Meghan Markle narrates new Disney+ Elephant movie

The role is the actress' first since stepping back from the Royal Family

BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 23:  Meghan Markle is seen ahead of her visit with Prince Harry to the iconic Titanic Belfast during their trip to Northern Ireland on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle has announced her first job since stepping down as a senior Royal: narrating a Disney+ movie.

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The Duchess of Sussex has lent her voice to new documentary film Elephant, set to stampede onto the streaming service on 3rd April.

According to Disney, she tells the story of elephant Shani, her son Jomo, and their “extraordinary 1,000 mile journey across Africa on an adventure that will change their lives.”

They continue: “The family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.”

The announcement was made by The Disneynature channel on Twitter.

The documentary was made in partnership with Elephants Without Borders – a conservation charity that the Duchess and her husband Prince Harry worked with during a 2017 trip to Botswana.

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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

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This marks the Duchess’ first role in entertainment since marrying the Prince and joining the Royal Family in 2018.

Prior to that, she was best-known for starring in legal drama Suits, where she played attorney Rachel Zane.

As well as Elephant, Disney also unveiled Dolphin Reef, a movie narrated by Thor star Natalie Portman.

The film will follow Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities.

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