Prince Harry set to lecture the UN General Assembly

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Prince Harry is expected to talk about Nelson Mandela’s legacy as he appears at the UN General Assembly today.

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The Duke of Sussex is also understood to be preparing to lecture delegates on climate change and poverty during the two hour meeting. 

The 37-year-old will be the keynote speaker at the United Nations event in New York City on Monday.

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South Africa´s UN Mission said Friday his remarks ‘will be around the memories and legacy of Mandela and what has been learned from his struggle and his life that can help up face the new challenges in the world today.’

The world still faces challenges that were there during Mandela´s life including racial intolerance, the divide between rich and poor, hunger and food insecurity, a mission diplomat said.

The Duke of Sussex is also understood to be preparing for to lecture delegates on climate change and poverty

The Duke of Sussex is also understood to be preparing for to lecture delegates on climate change and poverty

Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, famously met with Mandela in Cape Town in March 1997, just five months before her tragic death

Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, famously met with Mandela in Cape Town in March 1997, just five months before her tragic death

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President Nelson Mandela shares a moment with Prince Charles as they visited Brixton in South London on the last day of Mandela's four day state visit to the United Kingdom in 1996

President Nelson Mandela shares a moment with Prince Charles as they visited Brixton in South London on the last day of Mandela’s four day state visit to the United Kingdom in 1996

General Assembly spokesperson Paulina Kubiak officially announced the program for Nelson Mandela International Day on Friday.

Harry is giving the keynote and participants including assembly president Abdulla Shahid, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, New York Mayor Eric Adams and Guinea´s Foreign Minister Morissanda Kouaté.

The General Assembly established July 18 – Mandela´s birthday – as an international day to honor him not only by celebrating his life and contributions but by carrying out the tradition of participating in a community service activity.

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During the event, which begins at 10am EST,  the 2020 UN Nelson Mendela Prize will be awarded to Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis of Greece and Dr Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea.

This prize is handed out every five years and recognises people who have dedicated their lives to the service of humanity.

Harry will be accompanied at the U.N. by his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, as he gives his speech.

Prince Harry and Meghan meet Graca Machel, the widow of the late Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2, 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan meet Graca Machel, the widow of the late Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2, 2019

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This year will see the 77th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. The first was held in London in 1945

This year will see the 77th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. The first was held in London in 1945

The former actress spoke at a conference at UN headquarters organized by UN Women on International Women´s Day in 2015, before her marriage to the prince.

In January 2020, the couple stepped down as senior members of the royal family and moved to the duchess´ native Southern California, where they continue to live with their two children.

Harry and Meghan visited South Africa in 2019 with their son, Archie, on their first official tour as a family before they gave up royal duties.

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They then travelled to Canada for a family holiday, and planned their move away from the Royal Family – stepping down from their roles before moving to the US.  

Harry´s mother, the late Princess Diana, met Mandela in March 1997, just five months before her death in a car crash in Paris.

His speech comes hours after it was revealed in a new bombshell book that his Eton pals called him ‘f***ing nuts’ for dating Meghan.

Tom Bower, journalist and author of ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors’ says Harry invited Meghan to join him at Sandringham for his weekend shoot in 2016.

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Meghan ‘lacked any sense of humour’ and was a ‘dampener on the party’, Bower says in his new book

Tom Bower, journalist and author of 'Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors' says Harry invited Meghan to join him at Sandringham for his weekend shoot in 2016 - shortly after the pairs relationship was publicly revealed

Tom Bower, journalist and author of ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors’ says Harry invited Meghan to join him at Sandringham for his weekend shoot in 2016 – shortly after the pairs relationship was publicly revealed

Bower says the Duke of Sussex was 'looking forward' to 'endless banter' with his friends - but Meghan, 40, was less than impressed and 'challenged every guest' who 'contravened her woke values'

Bower says the Duke of Sussex was ‘looking forward’ to ‘endless banter’ with his friends – but Meghan, 40, was less than impressed and ‘challenged every guest’ who ‘contravened her woke values’

Their relationship had only just been publicly revealed, and the Prince reportedly invited 16 friends to join him over the weekend.

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Bower’s bombshells: What are the claims in author Tom’s new ‘Revenge’ book

Tom Bower’s new book Revenge features a number of extraordinary claims about the Royal Family and Meghan and Harry.

The Queen privately expressed relief that Meghan would not be attending Prince Philip’s funeral, the new biography alleges.

Mr Bower writes that the grieving monarch told ‘trusted royal aides’ on the morning she was due to lay her husband of 73 years to rest at Windsor: ‘Thank goodness Meghan is not coming.’

The book also claims Meghan called her PR team in hysterics after Buckingham Palace reacted with ‘fury’ to her Vanity Fair interview about Prince Harry.

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She had been was ‘ecstatic’ when she was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2017 issue and do an interview with the magazine.

But when the magazine ran with the headline ‘Wild About Harry’ on its cover –  focusing on Meghan’s relationship with the British prince rather than her work as an actor, activist and philanthropist – Bower says the Palace was taken aback.

Within hours of the magazine’s pre-publication copies being sent to Buckingham Palace, Bower says Meghan phoned her PR firm and ‘hysterically’ told them of the Palace’s fury.

Harry invited Meghan to join him at Sandringham for his weekend shoot in 2016 – shortly after the pair’s relationship was publicly revealed.

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The 37-year-old allegedly invited 16 friends, mostly old school pals from Eton who were employed by international banks and auction houses, to join him for dinner on Friday, shooting on Saturday and then lunch on Sunday after getting the Queen’s permission.

Bower says the Duke of Sussex was ‘looking forward’ to ‘endless banter’ with his friends – but Meghan, 40, was less than impressed and ‘challenged every guest’ who ‘contravened her woke values’. 

They mostly included old school pals from Eton, employed by international banks and auction houses, who joined him for dinner, shooting and lunch with the Queen’s permission.

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Bower claims the Duke of Sussex had been excited for a weekend of ‘endless banter’ with his pals, but Meghan, 40, was less than impressed and ‘challenged every guest’ who ‘contravened her woke values’.

Meghan ‘lacked any sense of humour’ and was a ‘dampener on the party’, Bower says in his new book, according to The Times newspaper.

She also reportedly ‘reprimanded them for their jokes about sexism, feminism and transgender people’, with Bower writing that Harry had ‘not anticipated’ Meghan’s reaction.

He wrote: ‘She lacked any sense of humour. Driving home after Sunday lunch, the texts pinged between the cars: “OMG, what about HER?” said one. “Harry must be f***ing nuts”.’

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Bower claims Meghan ‘reprimanded guests’ if they made the ‘slightest inappropriate comment’ and ‘nobody was exempt’.

The claims comes after it was revealed Meghan ‘called her PR team in hysterics’ after Buckingham Palace reacted with ‘fury’ to ‘her Vanity Fair interview about Prince Harry’.

Bower says Meghan was ‘ecstatic’ when she was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2017 issue and do an interview with the magazine.

But when the magazine ran with the headline ‘Wild About Harry’ on its cover – focusing on Meghan’s relationship with the British prince rather than her work as an actor, activist and philanthropist – Bower says the Palace was taken aback.

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Within hours of the magazine’s pre-publication copies being sent to Buckingham Palace, Bower says Meghan phoned her PR firm and ‘hysterically’ told them of the Palace’s fury.

Bower reports that Meghan was furious that the piece was not more focused on her philanthropy but says this was due to the fact Vanity Fair researchers were unable to substantiate two key stories she had told about her activism as a young child.

After first discussing Meghan’s speech at the United Nations and a letter she sent to Procter & Gamble as an 11-year-old requesting that they change a slogan promoting washing-up liquid that was deemed sexist, she was asked about Harry.

As reported by Vanity Fair in 2017, Meghan said: ‘We’re a couple. We’re in love.

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‘I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time.

‘This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.’

The Duchess guest-edited the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, which reportedly left the editorial staff in ‘silent exasperation’ according to Bower.

They found her contributions ‘superficial’, with the former actress coming under fire for mission off the Queen in her list of 15 women that she admired as ‘forces for change’.

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In one telephone conference Bower claims that Meghan announced to the gathered editorial staff ‘I want to break the internet.’

He wrote: ‘They believed most of her contributions were superficial, lacking rhyme or reason. To avoid confrontation she was never asked to explain.’

Nelson Mandela: Anti-apartheid fighter jailed for the cause who became South Africa’s first black president 

Prince Charles along with the Spice Girls meeting with Nelson Mandela in 1997

Prince Charles along with the Spice Girls meeting with Nelson Mandela in 1997

Nelson Mandela was arguably the world’s most potent symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle against thanks to his courage in the face of persecution.

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He was known for trying to unite South Africa after its long history of division, and was affectionately known as ‘Madiba’, his clan name, meaning ‘grandfather’.

Mr Mandela guided South Africa towards multi-racial democracy, and was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule.

Upon becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994, he said: ‘The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.’

A year earlier, Mr Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with F.W. de Klerk, the white Afrikaner leader who freed him from jail.

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He became a global advocate of human dignity, before officially leaving public life in June 2004, telling his country: ‘Don’t call me. I’ll call you’.

Mr Mandela, who defended himself at his own treason trial in 1963, married three times and had more than 30 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He wed his first wife Evelyn Mase, who was a cousin of his political mentor Walter Sisulu, aged 26 – and they were married for 13 years, having four children.

His romance with second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was 16 years his junior, began while he was on trial for treason.

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However they also separated before Mr Mandela became president following political and personal differences.

He then married his third wife Graca Machel – widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel, who died in a plane crash – on his 80th birthday in 1998.

She already had six stepchildren and two of her own children, and helped him in his final years but admitted: ‘To see him ageing is something that pains you.’

Mr Mandela was treated in the 1980s for tuberculosis and had an operation to repair damage to his eyes as well as prostate cancer treatment in 2001.

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After his departure from politics, Mr Mandela gradually stepped away from the public eye and made his last significant public appearance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

His death came on the day the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the London premiere of biopic Long Walk to Freedom, in which Mr Mandela was played by Idris Elba.

Mr Mandela died at home in December 2013 aged 95 after a long battle with illness.

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