In the wake of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan stepping back from royal duties, there’s been an onslaught of criticism regarding their decision and the speculation has been far and wide. One theory is that if they truly want to become financially independent, Meghan might have to make a return to the big screen. And that might actually happen.
While fans have made it clear they want Meghan back on their screens, The Times reported that she’s already got some projects in the works—including one with Disney. And while we don’t know if the Duchess of Sussex will be playing a Disney princess, we do know she will only be heard. In exchange for a donation from Disney to the charity Elephants Without Borders, she will reportedly do voiceover work for the entertainment giant.
The couple already have a little history with Disney. Harry and Meghan attended the European premiere of The Lion King in July, hanging with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and the rest of the cast of the live-action film. The red-carpet event was held in support of African Parks, a conservation organization of which Harry is president. And it seems that Harry and Meghan’s desire to “carve out a progressive new role” within the institution was in the works as far back as the summer, at least. In video that resurfaced over the weekend, Harry can be heard telling Disney CEO Bob Iger, “You know she does voiceovers,” gesturing to his wife, who was too busy with Beyoncé to back him up. Iger was surprised by that, to which Harry added, “She’s really interested.” And Iger agreed, saying, “Sure. We’d love to try.”
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Prior to his face time with Iger, Harry also co-hosted a fundraising event for National Geographic’s Into the Okavango, a documentary that follows a team of explorers as they try to save the river system that feeds into the Okavango Delta, one of the planet’s last wetland wildernesses and serves as the primary water source for a million people and is home to the world’s largest remaining elephant population. In case you didn’t know, National Geographic is also owned by Disney so perhaps that’s when it clicked in Harry’s head that he make a point to do some future networking with Iger.
Conservation has long been one of Harry’s passions, but it’s been on Meghan’s radar as well. During their 2017 trip to Botswana, the couple worked with Elephants Without Borders, and they shared photos from their experience on World Elephant Day in 2019.
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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
Meghan is, of course, no stranger in using the power of her voice for good so it’s little surprise that the voiceover work would have a charitable angle.