Meghan Markle may be relinquishing her role as a senior member of the royal family, but the Duchess of Sussex has also landed a new gig with Disney, the entertainment conglomerate sometimes known for its female characters who marry into royalty.
According to The Times via Today, Meghan inked a deal with Disney before she and her husband, Prince Harry, shocked the world by announcing that they were resigning from their high-profile roles as senior members of the royal family. However, she hasn’t taken on a new royal role as a Disney princess. Instead, she reportedly agreed to do voiceover work for an unnamed Disney project. Meghan completed the work ahead of the Christmas holidays.
Meghan and Harry have revealed that they want to become financially independent, but the money from Meghan’s Disney voiceover work won’t be going into their pockets. Instead, Meghan agreed to do the job in exchange for a donation to the Elephants Without Borders wildlife charity.
The Duchess of Sussex’s decision to sign the Disney deal allegedly irked some senior members of the royal family, who brought the move up during “tense talks” about Meghan and Harry’s behavior. The Times suggested that Meghan’s voiceover work for charity will open her and her husband up to accusations that they “are cheapening the royal brand and will compromise themselves for money.”
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Meghan and Harry have shown their support for Disney in the past by attending the London premiere of the live-action remake of The Lion King. During the event, the couple rubbed shoulders with Beyonce and Jay-Z. The film premiere, which was also connected to a charity near and dear to the couple’s hearts, was held in support of the African Parks organization for which Prince Harry is a patron.
Meghan and Harry have publicly spoken about their love for Disney movies. As reported by People, the couple met with a group of children at the annual WellChild Awards in 2018, at which a little girl asked the couple to name their favorite Disney films. Meghan revealed that she’s always been a big fan of The Little Mermaid, while Harry named The Lion King as his all-time favorite Disney feature. He also listed Moana and Zootopia as two Disney movies he enjoyed.
Meghan and Harry plan to continue doing charity work as they assume their new roles apart from the royal family, and there’s been a lot of speculation about what kind of paid work the couple will seek in order to become financially independent. Some fans wonder whether or not Meghan will resume the acting career she left behind to marry Prince Harry, and the former Suits star’s decision to do voiceover work for Disney could be seen as an indication that she’s open to onc e again become involved in the world of entertainment.