebrations) were a product of the majority of our people being brought out onto the streets to exercise the right of voting for the first time. He spoke for oppressed minorities, children and women and protracting the most vulnerable people in our society. He always spoke about oppressed nations around the globe and yet people are silent on those issues.’

'Mandla' Mandela, the great man's grandson, told MailOnline that when the people of South Africa expressed their joy at his grandfather's release and danced in the streets, it was for a far more important and serious reason than Meghan's marriage 'to a white prince

He continued: ‘But this is what we like to see (from) people when they regard themselves as being a “Nelson Mandela”. Then you could be a champion of the causes that he represented.’ He added: ‘My advice to everyone is to live the life Nelson Mandela lived and support the causes he supported. That is the ultimate litmus test. What is the value of people dancing in the street and chanting President Nelson Mandela’s name when what they stand for is diametrically opposed to what he stood for? Nelson Mandela’s release from jail was the culmination of nearly 350 years of struggle in which generations of our people paid with their lives. It can never be compared to the celebration of someone’s wedding.’

Meghan's claim has sparked rage and ridicule with critics telling her to 'get lost' and accusing her of showing 'utmost disrespect'. Reacting to MailOnline's exclusive story today, royal expert Angela Levin said: 'How long is Meghan going to pour out her drivel? It's enough already. Not a surprise to learn that Mandela's grandson is cross Meghan compares her wedding to Mandela's release from prison.' Pictured: Mandela and his wife salute the crowd after he was released from prison in 1990.

Meghan’s claim has sparked rage and ridicule with critics telling her to ‘get lost’ and accusing her of showing ‘utmost disrespect’. Reacting to MailOnline’s exclusive story today, royal expert Angela Levin said: ‘How long is Meghan going to pour out her drivel? It’s enough already. Not a surprise to learn that Mandela’s grandson is cross Meghan compares her wedding to Mandela’s release from prison.’ Pictured: Mandela and his wife salute the crowd after he was released from prison in 1990. 

Harry and Meghan have built up quite a relationship with the Mandela family in recent years - following in the footsteps of Harry's parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Just last month, Harry gave a speech at the UN General Assembly for Nelson Mandela Day in New York City on July 18 (pictured).

Harry and Meghan have built up quite a relationship with the Mandela family in recent years – following in the footsteps of Harry’s parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Just last month, Harry gave a speech at the UN General Assembly for Nelson Mandela Day in New York City on July 18 (pictured). 

The Sussexes met Graca Machel, widow of Mandela, on the last day of their tour of Africa in 2019. Harry also met Ms Machel when he visited South Africa in 2015 (pictured).

The Sussexes met Graca Machel, widow of Mandela, on the last day of their tour of Africa in 2019. Harry also met Ms Machel when he visited South Africa in 2015 (pictured).

Iin 2018, Harry and Meghan met Mandela's granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela (pictured) during a visit to the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Charles and Diana were also close with Mandela.

Iin 2018, Harry and Meghan met Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela (pictured) during a visit to the Nelson Mandela centenary exhibition at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Charles and Diana were also close with Mandela.

The late Princess of Wales met him in Cape Town in March 1997, while she was in South Africa visiting her brother Earl Spencer (pictured, right, holding Mandela's hand).

The late Princess of Wales met him in Cape Town in March 1997, while she was in South Africa visiting her brother Earl Spencer (pictured, right, holding Mandela’s hand).

And Charles took Mandela to Brixton in South London when he visited Britain in July 1996. In addition, Mandela visited Diana's ancestral home at Althorp in Northamptonshire in November 2002 to see where she was buried. The Duchess of Sussex, 41, shared the new anecdote in another bombshell interview with a US magazine - but people have claimed that it was not their experience of what happened on May 19, 2018. Pictured: Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela with the Spice Girls at Mandela's residence in South Africa on November 1, 1997.

And Charles took Mandela to Brixton in South London when he visited Britain in July 1996. In addition, Mandela visited Diana’s ancestral home at Althorp in Northamptonshire in November 2002 to see where she was buried. The Duchess of Sussex, 41, shared the new anecdote in another bombshell interview with a US magazine – but people have claimed that it was not their experience of what happened on May 19, 2018. Pictured: Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela with the Spice Girls at Mandela’s residence in South Africa on November 1, 1997.

After her claim the hashtag #VoetsekMeghan began trending in South Africa. Voetsek is an Afrikaans word meaning 'go away' or 'get lost' and is a common slur used by millions in the country. An angry Twitter user said: 'No one was rejoicing in the streets of South Africa when she got married. For her to imply that it was the same as when President Mandela was released is the utmost disrespect'.

After her claim the hashtag #VoetsekMeghan began trending in South Africa. Voetsek is an Afrikaans word meaning ‘go away’ or ‘get lost’ and is a common slur used by millions in the country. An angry Twitter user said: ‘No one was rejoicing in the streets of South Africa when she got married. For her to imply that it was the same as when President Mandela was released is the utmost disrespect’.

Another South African claimed: 'From South Africa, I can promise you 1 thing, nobody but nobody celebrated in the street as with when Mandela was released over a foreign state wedding, yes we watched at home happy for the couple, that was that'. One critic said: 'Comparing your marriage to Nelson Mandela being released? What a pompous & arrogant thing to say'. Another said: 'Her arrogant and yet delusional comparison of herself to Mandela is yet another insult to South Africa'.  In July Prince Harry used his keynote speech at the UN General Assembly for Nelson Mandela Day, in New York City, to again wade into US politics as he blasted the 'rolling back of constitutional rights'.

Another South African claimed: ‘From South Africa, I can promise you 1 thing, nobody but nobody celebrated in the street as with when Mandela was released over a foreign state wedding, yes we watched at home happy for the couple, that was that’. One critic said: ‘Comparing your marriage to Nelson Mandela being released? What a pompous & arrogant thing to say’. Another said: ‘Her arrogant and yet delusional comparison of herself to Mandela is yet another insult to South Africa’.  In July Prince Harry used his keynote speech at the UN General Assembly for Nelson Mandela Day, in New York City, to again wade into US politics as he blasted the ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’.

The Duke of Sussex launched a thinly-veiled attack on the Supreme Court's Roe v Wade ruling last month that handed abortion rights back to individual states. The 37-year-old claimed it was part of a 'global assault on democracy and freedom' as he also cited Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine among problems facing the world. South Africans have already hit out at Meghan Markle after she told of an apparent fire that broke out in her son Archie's room while she was on a tour of the country.

The Duke of Sussex launched a thinly-veiled attack on the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade ruling last month that handed abortion rights back to individual states. The 37-year-old claimed it was part of a ‘global assault on democracy and freedom’ as he also cited Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine among problems facing the world. South Africans have already hit out at Meghan Markle after she told of an apparent fire that broke out in her son Archie’s room while she was on a tour of the country.

Archie, then four months old, was not in the room in Cape Town when a heater started to smoke - but the incident left the Duchess of Sussex 'shaken' and 'in tears', she told tennis star Serena Williams in her new podcast. Others are understood to recall the incident, which took place on September 23, 2019, and while they do not remember there actually being a fire, the heater was certainly smoking and was unplugged and dealt with. Despite the upset, Meghan said in the Spotify podcast that she was obliged to continue with official engagements, accusing those running the tour of concentrating on 'how it looks, instead of how it feels'. Pictured: Meghan holding Archie alongside Harry at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2019.

Archie, then four months old, was not in the room in Cape Town when a heater started to smoke – but the incident left the Duchess of Sussex ‘shaken’ and ‘in tears’, she told tennis star Serena Williams in her new podcast. Others are understood to recall the incident, which took place on September 23, 2019, and while they do not remember there actually being a fire, the heater was certainly smoking and was unplugged and dealt with. Despite the upset, Meghan said in the Spotify podcast that she was obliged to continue with official engagements, accusing those running the tour of concentrating on ‘how it looks, instead of how it feels’. Pictured: Meghan holding Archie alongside Harry at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2019.

One wrote: 'South Africa... You're amazing - the #VoetsekMeghan tag is brilliant. She's single handedly offending the world country by country! Shame really when most of her fanbase is in SA...oopsie!' Another said: 'I don't care about the fire incident but the statement: coming to South Africa was the bravest thing she has done. Speaks volumes. As if she was coming to some apocalypse state or something. She should elaborate on what was brave about it, is it because is in Africa? #VoetsekMeghan'

One wrote: ‘South Africa… You’re amazing – the #VoetsekMeghan tag is brilliant. She’s single handedly offending the world country by country! Shame really when most of her fanbase is in SA…oopsie!’ Another said: ‘I don’t care about the fire incident but the statement: coming to South Africa was the bravest thing she has done. Speaks volumes. As if she was coming to some apocalypse state or something. She should elaborate on what was brave about it, is it because is in Africa? #VoetsekMeghan’

A third added: 'So after the supposed fire , Meghan could have taken Archie to their engagements in South Africa. Catherine did it in Australia and New Zealand without issue. Why could she not? You know why? Because then it would no longer be just about her! #VoetsekMeghan'. Sources have defended the Duchess over the incident, saying it would have understandably caused concern to any parent. The Sussexes were subsequently moved to different accommodation as the tour continued.

A third added: ‘So after the supposed fire , Meghan could have taken Archie to their engagements in South Africa. Catherine did it in Australia and New Zealand without issue. Why could she not? You know why? Because then it would no longer be just about her! #VoetsekMeghan’. Sources have defended the Duchess over the incident, saying it would have understandably caused concern to any parent. The Sussexes were subsequently moved to different accommodation as the tour continued.

There would undoubtedly have been an expectation for Harry and Meghan to go on with their engagements after months of planning on the ground – but as senior royals, the couple would have had the final say on continuing. And one source told the Daily Telegraph that any announcement about Archie being at risk of fire - or having to cancel an event where they spoke to people about Apartheid - would have overshadowed the couple's work.

There would undoubtedly have been an expectation for Harry and Meghan to go on with their engagements after months of planning on the ground – but as senior royals, the couple would have had the final say on continuing. And one source told the Daily Telegraph that any announcement about Archie being at risk of fire – or having to cancel an event where they spoke to people about Apartheid – would have overshadowed the couple’s work.

vLater that same day, following the incident, the couple visited Cape Town's historic District Six neighbourhood, met residents in its Homecoming Centre and heard from people who were forcibly removed to a township during the Apartheid era, with the Sussexes also carrying out an impromptu walkabout. District Six is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town where freed slaves, artisans, immigrants, merchants and the Cape Malay community lived – but in 1966 the government declared it a 'whites-only area', and more than 60,000 residents were forcibly removed and relocated to the Cape Flats township about 15 miles away.

Later that same day, following the incident, the couple visited Cape Town’s historic District Six neighborhood, met residents in its Homecoming Centre and heard from people who were forcibly removed to a township during the Apartheid era, with the Sussexes also carrying out an impromptu walkabout. District Six is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town where freed slaves, artisans, immigrants, merchants and the Cape Malay community lived – but in 1966, the government declared it a ‘whites-only area’, and more than 60,000 residents were forcibly removed and relocated to the Cape Flats township about 15 miles away.

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