Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon MOCK Meghan Markle for 'tone-deaf' comparison to Nelson Mandela

The criticism from the hosts of 'Today' show came after the former 'Suit' actress’ interview on The Cut sparked backlash

Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon MOCK Meghan Markle for 'tone-deaf' comparison to Nelson Mandela
Meghan revealed that Prince Harry was very happy when he left Britain and was 'upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy just by existing'(screenshot from Today and Photo by Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images
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'Today' host Karl Stefanovic, who never leaves a chance to mock Meghan Markle, again targeted the Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday, August 29 after she compared herself to Nelson Mandela during her latest interview with the Cut Magazine.

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During an interview with the celebrated magazine The Cut, the Duchess of Sussex claimed that one of Lion King’s cast members told her when she got married to Prince Harry, the whole of South Africa danced on the street the same way they danced when Nelson Mandela got freed from the prison. This claim instantly made Stefanovic scoff during the episode.

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"It's hard to see how that would sit with [the Royal Family], especially the Mandela references," he remarked, as his co-host, Allison Langdon added, "That one, I feel, is tone-deaf."

While speaking to Nine's London correspondent Tracy Vo, Stefanovic joked about Meghan’s claim and said "I think [Meghan is] probably a little misunderstood, don't you reckon?" Responding to her co-anchor Langdon said "Oh, you're changing your tune, are you, Karl?" "Yeah, I think it's time to support her, especially after the Mandela comments. Anyone who compares themselves to Mandela, I think, is fair enough," he said, bursting into laughter.

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Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon mock Meghan Markle for comparing herself to Nelson Mandela (screenshot from Nine)
Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon mock Meghan Markle for comparing herself to Nelson Mandela (screenshot from Nine)

Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa spent 27 years of his life in prison for opposing South Africa's harsh apartheid system. After his release, he helped negotiate an end to apartheid before being the president.

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"Even if it was said... to share that... Anyway, they're living their "quiet life", as they wished," Langdon replied, rolling her eyes.

Meghan Markle gives another bombshell interview with The Cut and claims that she and Prince Harry upset the hierarchy just by existing. (The Cut)
Meghan Markle gives another bombshell interview with The Cut and claims that she and Prince Harry upset the hierarchy just by existing (The Cut)

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The criticism from the hosts came after the former 'Suit' actress’ interview on The Cut sparked backlash. Further in the interview, Meghan revealed that Prince Harry was very happy when he left Britain and was "upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy… just by existing" before they stepped down as frontline royals. The Cut reported that Meghan listed a "handful of princes and princesses and dukes who have the very arrangement they wanted," although none of these royals was named in the article.

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Meghan Markle hosts her podcast, 'The Archetypes' (Instagram/spotify)
Meghan Markle hosts her podcast, 'The Archetypes' (Instagram/spotify)

The interview with The Cut came out just days after Meghan received criticism for the claims she made on her Spotify podcast. In the latest episode of her podcast, Meghan revealed how she was forced to continue engagements on a royal tour in South Africa after a fire sparked in her newborn son Archie’s room. The Duchess also hit out at those who criticized her for being "ambitious" when she started dating Harry, in a chat with tennis legend Serena Williams.

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