Meghan Markle’s latest work, a voice-over role on DisneyNature’s Elephant, has come under fire from critics based in the UK. While many have loved the playful and informative film meant for young children and their families British film critics seem to have expected something more akin to the elephant version of Citizen Cane. Meghan’s work aligns perfectly with the spirit of the project. Her lighthearted performance may have left the critics of the United Kingdom wanting more but the kids are sure to love it.
When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry she had to give up her acting career and assume a role as a senior working member of the royal family. her voice acting in DisneyNature’s Elephant is Meghan’s first foray back into the entertainment industry since she and Harry announced their desire to step down as senior working members of the royal family. Many fans are hoping to see Meghan return to acting in the near future. Raising baby Archie is her top priority.
Meghan Markle has always had a generous spirit and a giving nature. She won over the hearts of the British people with her charitable pursuits, reminding many of Princess Diana. Meghan Markle did not accept any payment for her work on Elephants and instead donated her time and talent in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders. According to their website Elephants Without Borders: “strives to identify wildlife migratory corridors, secure wild habitats and elevate conservation of all wildlife”
Critics based in the UK seemed to misunderstand the spirit and vision of Elephants: “And yes, she certainly has an actor’s way with a phrase and a likable sense of mischief. “Oh! Who did that?” she coos in mock disgust when one of the elephant calves breaks wind. The sense of performance, though, often feels overegged. Even the underwhelming moment in which the elephants rip some bark off a tree is presented like the announcement of the winner for best picture.”
Elephants along with the other titles made by DisneyNature are meant to be playful and entertaining romps that take families on a journey of discovery. While the subject matter and causes are all vitally important the approach is meant to be easy to digest for a very young audience. DisneyNature serves as a fun and interesting way to showcase environments and species that families may not otherwise have access to. The series inspires a lifetime of interest in nature and ecology.
It seems leaving the United Kingdom did not put an end to the British media unfairly scrutinizing Meghan and everything she does. Many of the points raised by British critics feel baseless and unfair. Meghan’s performance was labeled “shallow” and “cheesy”. These assessments neglect to consider the mood of the documentary and it’s intended audience. Elephants is set to begin streaming on Disney+ in April. Its target audience on the streaming service is composed mainly of very small children and their families.