Meghan Markle's First Post-Royal Role Was Just Announced & It’s Big (Like *Disney* Big)
Meghan Markle’s last official day as a senior member of the royal family is just days away and she already has something major in the works.
Today, Disney announced that the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex is returning to the small screen with a new documentary called Elephant. Markle will narrate the upcoming Disneynature documentary, which is set to begin streaming on Disney+ on Friday, 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. pic.twitter.com/N0yW0e7Lv6? Disneynature (@Disneynature) March 26, 2020
Yes, the former Suits star’s inclusion in the upcoming project does give a nod to her pre-royal days as an actress, but she actually recorded her voiceover before she and her 35-year-old husband made the decision to step back from royal duty. The duchess became involved in the project last fall while residing in London and opted to donate her paycheck to Elephants Without Borders, a charitable organization that’s dedicated to conserving wildlife through research, education and information.
The organization (and conservation in general) has played a large role in Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship. In 2017, the then newish couple traveled to the African nation of Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders. According to People, Markle became aware of the Disney documentary through Dr. Chase and was soon asked by filmmakers Mark and Vanessa Berlowitz to do the narration. Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their intention to become financially independent from the royal family known, there are reportedly no other Disney projects with Markle in the works…yet.
Looks like we know what we’re doing come April 3. Hint: It’s going to be wild.