Duchess Meghan is a passionate conservationist and environmentalist, and has signed a deal with Disney to do a voiceover in exchange for a donation to a charity that works to protect elephants, a new report says.
The Duchess of Sussex recorded the voiceover before she and Prince Harry left on their six-week break from royal duties, according to The Times. Meghan asked for a donation to be made to Elephants Without Borders, which works to protect the animals from poaching.
Harry and Meghan have a history with the organization. In 2017, when they travelled to Botswana together earlier in their relationship, the couple helped Elephants Without Borders' Dr. Mike Chase on a conservation effort. Photos from that trip and their experience with an elephant were posted on their Instagram last year in connection with World Elephant Day.
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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
Harry reconnected with Mike during the Sussexes' tour of southern Africa last year. While in Botswana, he and Mike attended a tree planting event at Chobe National Park in connection with the country's independence day.
Meghan's move is believed to be a strong indication of how the Sussexes plan to move toward becoming "financially independent" – a goal they described in the announcement they were stepping down from their senior royal roles earlier this week.
News of Meghan's deal comes after it was also reported she has returned to Canada, where Archie had been said to be staying with his nanny and with Jessica Mulroney, the duchess' close friend. Harry was said to be following shortly.
On Jan. 9, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William directed aides to come up with a "workable solution" for the Sussexes to step away from their roles. Talks are said to be "progressing well" in that department, according to a new report from BBC News.
"They, like everyone, are hopeful this can all be worked out, sooner rather than later," a source reportedly told the PA news agency. "It is in everyone's interest for this to be figured out, and figured out quickly, but not at the expense of the outcome."