Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced their decision to "step back" from royal duties, they're free to explore other job opportunities. For Meghan, that includes returning to her old acting roots. The Duchess of Sussex has wasted no time in doing just that, reportedly signing a deal with Disney to benefit wildlife charity Elephants Without Borders.
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According to The Times, there has been one report that the royal family, who was caught off guard by the couple's official announcement, accused the couple before Christmas of already signing deals with "firms including Disney." The Times adds that the duchess had already recorded the voiceover before she and Prince Harry left for Canada for the holidays.
This move to work with Disney is just another step in Harry and Meghan's move to separate their charity work from that of Prince William and Kate Middleton. In June 2019, they first filed to register a trademark for their own foundation. The filing was officially published at the end of December, signifying that the duke and duchess, who can now be found at their website here, are pulling away from the charitable work of William and Kate.
Prince William is reportedly "sad" about how things have developed.
"I've put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can't do that anymore - we're separate entities," William reportedly said, per The Sunday Times.
According to the publication, William also spoke of his frustration that Harry is no longer part of the "team" by deciding to become financially independent. The royal said he hopes that there will "come a time when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be singing from the same page" once again.
In the days following the couple's announcement, the palace confirmed that a solution would be reached this week. Prince Harry will join a family meeting on Monday afternoon with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William at Sandringham "to talk things through."
The face-to-face summit, which Meghan is likely to join by phone from Canada, follows a series of consultations and will see "a range of possibilities" brought to the table. These options, says the source, will "take into account the thinking of the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week. Making a change to the working life and role in the monarchy for the duke and duchess requires complex and thoughtful discussions."