Lion King composer has no recollection of Meghan Markle conversation in which she was compared to Nelson Mandela

In the interview, the Duchess recalled how a Lion King cast member compared her wedding to the freedom of Nelson Mandela

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The Lion King composer has spoken out about his meeting with Meghan Markle at the premiere of the film in 2019.

Lebohang Morake, a Grammy award-winning composer, who composed the music for the Lion King film in 2019 and met Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the premiere, says his conversation with the couple was short and doesn't remember a cast member comparing her to Nelson Mandela.

It comes after Meghan, whose new podcast has been a huge success, told the Cut magazine that a cast member of the film compared her wedding to the freedom of Nelson Mandela. Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela has since said that the two events should never be compared to each other. 

In her interview with The Cut magazine, as well as talking about her bittersweet return to Frogmore Cottage, Meghan claims that someone from the cast of the Lion King said to her at the premiere, "I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison."

However, Lebohang Morake, denies it was him, after he telling the MailOnline recently, "Indeed I was at The Lion King 2019 premier and met the Royals. I cannot comment on the matter as it was three years ago and I don’t remember details of that conversation which was less than a minute, except the Royals were going to South Africa or Botswana."

In a video showing him meeting them, back in 2019, he says, "It’s an honour to meet you. Everyone in South Africa’s heard of Meghan Markle." While the composer also comments on their Southern Africa trip, after Harry talks about it, saying, "Oh, fantastic. Better be seeing you then".

Harry and Meghan Lion King

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Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela, who is the grandson of Nelson Mandela has also commented on her claim, saying, “Nelson Mandela’s release from jail was the culmination of nearly 350 years of struggle in which generations of our people paid with their lives. It can never be compared to the celebration of someone’s wedding.”

Meghan also hinted she could be returning to Instagram in the same interview. As part of her in-depth interview with The Cut, Meghan divulged that her return to social media could be on the horizon. 

Speaking to the publication, the Duchess of Sussex said, "Do you want to know a secret? 'I'm getting back...on Instagram'. For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time," she told People back in 2020.

She added, "I had a personal account years ago, which I closed down, and then we had one through the institution and our office that was in the U.K. that wasn’t managed by us, that was a whole team. So I think that comes with the territory for the job you have."

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