There are certain historical figures and events from which we should all avoid drawing comparisons, and when one does make such a mistake, one should expect their credibility to be severely damaged or destroyed. Meghan Markle – who is also known as both The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s boss – is getting schooled on that lesson this week.
When trying to illustrate how evil and oppressive a situation might be, one should stay away from equating it to the Holocaust. There was only one Holocaust, thank heavens, and six million dead Jews were left behind as a result. There has never been anything even remotely similar to the Holocaust, and we pray there never will be. Similarly, if one is trying to convey how virtuous and religious another person may be, it’s a bad idea to compare the person to Jesus Christ. Jesus was as unique as a human being can be, and we won’t see the likes of him again until… well, until he comes again.
And when one is looking to compare their own experiences to someone else’s in an effort to demonstrate their significance or oppression, it’s never a good idea to suggest that those experiences are in any way relatable to the late South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela spent almost 28 years in prison as a political victim of a genuinely racist, white supremacist regime (not the mythical type that resides in the imaginations of American leftists), and is considered one of the most heroic figures of the 20th century.
Yet it is Nelson Mandela to whom Markle inexplicably attempted to liken her own experiences, and none other than Mandela’s own grandson masterfully put Markle in her place.
According to The List:
“Her specific quote was about seeing ‘Lion King’ in London in 2019. ‘I just had Archie. It was such a cruel chapter. I was scared to go out,’ she said. That’s when, according to the mom of two, a cast member from the production who was from South Africa and was ‘just like light’ said to her, ‘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.'”
Firstly, call us skeptical that such an exchange even took place. Ms. Markle has a tendency to make assertions that seem highly improbable, and we’d cite as an example, among others, her claim last year that members of the royal family wondered aloud what color her child’s skin would be once he was born. But even if such a discussion did take place in London, the fact that Meghan Markle believes that conversation deserves to be pointed out shows how tone-deaf the princess truly is.
And Nelson Mandela’s grandson drove this point home perfectly:
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“Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela, whose grandfather was Nelson Mandela, noted his shock over hearing Meghan Markle’s comments surrounding his heroic family member.
‘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.’”
The reality is, there may be no one in either America or the U.K. whose life experiences have been less like that of Nelson Mandela than Meghan Markle. Consider:
– Nelson Mandela endured almost three decades of harsh imprisonment, whereas Meghan Markle quite literally lives like a princess.
– Nelson Mandela showed his courage and fortitude by making peace with his former captors to achieve a peaceful transfer of power, whereas Meghan Markle goes on TV interviews with Oprah to complain about how difficult her life is.
– Nelson Mandela demonstrated incredible skills as both a leader and statesman, whereas Meghan Markle was a mediocre actress whose only real accomplishment was being able to convince the clownish Prince Harry to marry her.
– And Nelson Mandela put the interests of his fellow South Africans before his own which is why he is now considered the father of his country, whereas Meghan Markle clearly cares about herself, first and foremost – and maybe Prince Harry if he’s not pissing her off at any given moment.
So, bravo to Zwelivelile Mandela. And to Meghan Markle, we have a suggestion: The next time you feel the need to compare yourself to a well-known, historical figure, leave Nelson Mandela out of it and call attention to someone with whom you share many more similarities… perhaps, say, Marie Antoinette, for instance.
By Jess Lawson
Jess Lawson is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative and a passionate, conservative millennial who loves America.
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