Meghan to narrate Disney film about elephants in first post-royal project

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The Duchess of Sussex will return to the small screen as the narrator of a new Disney film about a family of elephants and their journey across Africa.

In her first post-royal project, Meghan will lend her voice to Disneynature's Elephant.

It will be available to stream on Disney+ from April 3, three days after she and Harry quit as senior royals.

A trailer for Elephant, posted on the official Disney Twitter account, revealed that it "follows one family's extraordinary 1,000 mile journey across Africa on an adventure that will change their lives".

The film was announced along with another new documentary called Dolphin Reef, narrated by Hollywood star Natalie Portman, which will also debut on the streaming platform next Friday.

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The duchess wore a black dress and heels with her hair swept up.
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The duchess wore a black dress and heels with her hair swept up.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the European Premiere of Disney's The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the European Premiere of Disney's The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
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Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z wait in line to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the European Premiere of Disney's The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
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The duchess wore a black dress and heels with her hair swept up.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the European Premiere of Disney's The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the European Premiere of Disney's The Lion King at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attending Disney's The Lion King European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attending Disney's The Lion King European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London.
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The announcement of Meghan's role with Disney comes after video footage emerged of Harry at the premiere of The Lion King in London last July praising her ability to do voiceover work.

The footage, published by the Mail on Sunday in January, shows the duke and duchess talking to the film's director Jon Favreau as well as one of its stars Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z.

Harry told them: "Next time, if anyone needs any extra voiceover work, we can make ourselves available.

Former Suits actress Meghan then said: "That's really why we're here – to pitch."

It was the second clip to emerge from that evening in which Harry highlights Meghan's abilities as a voiceover artist.

Harry was also filmed chatting to Robert Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company, during the European premiere and said about Meghan: "You do know she does voiceovers?"

The Disney boss replied: "I did not know that," and the duke went on to say: "You seem surprised. She's really interested."

The Times previously reported that Meghan had agreed a voiceover deal with Disney, which will make a donation to Elephants Without Borders, a wildlife charity supported by Harry.

Meghan and Harry will walk away from the monarchy for a life of personal and financial freedom on March 31, and will no longer be able to use their HRH styles or use Sussex Royal as their brand.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
The Duchess of Sussex attends The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall on March 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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