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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle join in Mandela celebrations

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex toured an exhibition about Nelson Mandela's life ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday

THE DUKE and Duchess of Sussex arrived at an exhibition to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s life this morning.

The couple attended the Southbank Centre to tour a major exhibition about Mandela’s life.

Housed in the centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition charts the late South African leader’s career from his activist days to his presidency, exploring the themes of character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman, the Evening Standard reported.

Lord Peter Hain, chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, said it will “depict the anti-apartheid freedom struggle and Mandela's vision of a non-racial rainbow democracy based upon justice, equality and human rights.”

He added: "We are delighted the Duke and Duchess will be supporting it."

As well as meeting with Mandela’s family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also met with those who have been instrumental in putting the themed panels together and the former South African president’s work.

Among the materials on display is a letter of thanks from Mandela to the British public, which was written on April 16 1990, the day he appeared at the concert held to honour him at Wembley.

Kensington Palace wrote on Twitter: “The @Mandela100UK Exhibition celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela and marks 100 years since he was born. It is jointly curated by the Apartheid Museum in South Africa, the British Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives, and the Southbank Centre.”

It is the first time that the exhibition, which has previously run around the world, is being shown in the UK.

The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition is free and open to the public from 4pm today until August 19.

July 18 would have been Mandela's 100th birthday.

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