After three years within the royal fold following her engagement and subsequent marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has returned to Hollywood. Following Megxit, and her move back to her hometown, Los Angeles, California the duchess is already getting to work.
Last year, the Duchess of Sussex inked a voiceover role with Disney. She narrated the Disneynature film, Elephant for Disney+ in return for a donation to the organization Elephants Without Borders. Now, after much anticipation, the documentary has been released to the world, and we’re getting to see the duchess’ first post-royal project for ourselves.
In turns out that Prince Harry was also very much involved in Elephant, in fact, his guidance helped the duchess in one major area.
Meghan Markle’s work with Disney may give us some insight into how she will approach her post-royal life
The Duchess of Sussex’s work with Disney may give us some indication about the types of projects she’s looking to take on amid Megxit. We know that she and Prince Harry won’t be taking on any projects that joke about the royal family in any way. Also, we know that elephants are greatly important to the duo, which is why this documentary was the perfect fit.
“Meghan remains hugely ambitious and is very open-minded to a return to acting which is what she knows, loves and does best,” an alleged insider told The Sun. “Her preference is to explore the route of a documentary in which she is able to follow up some of the causes she is interested in. This wish has been the focus of some of her most recent meetings and will likely shape the kind of work the agent Meghan goes with seeks to get for her. She is very excited about what the future holds.”
Inside Disneynature’s ‘Elephant’
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex narrates the entire 90-minute documentary which is now on Disney+. The official description for the film reads, “Elephant follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd makes an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert. Led by their great matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources, and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.”
In the film, you can hear Meghan saying lines like, “It’s time for an elephant feast!” “The mud has a dark side.” “That’s a crocodile! Probably best to stick with the herd.” “The death of a matriarch is a momentous event in his young life.” “A little extra protein never hurt anyone.” “She has her hands full trying to raise her 1-year-old son. And this kid is a handful.”
At one point te duchess even narrates an elephant passing gas saying, “Oh, dear. Ah, who did that?”
Prince Harry advised on Meghan Markle’s ‘Elephant’
Though this is the duchess’ project, the Duke of Sussex is also passionate about elephants having visited Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders many times.
It turns out that the duke was in the recording booth with his wife when she recorded the project in the fall of 2019. “It was amazing having [Harry] there,” filmmaker Vanessa Berlowitz told People. “He had a connection to Botswana, of course. Meghan was absolutely intrigued by the elephants and transfixed, especially by the female empowerment side. How important the matriarchs are to the story; it really is all about female leadership. It’s a different form of power—it’s about consensual leadership. It’s also very inclusive, as well—very contemporary. She was absolutely fascinated by that.” Filmmaker Mark Linfield added, “Harry was correcting her pronunciation!”
Still, the duchess was so passionate about the project that she even improvised. “She made it her own,” said filmmaker Roy Conli. “I always say, ‘If you feel something, do it, make it organic.’ She’s such a diligent professional and she wanted to get it right. It was a delight all the way around.”