Meghan Markle signs voiceover deal with Disney following bombshell announcement
Meghan Markle has reportedly signed a voiceover deal with Disney in exchange for a donation to an elephant charity.
According to The Times, the charity in question is conservationist group Elephants Without Borders. The organization works to track and protect the animals from poaching.
The publication also reports that before Christmas, certain senior members of the royal family had accused the couple of having already signed a deal with "firms including Disney".
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The news comes after the couple's shock announcement earlier this week.
In a lengthy statement on social media, it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be stepping back as senior royals whilst planning to become "financially independent".
The voiceover deal offers some insight into "the new charitable entity" they intend to launch.
Buckingham Palace has since responded to the announcement with the following brief statement:
"Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work though."
Per Vanity Fair, sources say that senior royals felt “hurt” and “devastated” by the couple’s decision to announce the news without consulting them first.
Aside from reportedly signing deals with major film studios, it is still not entirely clear how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will choose to pursue their newfound "financial independence".
Some insiders have offered an insight, however.
"Meghan is very connected in the fashion industry and there are a lot of major labels who would like to partner with her on projects," a source said, per The Sun. "There have already been active discussions with Givenchy. Some of these deals could be worth millions of pounds. "I'm sure she is going to link some of the initiatives to their foundation."