Meghan And Harry's important London visit

Katie Frost
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From Cosmopolitan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will show their support for a major new show celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela this month.

The couple will visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition when it opens at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 17 July, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

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The free exhibition, which will run in London until 19 August, explores the life and times of the South African political leader in the year marking the centenary of his birth. It is based around six different themes - character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman.

During their tour of the event, Harry and Markle will meet with people associated with the exhibition and with Mandela's work. Guests will include Andrew Mlangeni, who spent 26 years imprisoned on Robben Island, and Thembi Tambo, South Africa's High Commissioner to the UK and daughter of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, who was a close colleague of Mandela.

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Harry's attendance at the official opening follows his 2008 tour of Africa, when he paid a visit to the prison cell in Robben Island which was Nelson Mandela's home for 18 years. 'Harry has read Mandela's autobiography and idolises him,' an Army colleague said at the time, The Telegraph reported.

It's not the only time we'll get to see the new Duke and Duchess in the coming weeks. The couple will attend the 'Your Commonwealth' Youth Challenge Reception at Marlborough House in London on Thursday evening before they head off on a two-day trip to Ireland the following week.

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