Duchess Meghan makes her first TV appearance since stepping down as a senior royal

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Zach Harper

Duchess Meghan makes her first TV appearance since stepping down as a senior royal


Duchess Meghan has made her first TV appearance since she and Prince Harry stepped down from their senior royal roles back in March.

On April 20, the Duchess of Sussex appeared on Good Morning America to discuss her Disneynature film, Elephant, which she narrated! The pre-recorded video clip was shot last year during the former actress's recording session for the film. Elephant premiered on the Disney+ streaming service at the beginning of this month.

"I am really grateful to have the opportunity of bringing this story of elephants to life," the duchess said in the video clip from Disney.

"These creatures are so majestic, and at the same time they are so sensitive and so connected."

The mom of one, who is a passionate animal lover and philanthropist, spoke about her previous experience working with elephants.

"I've been very lucky to be able to have hands-on experience with the elephants in their natural habitat," she said.

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"When you spend time connecting to them and the other wildlife, you really understand we have a role to play in their preservation and their safety.

"We see in this film just how remarkable they are. Their memories are amazing."

In the clip, Meghan was dressed elegantly in a white blouse with a couple gold necklaces.

Her raven mane was parted down the centre and styled straight. A natural smokey eye and pale pink lipstick drew attention to her gorgeous features.

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 Today is #WorldElephantDay and we are pleased to announce that since we followed our friends at @ElephantswithoutBorders (EWB) on Instagram in July, when we were celebrating the environment, you and our friend @TheEllenFund (@TheEllenShow) have spread the word and EWB have been able to help protect 25 elephants by fitting them with satellite navigation collars! These collars allow the team at EWB to track the elephants, as well as to learn their essential migratory patterns to keep their corridors safe and open so future generations of elephants can roam freely. In honour of this amazing support, EWB have named their most recently collared Elephant...ELLEN! We can’t wait to see where she will go!  Two years ago on World Elephant Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Dr Chase to help in this conservation effort. Below, a few words from Mike and his partner Kelly at EWB: • ‘Today is a day to honor and celebrate the majestic elephant and to make a strong stand for conserving and protecting one of the world’s most beloved animals. elephants are intelligent, sentient beings capable of emotions from joy to grief. They are ‘environmental engineers,’ a key-stone umbrella species, and the fight to save them is in effect, a fight to save entire ecosystems and all wildlife. Today elephants are facing many challenges; habitat loss and competition for resources creates conflict with humans, climate change and fires destroy much needed resources and poaching for the demand of ivory makes elephants bigger targets than ever. African elephants are especially prone to human-wildlife conflict because of their large home ranges. Finding, preserving and creating elephant corridors is therefore of great importance in helping to maintain habitats suitable for movement and minimising human-elephant conflict. Corridors are a mitigation technique to better the livelihoods of local communities and the elephants themselves, by providing environment and ample space for wildlife to navigate from one habitat patch to another, without affecting the livelihoods of communities.’ • EWB - Dr Mike Chase, Ms Kelly Landen .  by DOS © SussexRoyal Additional photos: EWB

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According to The Times, Meghan asked for a donation to be made to Elephants Without Borders, which works to protect the animals from poaching, when she agreed to do the voiceover deal with Disney.

It was a meaningful choice because Prince Harry and Meghan have a history with the organization. In 2017, they travelled to Botswana and helped Elephants Without Borders' Dr. Mike Chase on a conservation effort.

Photos from that trip were later posted on the Sussex Royal Instagram in honour of World Elephant Day in 2019.

The release of Meghan's video clip comes after a busy week for the Sussexes. The couple stepped out last week in Los Angeles to deliver food packages to people with life-threatening illnesses to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. They were also photographed holding hands during one of the drop-offs.

Royals fans will know that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with son Archie, recently relocated from Canada to Meghan's native Los Angeles.

Meghan also had a Zoom call with The Hubb Community Kitchen to support its new campaign to provide food to hungry Londoners during the coronavirus.

On April 15, it was reported Harry and Meghan would donate £90,000 (approximately $158,000) to Feeding Britain to provide support during the battle with COVID-19. The money was generated through "excess profits" from the BBC broadcast of their 2018 wedding, according to Town & Country.



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