In Memoriam

03.03.14

Prince Harry Attends Mandela Memorial in London

Desmond Tutu quielty attacks British and American hostility to Mandela

Prince Harry this morning attended a memorial for Nelson Mandela in London.

Harry, representing the Queen, joined senior politicians including David Cameron at the service in Westminster Abbey celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5 aged 95.

The service heard South African singing and drumming and an address to the congregation by Kgalema Motlanthe, South African deputy president, and Peter Hain MP, the veteran anti-apartheid campaigner.

In an address to the congregation, Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town thanked "splendid" and "amazing" anti-apartheid campaigners for their efforts in changing the "moral climate" over apartheid.

"What would have happened had Mandela died in prison as was the intention and hope of the upholders of apartheid," he said. "I suppose most would have regarded him as no better than a terrorist - after all, persons in high positions in Britain and the US did dismiss him as such."