Lion King composer ‘can’t recall’ Mandela chat with Meghan after wedding claims

The Lion King composer who met Meghan Markle at the remake's London premiere in 2019 has said he doesn't remember talking about Nelson Mandela with her.

This comes after the Duchess of Sussex claimed a South African cast member at the premiere told her that people in the country celebrated her marriage to Prince Harry "the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison".

South African Lebohang Morake, 58, composed music for Disney's live action Lion King remake and attended the 2019 UK premiere.

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Today (September 1) Morake, who goes by Lebo M professionally, told the MailOnline: "Indeed I was at The Lion King 2019 premier and met the royals.

"I cannot comment on the matter as it was three years ago and I don’t remember details of that conversation which was less than a minute, except the royals were going to South Africa or Botswana."

Discussing the premiere in her recent bombshell interview with The Cut, Meghan said: "He [an unnamed South African cast member] looked at me, and he’s just like light.

"He said: '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.'"

Footage from the night shows Morake briefly meeting the royals. He can be heard saying: "It’s an honour to meet you. Everyone in South Africa’s heard of Meghan Markle."

This comes after Dr John Kani, a friend of Mandela who claims to be the only South African cast member of the film, revealed that he didn't attend the premiere and has never met Meghan.

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Speaking to the MailOnline, the Rafiki actor described Mandela's walk to freedom after 27 years as a "landmark moment".

In contrast, he said the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' 2018 wedding ceremony was "no big deal", adding that the two events "cannot be spoken in the same breath".


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