Ndileka Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter has accused Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of stealing the anti-apartheid icon’s words in their Netflix show as well as his name to “make millions.”

The 57-year-old slammed the Sussexes over the Netflix documentary Live To Lead, where the couple use footage of Nelson Mandela leaving prison in 1990. “This was inspired by Nelson Mandela,” Harry says in the trailer for their latest film.

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Ndileka said that it was “upsetting and tedious” to see the couple compare their battles in the Royal Family with her grandfather’s struggle for freedom.

She said: ‘That’s chalk and cheese, there is no comparison. I know the Nelson Mandela Foundation has supported the initiative but people have stolen grandfather’s quotes for years and have used his legacy because they know his name sells – Harry and Meghan are no different from them.’

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She added in an interview with The Australian newspaper: “I admire Harry for having the confidence to break away from an institution as iconic as the Royal Family. Grandad rebelled against an arranged marriage to find his own path in life.” 

“But it comes at a price, you have to then fund your own life, I’ve made peace with people using granddad’s name but it’s still deeply upsetting and tedious every time it happens,” she added. 

The couple has struck a $100 million deal with the streaming giant. Harry quotes Mandela and says: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we’ve lived,” in the trailer for Live To Lead, which is co-produced by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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Meghan finishes the quote after appearing on screen, saying, “It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Ndileka has said she doesn’t believe Harry properly met her grandfather. “Harry needs to be authentic and stick to his own story, what relevance does grandad’s life have with his? I don’t believe he nor Meghan have ever properly met granddad, maybe when Harry was young at Buckingham Palace, but they are using his quotations in the documentary to draw in people and make millions without the Mandela family benefiting,” she said.