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Saturday, November 1, 1997 Published at 19:31 GMT

Despatches: Africa

PUBLISHED AT 19:34 GMT Saturday, November 1, 1997: PAUL REYNODS
Paul Reynods
From Pretoria

In South Africa the Prince of Wales, President Nelson Mandela and the Spice Girls all met up at the Presidential House in Pretoria in advance of a charity concert at which the singers were to perform. Our correspondent Paul Reynolds was there for this unusual photo event:-

The enounter brought together two of the icons of the modern world, Nelson Mandela and the Spice Girls and it was the third participant, Prince Charles, who was the link. The singers are to perform for a charity concert in Johannesburg in support of South Africa's nation trust modelled on the Prince's Trust. It was an informal free-wheeling photo opportunity during which the Spice Girls linked arms with Nelson Mandela and then with a more reserved looking Prince of Wales. It ended with kisses all round. President Mandela was asked for his opinion of the girls. Entering into the spirit of the thing, Prince Charles added that it was second greatest moment, the best being his first meeting with them. Then there was some more banter. The Prince's association with these very contemporary figures is important for his work and, one has to say, for his image as he continues his tour of South Africa.

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