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Meghan Markle’s First Post-Royal Gig Is Narrating an Elephant Documentary for Disney+

Is she plotting a new philanthropic focus? A return to the entertainment industry? Only time will tell.

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Meghan Markle is officially done with being a royal, and she’s wasting no time finding new ways to spend her time and support her family in their new, financially independent life in Canada. The actress and still-technically-duchess’s first gig is narrating a Disneynature documentary, Elephant, that’s coming to Disney+ next week.

It’s one of several titles hitting the streaming service on April 3 in celebration of “Earth Month.” The film follows Shani, an African elephant, and her male child Jomo as they migrate across the Kalahari Desert with the rest of their herd, led by matriarch Gaia. According to a press release, “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.”

Elephant joins an already robust lineup of nature programming on Disney+, the majority of it produced by National Geographic. As far as we know, however, it will be the first and only nature documentary narrated by someone married by the Archibishop of Canterbury.

Hopefully Markle’s presence coaxes some folks to watch who might otherwise have missed out on the experience, but the real interesting part of this news is what it might portend for Meghan’s career after Megxit.

It seems likely that she continue philanthropy in some way, shape, or form; could wildlife conservation — Disney is donating to Elephants Without Borders in honor of the film —  become her new cause?

Or perhaps this gig is simply a signal that the Suits star wants to get back into the entertainment industry. The relative flexibility of voice work, which can be done remotely and on one’s own schedule, would be a logical choice for her to make, a way to ease back into things while still having plenty of time with Archie, who turns one in May.