Meghan Markle has reportedly signed with a different kingdom: Disney.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shocked the world this week when they announced their decision to step back from their roles as senior royals. In a statement via Instagram, the couple said they're working to become financially independent—and now, we might know how they're taking steps to do that.
According to The Sunday Times, the duchess has reportedly signed a deal with Disney to some voiceover work. And it turns out Harry got the ball rolling. Let’s take it back to the London premiere of The Lion King in July 2019. Meghan and Harry stepped on to the gold carpet and were joined by royalty of a different kind, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. While Meghan was busy arranging playdates between Archie, Rumi and Sir, Harry had other plans. And it turns out Harry got the ball rolling, as heard in a resurfaced video of him chatting with Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger. He made a beeline for Iger, with that “my wife is talented” look in his eyes, and got to work.
"You know she does voiceovers," Harry says in the clip. A delighted Iger looks surprised but intrigued, so Meghan’s husband continues shouting out our girl, saying that’s “she’s really interested” in the work.
"Sure," Iger appears to reply. "We'd love to try." And bam, just like that Meghan was in. But here's the thing: The Sussexes won't be profiting from this deal. Instead, Disney has agreed to make a donation to Elephants Without Borders, an organization that helps protect the animals from poaching, in exchange for the Duchess's work.
Per Today, Meghan has already completed her voiceover gig before Christmas.
Neither Disney nor Markle have confirmed such a deal exists and the details about the project have not yet been revealed, but it would mark the return of Markle's acting career. This alleged collaboration also points to the pair's desire to use their celebrity status to help their favourite charities and also sheds some light on how the royals plan to support themselves.
The real lesson to learn here: if your partner doesn’t
look at you get you work like Harry did Meghan, get a new one.
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