Meghan Markle Just Announced Her First Post-Royal Gig—and It's With Disney
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are only a few weeks removed from their final engagements as senior working royals—and the duchess already has her next project lined up.
It's been rumored for a while now that Markle would be providing a voiceover for a Disney project, and now we have official confirmation, along with a release date. The former Suits actor is going back to her roots for Disneynature's Elephant, which will begin streaming on Disney+ on April 3. "Two new movies, two unforgettable journeys. Start streaming Disneynature’s Elephant, narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef, narrated by Natalie Portman, on April 3, only on #DisneyPlus," Disney posted in a tweet, along with a clip of the movies (though sadly not one where we can hear Markle's voice). The project, per People, will benefit Elephants Without Borders, a cause dear to the Sussexes.
We first heard rumblings about this collaboration last year, when the Sussexes attended the London premiere of Disney's The Lion King and the duke was overheard telling Disney CEO Bob Iger that his wife does voiceovers.
Back in August, Markle and (Prince) Harry shared never-before-seen photos of a 2017 trip to Africa where they worked with Elephants Without Borders. "Today is #WorldElephantDay and we are pleased to announce that since we followed our friends at @ElephantswithoutBorders (EWB) on Instagram in July, when we were celebrating the environment, you and our friend @TheEllenFund (@TheEllenShow) have spread the word and EWB have been able to help protect 25 elephants by fitting them with satellite navigation collars!" they wrote on Instagram.
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🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘 Today is #WorldElephantDay and we are pleased to announce that since we followed our friends at @ElephantswithoutBorders (EWB) on Instagram in July, when we were celebrating the environment, you and our friend @TheEllenFund (@TheEllenShow) have spread the word and EWB have been able to help protect 25 elephants by fitting them with satellite navigation collars! These collars allow the team at EWB to track the elephants, as well as to learn their essential migratory patterns to keep their corridors safe and open so future generations of elephants can roam freely. In honour of this amazing support, EWB have named their most recently collared Elephant…ELLEN! We can’t wait to see where she will go! 🐘 Two years ago on World Elephant Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Dr Chase to help in this conservation effort. Below, a few words from Mike and his partner Kelly at EWB: • ‘Today is a day to honor and celebrate the majestic elephant and to make a strong stand for conserving and protecting one of the world’s most beloved animals. elephants are intelligent, sentient beings capable of emotions from joy to grief. They are ‘environmental engineers,’ a key-stone umbrella species, and the fight to save them is in effect, a fight to save entire ecosystems and all wildlife. Today elephants are facing many challenges; habitat loss and competition for resources creates conflict with humans, climate change and fires destroy much needed resources and poaching for the demand of ivory makes elephants bigger targets than ever. African elephants are especially prone to human-wildlife conflict because of their large home ranges. Finding, preserving and creating elephant corridors is therefore of great importance in helping to maintain habitats suitable for movement and minimising human-elephant conflict. Corridors are a mitigation technique to better the livelihoods of local communities and the elephants themselves, by providing environment and ample space for wildlife to navigate from one habitat patch to another, without affecting the livelihoods of communities.’ • EWB – Dr Mike Chase, Ms Kelly Landen . 📸 by DOS © SussexRoyal Additional photos: EWB
This sounds like the perfect project for Meghan Markle. We can't wait to see what she books next. Maybe some acting will be in her future? We can only hope.
Elephant will begin streaming on Disney+ on April 3.
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