Meghan Markle's Disney deal revealed and the moment Harry set it up

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, earring detail, accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship at the High Commissioner’s Residence during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Meghan Markle has signed a deal with Disney. Photo: Getty

Looks like Meghan Markle has already returned to the world she knows best even quicker than anticipated, after reportedly signing a deal with Disney.

The Duchess has put pen to paper on a voiceover deal with Disney in return for a donation to the charity Elephants Without Borders, according to The Times.

Meghan, who quit acting when she got engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, is believed to have recorded her voiceover in November, before she and Harry left the UK for a six-week break in Canada with their son Archie.

Disney gifted the couple with a rare watercolour Winnie-the-Pooh animation for Archie’s birth in May. And now footage has emerged of Harry seemingly chatting to Disney boss Bob Iger about Meghan at the Lion King premiere in London last July.

The hushed conversation, published by the Daily Mail, shows Harry pointing at wife Meghan before he says, “You know she does voiceovers?”

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) chats with Disney CEO Robert Iger as Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2nd R) embraces US singer-songwriter Beyoncé (R) as they attend the European premiere of the film The Lion King in London on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry chats to Disney CEO Bob Igar back in July. Photo: Getty
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) chats with Disney CEO Robert Iger as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2nd R) embraces Beyonce Knowles-Carter (R) as they attend the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by Niklas Halle'n-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
He can be seen pointing out his wife to the Disney boss. Photo: Getty

“I did not know that,” was Bob’s response, when Harry adds: “You seem surprised. She's really interested.”

The brief chat finishes with the Disney CEO saying they would “love to try”.

It comes as speculation was rife this week Meghan would make a return to acting, after she and Harry announced they would be ‘stepping back’ as senior royals.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20:  Actress Meghan Markle arrives at ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
We may be seeming Meghan back on the red carpets of Hollywood very soon. Photo: Getty

No doubt the couple’s new partnerships and future plans will be announced via their social media channels as well as their new website, unveiled earlier this week following the shock announcement.

The website detailed plans for their "new working model" as the couple intend to move into a "progressive new role".

Sussexroyal.com noted that Harry and Meghan “value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing” - although they will still continue to base themselves at Frogmore Cottage with the Queen's permission, and taxpayers will fund their security.

The new system will see them give up their Sovereign Grant income - which comes from the money the Queen gets from taxpayers each year - and instead earn money through commercial deals and charity work.

Givenchy has also been named among possible brands that the Duchess of Sussex plans to work with following their ‘split’ from the royal family.

It’s been reported the former Suits star is negotiating commercial deals with fashion brands including Givenchy, who made her wedding dress.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leaves Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Meghan may work with Givenchy, the designer of her wedding dress. Photo: Getty

A fashion deal would be unsurprising, with Meghan already having been involved in the industry including guest editing the September 2019 edition of Vogue and launching her own sell-out capsule collection for SmartWorks in September last year.

Additional reporting by Bang Showbiz and Yahoo UK.

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