Prince Harry’s beautiful, globe-spanning tribute to Nelson Mandela 37



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Prince Harry has just wrapped up his exhausting and eventful tour of South Africa – but he saved his best moments for last.

On his final day, he met with Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, for whom he had a very special surprise.

Harry revealed that on his 2013 expedition to Antarctica – soon after Mandela’s death – he planted a South African flag at the South Pole in memory of the late leader.

He left Graca with a photo of the exact moment he made this beautiful gesture.


Later that day, he gave a charming speech at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory.

Humble, almost stage-shy, he gave the following lovely tribute to the former President, who he described as “one of those people you want to hug and never let go”.


“I know he is missed by a generation, a nation and most keenly by his family,” he said. “However, he will never be forgotten”.

“I was fortunate enough to meet Madiba a number of years ago and I have treasured that memory ever since”.

“I have been keen to see how Mr. Mandela’s values and his legacy are inspiring the next generation and shaping the future for South Africa”.

“I can think of no better way of ending my visit to South Africa than by joining you this evening to remember Madiba as we approach the anniversary of his passing”.

What do you think about Prince Harry’s tribute to this great man? 

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  1. Paying tribute to a terrorist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • What a bitter person. I wonder exactly what he personally ever did to you, Helen. I always felt that he was very badly treated by the apartheid government.

    • Seems to me Mr. Mandela did what he had to do to enable him, and millions of others like him, to be accepted as a citizen of his own country. He received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. I guess he would have been labeled a ‘terrorist’ by those who agreed with apartheid!!

    • Helen Botha how can your thoughts be respected when you haven’t even explained any, you have merely made statements with nothing to back them up!!!

    • One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Depends on what side you’re on and what you have to gain/lose

    • What I understand, Mandela when couldn’t get his point across peacefully he resorted to the violent way in the early days. That’s a very simple way if putting it. But I think Mandela was a great man and deserves to be recognised as such.

  2. Just google “Nelson Mandela the terrorist” and you will get all the answers there!! You might be surprised at what you find.

  3. Funny, a white guy gets so much backlash for “murdering” his girlfriend on this page, but you just make one comment, that is the truth, and …………….. hello, all hell breaks loose. Please google as suggested and enlighten yourself about the history in South Africa.

  4. Once again Harry you are a legend ,hurry up and get married so I can see your offspring. Before I die .,got to beat your brother ,love you Harry and William

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