Meghan Markle Speaks Out For The First Time About Voice Gig For Disney's 'Elephant'
Meghan Markle narrated the Disney nature documentary Elephant, which debuted earlier this month on Disney+. Hear her speak out for the first time on what was her first post-royal movie job!
Meghan Markle made her return to the entertainment world as the narrator of the Disney+ documentary, Elephant. Now, she's speaking about the role for the first time since the release of the film - Elephant was added to Disney+ on April 3.
Meghan spoke with Good Morning America about the documentary last summer. But the interview has only just now been released.
Meghan Markle's new movie: Disney's Elephants
Disney's Elephant was released earlier this month. Meghan had this to say about the new nature documentary:
"I am really grateful to be able to bring this story of elephants to life. I’ve been really lucky to be able to have hands-on experience with elephants in their natural habitat. When you spend time connecting to them in their wildlife you understand that we have a role to play in their preservation and their safety," she began.
"These creatures are so majestic and at the same time, they are so sensitive and so connected. You see in this film just how remarkable they are. Their memories are amazing, the close connection of the herd, the protectiveness of their young — I think they are a lot more like us than they are different."
"I hope that when people see this film they realize how connected we all are and if we had more of an awareness about the obstacles they are facing we would take care of each other, this planet and these animals in a very different way," she concluded.
Meghan Markle talks Disney's Elephant
The documentary was made in support of Elephants Without Borders. Though it came as Meghan's first post-royal film work, she actually recorded the voiceover in London last fall, before she and Prince Harry had announced their plan to step down as senior royals - which they did on March 31, 2020. Harry was by Meghan's side during the recording session, too.
Harry and Meghan also had previous experience with elephants, having visited Botswana and Elephants Without Borders in 2017. The filmmakers behind Elephant, Mark Linfield and Vanessa Berlowitz, later approached Meghan about narrating their documentary due to the royal couple's background with the majestic animal.
Harry and Meghan revisit their 2017 Botswana visit
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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
Elephant is streaming now on the Disney+ streaming service! Check it out for Meghan's first post-royal film role as the narrator. She believes it has an essential message about animal rights and humankind.