As previously reported, the new Disney documentary, Elephant, that the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex lent her voice to premieres on Disney+ today. Thanks to her career as the star of Suits (prior to her becoming a royal, then stepping down), Markle has had a fair amount of acting experience. But that didn’t stop her 35-year-old husband from playing momager when she recorded her voiceover part late last year.
“It was amazing having [Harry] there,” filmmaker Vanessa Berlowitz told People. “He had a connection to Botswana, of course.” Her filmmaking partner Mark Linfield added, “Harry was correcting [Meghan’s] pronunciation!” Oh, Harry.
Despite Harry’s feedback, Roy Conli (who also directed the film) shared that Meghan “made it her own.” Conli continued, “I always say, ‘If you feel something, do it, make it organic.’ She’s such a diligent professional and she wanted to get it right. It was a delight all the way around.”
In addition to the fact that Botswana, where the film was made, and elephants are an important and integral part of Harry and Meghan’s love story, Berlowitz explained that Meghan was particularly amazed by the matriarchal practices of the elephants. “[She] was absolutely intrigued by the elephants and transfixed, especially by the female empowerment side. How important the matriarchs are to the story; it really is all about female leadership. It’s a different form of power—it’s about consensual leadership. It’s also very inclusive, as well—very contemporary. She was absolutely fascinated by that.”
Berlowitz went on to note that at the time of the recording, which occurred last October in London, “[Meghan] had a small child. You could totally tell she was identifying with [elephants] Shani and Jojo, and keeping little ones in tow. She felt like a normal mom going through the normal trials and tribulations of bringing up a baby. Like one of us.”