Meghan Markle’s voiceover deal with Disney could have been swung by Harry after video footage emerged of the Prince seemingly trying to persuade franchise boss Bob Iger to give his wife a job.
At the Lion King premiere in London last July, the Duke of Sussex collared the powerful Disney chief and advertised his ex-actress partner’s ‘interest’ in doing voiceover work.
During the hushed conversation, caught on camera by a fan, the Prince gestures to Meghan and says: ‘You do know she does voiceovers?’
Iger can be heard replying: ‘Ah, I did not know that.’ Harry then responds: ‘You seem surprised. She’s really interested.’ The Disney chief then says: ‘We’d love to try. That’s a great idea.’
It was revealed yesterday by the Times that Meghan has signed a voiceover deal with the Walt Disney Company in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders, a wildlife charity that helps to track and protect the animals from poachers.
The star-studded premiere last summer raised funds for Harry’s conservation projects in Africa, particularly raising awareness of the dwindling numbers of lions in Kenya.
Alongside a raft of celebrities including Beyoncé and Elton John, the Duke and Duchess attended the event in their capacity as senior Royals, a position they are poised to renounce.
This bombshell decision on Wednesday sent shockwaves reverberating through the Royal Family, and on a day of high behind-the-scenes drama:
Meghan recorded the voiceover before the royal couple left for their six-week Christmas break to Canada in a £10.7million mansion on Vancouver Island.
Friends say Meghan is keen to try her hand at directing too, as she wants to keep close ties with the film industry but doesn’t want to have her face on the big screen again just yet.
Yet branching into voiceovers could be a hint towards how the couple become ‘financially independent’ when they cut ties with the Royal Family.
Experts said becoming a brand ambassador for a global giant such as or Apple could earn the couple tens of millions annually. A nine-figure sum each year – $100million – would add up to $1billion (£760million) over a decade.
The couple have yet to say exactly how they will meet their ambition to ‘become financially independent’. But their unique stellar cachet – blending blue blood and Hollywood royalty – could net them huge amounts.
During tense talks before Christmas, senior members of the royal family accused the pair of already agreeing to a deal with ‘firms including Disney’, according to one report.