Duchess Meghan to voice upcoming Disney documentary on elephants

By Zach Harper

In January, it was reported Duchess Meghan would take on voiceover work with Disney in exchange for a charitable donation after she and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals, and now we know what that will look like.

The Duchess of Sussex will voice Disneynature's Elephants documentary, which will be available on its Disney+ streaming service on April 3.

The project will benefit Elephants Without Borders, a charity with which Harry and Meghan have been extensively involved in their work. The Duke of Sussex most recently visited the Elephants Without Borders team while he was in Botswana on his royal tour of Southern Africa last year.

According to the Telegraph, the film is about "a plucky elephant and his mother on an 'epic journey' across the Kalahari Desert." Meghan's audio was recorded last fall after she was shown footage and received a "direct request from filmmakers," the publication reports.

This news shouldn't be surprising to royals fans. Not only do Meghan and Harry have a strong interest in conservation, but it was reported Harry touted his wife's voiceover talents to Disney boss Bob Iger at the European premiere of The Lion King in London last summer. He told Bob that Meghan was very interested in any voiceover work.

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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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Fans of the couple will also remember that while they were dating, they travelled to the southern African country together in 2017 and helped EWB's Mike Chase in a conservation effort.

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry announced their intentions to step down from their senior royal roles and work toward "financial independence." Their final joint engagement was with other members of the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 9. The couple have since returned to Canada, where they're still reportedly living on Vancouver Island in a home in North Saanich. Baby Archie is with them.

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