Meghan Markle can’t keep hands off her Prince as she strokes Harry’s back at exhibition
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have arrived in the summer sunshine at a major exhibition about the life of Nelson Mandela to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The Duchess of Sussex dazzled in a sleeveless pink trench coat dress, by Canadian label House of Nonie, teamed with nude heels and a matching Mulberry clutch bag, as she packed on the PDA with her new husband.
Meghan, 36, swept her glossy locks back into her trademark messy bun.
The couple looked in great spirits as they smiled and waved at waiting photographers outside the London exhibition to celebrate the life of South Africa’s first black president.
They were also spotted laughing proving they are very much relaxed and happy in eachother’s company just months after tying the knot.
The duchess looked loved-up as ever just months after she married Harry in a glorious Windsor Royal Wedding as she placed a protective hand on her husband’s back.
Harry and Meghan are touring the exhibition, at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, which traces Mr Mandela’s career from activist to president through six themes: character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman.
It is the first time the exhibition has been shown in the UK after successful runs in various forms around the world, including six weeks at the Paris Town Hall in 2013.
Inside, the duke and duchess took a moment to look at a huge pickaxe that Mr Mandela would have been forced to use when carrying out manual labour at Robben Island.
They also enjoyed a performance by the Ubunye Choir alongside Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.
Mr Mandela and the Queen built up a firm friendship, with South Africa’s former president calling her “Lizzie” according to his daughter Zindzi Mandela.
Leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who is chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, welcomed the royals.
He said: “London was the centre of the anti-apartheid struggle.
“It was here that Mandela’s close comrade Oliver Tambo lived, led and directed the worldwide struggle, from military operations in southern Africa to diplomatic lobbying of the United Nations.
“We thought to commemorate Mandela’s centenary there should be an exhibition in London.
“It was curated by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and I asked their royal highnesses to come as he does charitable work in southern Africa and she has said before that Nelson Mandela is one of her heroes.
“So we thought it would be very, very fitting for them to be at the launch and we’re thrilled they accepted.”
Harry visited Mr Mandela’s cell, where he spent 18 years imprisoned by the apartheid regime, during a trip to South Africa’s Robben Island, and he also toured the statesman’s offices and met his widow Graca Machel in 2015.
During their visit to the South Bank, the duke and duchess are touring the exhibition and at each themed panel will meet people associated with the displays and Mr Mandela’s work.
The guests include Thembi Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK and daughter of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, who was a close colleague of Mr Mandela.
Items on display include a Collected Works of Shakespeare, which was smuggled onto Robben Island and features annotations made by Mr Mandela and his contemporaries.
There is also a letter of thanks from the statesman to the British public written on April 16, 1990, the day Mr Mandela attended the Wembley concert held in his honour, he thanks the British public for their “overwhelming generosity”.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Meghan and Harry, who attended the christening of their nephew Prince Louis last week, following their first royal tour as a married couple in Ireland.
And on Saturday Meghan joined her sister-in-law Kate for a spot of tennis at the Wimbledon tournament.
The Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, is free to visitors from 17 July to 19 August.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK