I am delighted the person giving the keynote speech for Nelson Mandela Day at the UN General Assembly on Monday is Prince Harry. Sorry, I might have his title wrong — isn't he now styled the Duke of LA? This charming chap embodies, almost perfectly, everything Mandela stood for.
They were both sporting fellows — Madiba liked boxing and Harry loves polo. To be fair, his team, helmed by that dreamy Nacho Figueras, hasn't been doing as well as expected given the time and effort the good Duke has expended on the Sport of Kings, and his commendable handicap, but give the guy a chance. He's been battling the forces of evil. Just like Mandela, he's been through a lot.
As told to Oprah in his cri du coeur interview, his family and the British press have been giving him and his lovely wife Meghan such a hard time. All they wanted was to represent. And bring some fast-paced LA management style to the fuddy-duddy palace. What do they get for trying to do their thing for world peace and glad-hand all over the place as lovely representatives of the B list? Backlash, that’s what!
To top it all, the rumour mill has it that some nasty toff — a duchess or lord or someone very senior in the Firm — said something horrid about Meghan and the prospective royal babies. And you know what? They just had to leave. It was too much to bear. I mean, I could have told them, given Prince Harry’s extended family history and their rather unseemly scramble for Africa.