It may have just been a few days since the Sussex royals shocked the world with their announcement of ‘stepping back’ from their roles as senior members of the royal family, but it seems that Meghan Markle is officially pursuing new opportunities that further cement the Sussexes' decision.
Sources confirm that Meghan has just inked a commercial voiceover deal with Disney to raise funds for Elephants Without Borders, a charitable organization that works to prevent the poaching of elephants in Botswana. Although all proceed from the initiative will be donated to Elephants Without Borders, the news of a deal, signed so swiftly after the unprecedented “stepping down” announcement has lead to widespread speculation as to whether this might be a hint at how the Sussexes are planning on becoming “financially independent” from the crown.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image PA
Buckingham Palace continues deliberations on Meghan and Harry’s future roles, with a face-to-face meeting expected to take place with the Queen and Prince Harry tomorrow afternoon.
Watch this space for updates on the Sussex Royals' future…