Meghan Markle's first post-royal job has been revealed, and it involves Disney and, non-surprisingly, a very good cause
The Duchess of Sussex, who will be stepping down as a senior royal from March 31st, will be narrating a new documentary called Elephant. It follows a family of elephants who go on an extraordinary 1000 mile journey across Africa, which promises to take them on an adventure that will change their lives.
The announcement, which came via the Disney Nature Twitter account, revealed the original movie will be available to stream on Disney+ from April 3rd.
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In January, it was reported Meghan had signed the deal in exchange for a donation to charity Elephants Without Borders, which is a conservation project that she and Prince Harry have worked closely with in the past.
However, news of the collaboration with Disney was spoken of earlier in the year as People revealed she recorded the voiceover months before the official decision to step back as senior royals was announced.
Meghan reportedly became aware of the project through mutual friends of Dr Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders, who she met when she and Harry travelled to Botswana in 2017.
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
A fresh start
Back in January, following their new arrangement, their new titles will be Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, though Harry will remain a Prince. They will repay the £2.4m public funds used to refurbish Frogmore House, their official residence in Windsor, which will largely remain empty as they spend the majority of their time in Canada – and they will pay their own rent on the property.
They will no longer receive public funding through the Sovereign Grant, although will remain funded privately by the Prince of Wales.
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They will retain their patronages, but Harry, a former soldier, will have to give up his honorary military titles, including that of captain-general of the Royal Marines, passed on to him by Prince Philip.
Though “required” to step down from royal duties, they will still be able to attend family occasions, such as Trooping the Colour. They can no longer represent the Queen in any official capacity, something they had to sacrifice with the use of 'HRH' titles in order to gain "complete and absolute” freedom from Buckingham Palace and financial scrutiny over commercial deals.
The pair will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations — the duke currently holds 16 patronages, including the Invictus Games Foundation, the Royal Marines and the Rugby Football League; and the duchess four — the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London-based animal charity Mayhew, and women's charity Smart Works.
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