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Once Upon A Time: A Duchess' Journey To Working For Disney

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By Savannah Pointer

Meghan Markle made headlines when it was announced that the Duchess of Sussex was going to be working again, this time doing voiceover work for Disney in their upcoming documentary.

The actress-turned royalty has been off the small screen in a working capacity since her departure from the show Suits before she married Prince harry in 2018. However, the new mother has indicated that she plans to do more work now that she’s made her way back to the United States.

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Harry Reportedly Spoke to Disney’s CEO About the Position

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A video recently surfaced that showed the prince and his wife talking with the Disney CEO Bob Iger at the premier of The Lion King in July of 2019.

According to Hello Magazine the video shows the prince telling Iger: "You know she does voiceovers?" while gesturing towards Meghan, who stood near by in conversation with Beyonce and Jay-Z.

"Oh really? I did not know that," the Disney chief replied according to Hello Magazine.

"You seem surprised," Harry responded, before adding: "But yeah, she's really interested." When the conversation concluded Iger told Harry: "Sure, we'd love to try."

The Duchess Recorded For The New Film Elephants

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According to Hello Magazine, Markle recorded her part of the show in the fall of 2019 after she was approached by filmmakers, Mark and Vanessa Berlowitz sometime in the summer. The film will be available on Disney + on April 3rd.

“Meghan had been aware of the film for some time and had seen some of the footage taken over a few years, so the team thought she would be a good fit for the narration given her passion for the subject,” the publication reported.

The Film Follows a 1000-Mile Journey For Elephants

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According to the film’s trailer, it "follows one family's extraordinary 1,000-mile journey across Africa on an adventure that will change their lives." Markle donated her earnings from the project to a wildlife charity, Elephants Without Borders.

However, that isn’t the only charitable project the duke and duchess have been in the process of growing the pair reportedly poached a staffer from the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation to run their charity, according to Page Six.

“Hours after we confirmed they had fled their Canadian bolthole for a new full-time home in Los Angeles, it was revealed they have hired Catherine St-Laurent as chief of staff and executive director of their nonprofit enterprise,” Page Six reported.

“St-Laurent, a mom of two, is currently director at Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ women and families foundation.”

The Couple Are ‘Embarking on a New Chapter’

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“Beginning next week I will be acting as Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the new non-profit enterprise for Meghan M and Harry,” the former Bill and Melinda Gates staffer said in her email.

“They are embarking on a new chapter themselves and I am thrilled to be able to play a supporting role in realizing their vision and enabling them to achieve impact on the issues that matter most to them.”

The new charity being run by Meghan and Harry is going to be somewhat different than traditional charitable enterprises in a few notable ways, according to a source cited by Page Six. Meghan and Harry are reportedly interested in looking for ways to make a change.

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