In a couple of days, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially be non-royals with the removal of their HRH titles on March 31. With that, Disney+ is about to release its new projects in collaboration with the Duchess of Sussex, who will narrate a documentary, titled Elephant. So, how much will the former actress earn from this?
According to Mirror Online, the former Suits star won't receive any amount from her voiceover work in the upcoming Disney documentary. Why? Instead of paying the 38-year-old royal, the new streaming service donated to an elephant charity instead. It was said to be the deal between Meghan Markle and Disney.
Prince Harry's wife reportedly signed the deal in return for a donation to Elephants Without Borders, a conservationist group that protects elephants from poachers. Meghan Markle, reportedly, did the recording in London, before they left Canada to begin their six-week holiday break last year.
"Disneynature's Elephant, an Original Movie narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, starts streaming April 3, only on #DisneyPlus," Disney announced on Twitter. The mass media company also dropped the documentary's official trailer, but it didn't include Meghan Markle's narration yet.
The voiceover work is Meghan Markle's first venture after she stepped down as a senior royal and after she gave up her Hollywood career to marry Prince Harry and join the royal family. The documentary follows the story of an elephant family that will travel 1,000 miles across Africa to be in a place that will change their lives forever.
So, how did Meghan Markle get the deal? Celebrity Insider revealed that it all happened when Prince Harry and wife attended the premiere of The Lion King remake in London. At the time, the sixth in line to the throne talked to Disney CEO Bob Iger and told him Meghan does voiceover works.
After the talk and the known support of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Elephants Without Borders, filmmakers Mark and Vanessa Berlowitz reached Meghan. They asked if she wanted to do voiceover work for a documentary about elephants. From here, the rest is history.
Meghan Markle, reportedly, saw the footage of the documentary when she and her husband visited Botswana in 2017 with Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders. At the time, they also helped with the conservation effort.
Prince Harry has been open to his love for conservation work in Africa, and he manages to share it with Meghan Markle. He is also the president of African Parks and patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana. He even often visits the country and refers to it as his "second home."