As a member of the Royal family, Meghan Markle couldn’t catch a break with the brutal British tabloids. Now, as she settles into a life back in Hollywood, it seems the media are still out to criticise her every move. In a case of doomed-if-she-does-and-doomed-if-she-doesn’t, Markle’s first post-Royal job as a narrator for Disney’s new upcoming documentary Elephant, has been called overdramatised by media folk.
Released on Disney+ today, film critics from around the world have been less-than-nice about the 38-year-old mother-on-one. “The silken tones that Meghan employed on the legal series Suits and which were often muzzled during her time as a full-time Royal are now given free rein,” wrote The Times Of London. “And yes, she certainly has an actor’s way with a phrase and a likeable sense of mischief. ‘Oh! Who did that?’ she coos in mock disgust when one of the elephant calves breaks wind. The sense of performance, though, often feels overegged. Even the underwhelming moment in which the elephants rip some bark off a tree is presented like the announcement of the winner for best picture.”
“For her part, Markle’s delivery of the commentary is wholesome and over-eager to please,” Empire Online. “but just about stays the right side of annoying.”
Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, have a soft spot for Botswana in South Africa, where the film is based. After meeting, they escaped to Mapula Lodge, an isolated (buzzword of the month) $800-a-night retreat.
Attending the UK premiere of the film The Lion King in July last year, the Prince was heard telling Disney’s then-CEO Bob Iger that Markle was very interested in working with them. “You know she does voiceovers,” the Duke of Sussex is heard saying to Iger in a video obtained by The Daily Mail.
“Oh, really? I didn’t know that,” the mogul responded.
“She’s really interested,” persisted the Prince.
Elephant is streaming from today on Disney+.