Meghan interview labelled ‘dreadful’ by prominent expert

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In the Duchess’s new interview, with New York magazine The Cut, Meghan discusses her new podcast and her return to Instagram, but one anecdote, in particular, has been criticised by Richard Fitzwilliams. In the article, Meghan claims that during its London premiere, a South African cast member of the 2019 live-action version of The Lion King likened her marriage to Harry to Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Discussing the anecdote, Mr Fitwilliam’s tweeted: “The interview Meghan gave with The Cut was dreadful and the comparison to Mandela’s release was farcical. “She boasts she can ‘say anything but how is this implied threat consistent with ‘healing’? What world does she inhabit?”

Describing her conversation with the Lion King cast member, Meghan said: “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.’ ”

However, Dr John Kani, who has claimed to be the only South African cast member of the film, has since told MailOnline that he has never met Meghan Markle.

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.”

South African singer, Lindiwe Mkhize, who sang Circle of Life in the 2019 remake and has also been an actor in the stage play, also attended the London premiere.

But an insider close to the actress and singer told Express.co.uk that she “did not speak to Meghan” that night.

The source said: “I’ve known her for over a decade.

“I was there with her that night.

“She did not speak to Meghan.”

Moreover, Dr Kani has also claimed that Meghan’s marriage to Harry was “no big deal” to South Africans.

He said: “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.

“I am truly surprised by this. For me, it is a non-event, the whole thing.”

Dr Kani added that the two events cannot be spoken about “in the same breath” and that “‘you can’t really say where you were when Meghan married Harry”.

However, not everyone was critical of Meghan’s comparison to Mr Mandela, with many Sussex fans flocking to Twitter to praise the article.

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Also commenting on the article, @mystical0404 said: “What a beautiful read, beautiful family and amazing author.”

Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, making her the first mixed-race American to marry into the Royal Family.

In 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from senior royal duties.

In an explosive interview with Oprah in 2021, Meghan and Harry discussed their reasons for leaving the Firm and Meghan accused an unnamed member of the Royal Family of discussing how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before he was born.

She added that she had had suicidal thoughts due to the pressures of Royal life.

She said: “Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he has suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, then I would do it.

“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”

Meghan and Harry now live in Montecito, California, with their two children, Archie and Lilibet, and are no longer supported financially by the Royal Family.

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