London — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have visited an exhibition in London charting the life of Nelson Mandela.
Peter Hain, a former anti-apartheid campaigner and chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, said it was "very fitting" for the royal couple to visit because Harry does charitable work in southern Africa, and Meghan has said that Mandela is one of her heroes.
Their Royal Highnesses hear speeches and meet people celebrating the official opening of the exhibition that will launch two days ahead of @southbankcentre’s Africa Utopia festival. pic.twitter.com/f5ZvKpZXpx— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 17, 2018
Their Royal Highnesses hear a performance from the Ubunye Choir, which is made up of people from the South African diaspora. pic.twitter.com/BwcEC1gN36— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 17, 2018
The Duke and Duchess view some of the items in the exhibit, including the Robben Island Bible - which was actually a copy of Shakespeare plays disguised as a Bible. @Mandela100UK pic.twitter.com/EKyU8gYzbi— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 17, 2018
Harry has visited sites associated with Mandela, including his Robben Island prison cell, and a former Mandela aide has said that Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed a solid friendship with the South African leader.
Meghan chose a sleeveless beige trench coat-inspired dress by Canadian brand Nonie for the occasion.
The exhibition, curated by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, is opening Tuesday at London's Southbank Centre.