Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle shook the world earlier this month when they declared they no longer wanted to be senior members of the royal family. Since then, Her Royal Majesty has outlined what their new roles will be as they look to gain more financial independence and a private life away from regal duties.
However, it is unlikely they will step away from the public eye entirely, as the former actress has been vying for a job working in a voice over studio.
The Duchess of Sussex, who worked on the hit show Suits for nine seasons before giving it up for a life as a Prince’s wife, was seen chatting with a top Disney executive at the premiere of The Lion King in July last year.
A video revealed to the Daily Mail showed Prince Harry complimenting Markle’s voice over abilities to the movie’s director Jon Favreau.
He was recorded as saying: “Next time, anyone needs any extra voice over work, we can make ourselves available.” The Duchess of Sussex then joked: “That’s why we’re here – it’s the pitch.”
Unsatisfied with their efforts to get Markle an acting role for Disney, Prince Harry was then seen speaking to chief executive officer for Disney Bob Iger.
He said: “You know she does voice overs?” When Iger replied, “Ah, I did not know that,” the 35-year-old said: “You seem surprised. She’s really interested.”
The pitch seemed to work, as Iger responded, saying: “We’d love to try. That’s a great idea.”
Rumours have since emerged that Markle has signed a deal with Disney to do a voice over in return for a donation to a wildlife charity. The money for the job will go towards Elephants Without Borders, which helps to track and protect the creatures from poachers, reported the Times.
The arrangement seemed to have been made prior to the Queen relinquishing the Duke and Duchess from their senior royal roles.
Indeed, it was only on Saturday (January 18th) that Buckingham Palace issued a statement that revealed the married couple would step back from royal duties.
It is thought that earning a living from commercial contracts while still working for the monarch would have been a conflict of interest. Therefore, as they want to pursue financial independence, they will no longer be working members of the royal family.
As a result, Prince Harry will relinquish his three military appointments, including being Captain General Royal Marines, and not be able to receive money for royal duties. However, they can continue working with the organisations and charities close to their heart, including the Rugby Football League and Sentebale.
While they will not be able to represent the Queen in these roles, they have promised that “everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty”, according to the statement from Buckingham Palace.
The new arrangements will take full effect from the spring, meaning we could see Markle doing a voice over in a Disney movie very soon indeed.