Harry and Meghan are working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a “leadership development project”.

Harry and Meghan are working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a “leadership development project”.

REFUSED: Harry and Meghan are working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a secret “leadership development project” through the company Archewell – and it was the South African UN ambassador who arranged their trip to give a speech

  • Harry and Meghan were nominated as speakers by the Nelson Mandela Foundation “in the context of their ongoing project”, DailyMail.com may reveal
  • The couple is working on a ‘leadership development project’ together with charities
  • It is unclear when the project will be announced or what form it will take
  • That explains the choice of Harry as a speaker at the UN Mandela Day event
  • The arrangements for the couple’s trip were made by Mathu Joyini, South Africa’s UN Ambassador, and her office
  • It is still unclear whether Harry and Meghan took a private jet – as they have done in the past – or a commercial flight

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were nominated as speakers at the UN Nelson Mandela celebration as part of an ongoing, secret project with the Nelson Mandela Foundation organized through their company Archewell, DailyMail.com can reveal.

The couple was also brought to New York City by the office of the South African UN ambassador, Mathu Joyini, although it is still unclear whether they traveled by private jet or on a commercial plane.

Harry’s speech was given “in connection with the foundation already working with their company Archewell on a Mandela-related project,” a spokesman for the foundation said on Tuesday.

They declined to give more details since the project has not yet been announced, but said it was rooted in “leadership development”.

Harry and Meghan are working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a “leadership development project”.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the UN in New York City on Monday. Harry was the keynote speaker at the UN Nelson Mandela International Day event

An Archewell spokesman did not immediately respond to inquiries.

That explains Harry’s choice to speak at the UN – something that confused some savvy people and stunned members of the South African media.

The arrangements were made by Mathu Joyini, South Africa's Ambassador to the UN, and her office

The arrangements were made by Mathu Joyini, South Africa’s Ambassador to the UN, and her office

Harry used his 15-minute speech to paralyze the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs. Wade, and to preach about climate change.

He talked about his mother, the late Princess Diana, and her bond with Mandela, and his love for Africa, where he said he realized he had a “soulmate” in Meghan.

Meghan looked on proudly from the sparse crowd.

Archewell is the couple’s charity and umbrella brand under which they have launched podcasts and a Netflix series.

There are three departments of the company; Archewell Foundation, Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio.

It is unclear which part the project with the Mandela Foundation falls under.

Ndaba Mandela, the granddaughter of the civil rights icon, said Monday night that Harry and Meghan were “worlds apart from” his grandfather.

Harry used his 15-minute speech to paralyze the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe vs.  Wade, and to preach about climate change

Harry used his 15-minute speech to paralyze the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs. Wade, and to preach about climate change

Harry and Meghan's company, Archewell, has three branches - the charity, the production department and a podcast arm

Harry and Meghan’s company, Archewell, has three branches – the charity, the production department and a podcast arm

“They can not be compared on any level,” he said during a performance on Piers Morgan’s talk TV show Uncensored.

“There are no parallels at all.

“Because you will see that one is obviously fighting for the dignity of black people against an evil tyrant like Apartheid, as opposed to one who finds his identity outside a mentioned institution.

“Obviously these are very different things,” he said.

The South African newspaper The Sunday Times jokingly compared Harry’s situation to Mandela’s, calling Harry ‘the Duke of LA’

“He is in exile. Just like Madiba. No, sorry, of course, he was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island. Same, like-ish.

“Harry is imprisoned in his gilded amusement palace in Montecito with a podcast plan and a documentary team following him around.”

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