Meghan Markle First Post-Royal Gig Is Narrating a Disney Documentary on Elephants

There has been a ton of speculation surrounding Meghan, Duchess of Sussex‘s first big move now that she is no longer a senior working member of the British royal family. We’d know for some time that the duchess has snagged a voice-over role with Disney. Now we know exactly what that role is.

Now that the duchess is no longer beholden to the rules and regulations of royal life, she is free is to explore her passions in a less confining manner. Prior to getting engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, the American-born duchess had a starring role in the long-running USA drama, Suits. She was also extremely passionate about her charity work.

Now, with this new Disney documentary on elephants, it appears that Meghan is combining her passions in a way that we never expected.

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Ladies who launch! This afternoon in the Woodstock district of Cape Town, The Duchess of Sussex joined inspiring female entrepreneurs who shared their passion for ideas, technology and making a positive social impact. Each of the women shared amazing stories of how they started in business, the journey they’ve been on – successes and struggles – but also their ambitions for the future. Female empowerment and championing women’s rights is a key focus for The Duchess. By taking small actions we can make a big difference. Thank you to the inspiring women The Duchess met today, who are setting this example every day through their dedication and determination. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images / Sussex Royal

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Meghan Markle might be interested in returning to Hollywood

Though it’s doubtful that she will ever return to a show as a series regular, the Duchess of Sussex might be considering a return to Hollywood.

“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.”

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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

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Meghan Markle doesn’t care what anyone says about her

As she embarks on a new phase of her life, the Duchess of Sussex is more than aware that her choices will be analyzed and scrutinized. However, outside of the glaring spotlight of royal life, she is more than prepared for that.

“From the moment that I found a wife that was strong enough to be able to stand up for what we believe in together, has basically scared them so much that they’ve now come out incredibly angry, they’ve come out fighting, and all they will try and do now is try and destroy our reputation and try and, you know, sink us,” Prince Harry explained candidly in a leaked phone call. “But what they don’t understand is the battle we are fighting against them is far more than just us. Even though they want to make it personal they are scared because we are some of the first two people willing to stand up to their bullying and my wife, we can’t stand back. It hasn’t been very nice. It’s been horrible but we will come out of it stronger people.”

Meghan Markle is voicing the Disneynature documentary ‘Elephant’

The Duchess of Sussex’s latest project will debut sooner than later. Disney just announced that Meghan will narrate Disneynature’s Elephant streaming April 3 on Disney+.

The official description for the film reads, “Elephant follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make 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.”

The Duchess of Sussex has always been passionate about Elephants. In 2017, she along with Prince Harry traveled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders. The proceeds from Meghan’s work on this film will go directly to the charity.

Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef, narrated by Natalie Portman will also premiere on the same date.

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Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new life

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped a royal bomb in January 2020 with the following announcement: 

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote in a statement. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”

The statement continued, “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

With their so-called “Megxit” officially taking effect March 31, 2020, they spent their time leading up to it in Canada with son Archie, and completed their final official royal duties in early March 2020. What is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new quasi-commoner life like now?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't allowed to brand themselves as Sussex Royal anymore

One of the most immediate changes for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their internet-breaking announcement was a superficial one: What would we call them? The Daily Mail reported that despite Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attempting to trademark the name “Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” they wouldn’t be able to use “Sussex Royal” in their branding. A source told the outlet, “In many ways this is inevitable given their decision to step down, but it must surely come as a blow to the couple as they have invested everything into the Sussex Royal brand The Queen would have had little choice, however.”

Speaking with NBC News, a rep for the Sussexes said that the trademarks were merely filed as a protective measure to keep anyone else from using “Sussex Royal,” but that they’d dropped the filings. Still, in a statement on the Sussex Royal website, the couple noted, in part, that “there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas.'” The statement also noted that Harry and Meghan had no intention of using “any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory”, and would abide by a mandated “12-month review period” before finding “employment outside of the institution.” You can almost taste the salt, but they relented, and “HRH” (Her Royal Highness) has noticeably been removed from Duchess Meghan’s patronage Smart Works website.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were sad to leave the royal family, but didn't feel supported there

Sources told People that the decision for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to leave their roles as senior royals wasn’t an easy one. “It’s bittersweet for Meghan and Harry,” the insider said. “It’s been really sad for them, because they tried.” Still, the insider added, “This is what Meghan and Harry have always wanted — to create their own life. It’s got to feel like an immense relief to get out of the U.K. and go down their own path.”

However, a source told Us Weekly that forging their own way forward wasn’t their only reasoning behind Megxit, and that Prince Harry may have been more angry than weepy upon the couples’ resignation. The press had been particularly ruthless towards the former Suits actress, and Prince Harry got fed up. “When it became clear Meghan was never going to get a fair shake, Harry snapped,” the insider alleged, adding, “He’s adamant that it was his call to move to Canada.” 

One British journalist opined to Vanity Fair that the racism and sexism directed at Duchess Meghan in the press was too much for the Sussexes to bear — and that there may have been some disappointment in the Queen not addressing Meghan’s treatment publicly to help her.

Prince Harry: 'Sometimes the right decision isn't always the easy one.'

Prince Harry has made plenty of on-the-record statements about the couple’s reasoning behind Megxit. However, it was in conversations recorded at the end of 2019 and early 2020, that Prince Harry confessed to who he thought was climate change activist Greta Thunberg and her father that he felt like he had to step down as a senior royal in order to protect Meghan Markle and son Archie from the outside world. Unfortunately, the conversation was actually with Russian pranksters posing as the real-life Swedish superhero and her dad. 

In any case, Prince Harry told who he believed was Thunberg (via The Sun), “Sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one. And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son. And I think there’s a hell of a lot of people around the world that can identify and respect us for putting our family first.” He also admitted that “marrying a prince or a princess is not all it is made out to be.” Prince Harry also admitted in the call that living a low-key life was much preferable for him than being a royal.

Queen Elizabeth sympathizes with Harry and Meghan

Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the U.K. and their senior royal roles, sources say that the other royals, especially Queen Elizabeth II, still adore them. A friend of the royal family told People that the Sussexes are still “much loved members of the family” despite the tension surrounding Megxit, adding, “That stuff runs deep. There is an element of working things through.” The insider said there absolutely was a lot of hurt initially, but that the brood is collaborating well and “kindly” as they work to map out the Sussexes’ future.

Sources told The Sun that Prince Harry enjoyed a heart-to-heart with Queen Elizabeth II over lunch before his and Duchess Meghan’s final royal engagements, and that the queen’s invitation for them to join her at a church service in honor of a fallen soldier was a pointedly kind move. “It was a very moving moment, and a poignant service — and the royals met the family of the soldier afterwards to offer their support.” The source added that the entire service and interaction between the royals was a “respectful” one.

Royal biographer Robert Lacey offered yet another perspective on the queen’s grace towards her grandson and his bride, telling People, “She has a particular sensitivity to what Harry has been going through because of her closeness to Margaret and seeing the same dramas and tensions played out two generations ago.”

Are Prince William and Prince Harry still beefing?

Though Queen Elizabeth II and other royals may still have a soft spot for Prince Harry, his big brother Prince William may having a harder time adjusting to Megxit. Numerous reports claim that Prince William was furious with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from senior royal duties, but their issues reportedly started much earlier, allegedly when Prince William first warned Prince Harry that his relationship with the former actress and lifestyle blogger was moving too quickly. 

In April 2019, sources told the Daily Mail that Prince Harry and Prince William had reconciled. But that October, Prince Harry admitted in an ITV documentary that he and William were “on different paths at the moment,” and in January 2020, when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan revealed they’d be stepping down, insiders said there was additional strain. “This is not how they wanted to handle this, but Meghan and Harry’s hand was forced,” a source told People. “There is so much bad blood in that family — it’s toxic. If relationships had been better, things would have been different.”

In any case, a source told People in a separate report that Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship is now “forever changed,” adding, “They won’t get back to the way they were. Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family. He’s not looking back.”

Kate Middleton probably won't hang out with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle much

Kate Middleton likely isn’t a big part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s life anymore, either. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Sussexes celebrated Commonwealth Day in March 2020, there was what many interpreted to be visible tension between the couples. During a very brief interaction at the Queen’s procession in Westminster Abbey, Prince William could be seen greeting Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan momentarily, but it appears Duchess Catherine doesn’t even make eye contact with the pair. At other times during the ceremony, Middleton can be seen speaking to the Earl and Countess of Wessex sitting next to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, but doesn’t appear to interact with the Duke or Duchess of Sussex at all.

A royal insider told Vanity Fair of Middleton’s frosty interactions with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, “Possibly she was tired but she didn’t look overjoyed. To be honest I think Kate has taken it all badly. She, Harry and William were once such a happy trio, she thinks what has happened is all very sad.” Meanwhile, a source told Us Weekly that Middleton was exhausted, and that she misses her bond with Prince Harry and “fears she’ll never be close with him again” — but when it comes to Meghan, “They couldn’t be further apart.”

Much of the Sussexes' Buckingham Palace staff didn't make it through Megxit

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had to let go of most of their U.K. palace staff upon their exit from their senior royal roles. Page Six reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex threw a farewell party for their employees in early March 2020, and that their staffers were weepy at the luncheon in their honor. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan had a staff of 15, but most of them became redundant once the couple crossed the pond. This includes their star-studded communications team, led by Sara Latham, who previously worked for Hillary Clinton and the Obamas.

“Harry and Meghan have often done fun things like throwing pizza parties or hiring ice cream trucks for their staff, but they wanted to do something special going into this last week together,” a source told Page Six. “They toasted the team and thanked them for everything they have done. Some of the staffers cried. They’ve all been through so much together and the staff have been working around the clock to make sure this last visit was as seamless as possible. Meghan and Harry really wanted to show their appreciation, they know how hard everyone has worked.”

It’s unknown which, if any, staffers Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will take with them to Canada — but if tabloid reports about the Sussexes being difficult bosses are to be believed, the axed employees may or may not be dodging a bullet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are embracing their privacy in Canada

As of this writing, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are residing in a friend’s mansion on Vancouver Island in Canada, in part because of the privacy the area affords.

British Columbia has a special Privacy Act providing protection from the British press, People reports. Privacy expert David Fraser explained to the magazine, “It specifically says that surveillance can be a form of privacy invasion.” He added, “Privacy is also one of the only areas of law that protects a certain set of feelings related to being surveilled or being ‘creeped out.’ So, if you think you’re alone and somebody steps out from a shadow, that jarring feeling of intrusion is something that privacy law increasingly is protecting.”

Duchess Meghan has been spotted on hikes with her dogs, security team, and baby Archie in tow. In one particular excursion, Duchess Meghan appeared to smile seemingly right at the paparazzi’s lenses, as captured by photos and video published in the Daily Mail. She later threatened to pursue legal action over the pictures, according to Harper’s Bazaar, which reported that the Sussexes’ legal team alleged that the photos violated her rights and that the paparazzi action was “alarming.” On another calmer trip, People reported that Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, and her Suits co-star Abigail Spencer sweetly helped a couple of fellow hikers take a photo.

Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle considering a move to California?

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spending most of their time in Canada with baby Archie, as of this writing, they’re rumored to be eyeing properties in Duchess Meghan’s native California as well. People reported that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are looking forward to spending time in Los Angeles this summer where Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, lives, with a source telling the magazine that the Sussexes will likely have properties in both places.

A source also told E! News, “They have started to look at homes online and are in the process of interviewing security teams. They are getting their ducks in a row and seeing if it’s logistically possible.” The couple have a few “non-negotiables” for their future stateside home. “Meghan would like to be able to do meetings at the house and also be able to host friends and entertain,” the insider said. “Those are two things that are important to her.”

Before purchasing a property, the Daily Mail reported, the couple may rent a palatial pad in Malibu, previously inhabited by Kylie Jenner. The home, called the Petra Manor, has high ceilings, an amazing pool, tennis courts, a home theater and a big kitchen with two islands.

Meghan Markle may want to go back into showbiz

A big reason why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may want to settle in Los Angeles, Calif., besides having her only non-estranged family member there: Some reports suggest the former Suits actress wants to dip her toes back into her Hollywood life. The Sun reported that Markle is eager to meet with agents and to form a professional team in the City of Angels, but that she’s unlikely to appear in scripted works. 

“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,” a source said, adding, “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.” 

According to the U.K.’s Sunday Times, Duchess Meghan is already slated to do voiceover work for Disney in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders.

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