You probably know by now that Meghan Markle has already landed (and completed) her first Hollywood gig since marrying into the British royal family: a voice-over for Disneynature’s Elephant, which is available to stream today, April 3, on Disney+.
The film follows a specific herd of elephants as they cross 1,000 miles of the Kalahari Desert in search of water, beginning in Botswana. This detail is important. Remember Botswana.
Now, in an interview with People, filmmakers Vanessa Berlowitz and Mark Linfield have revealed new details of (Prince) Harry's involvement in the process. Apparently, Markle recorded the voice-over in London last October with her husband in the room. That's when he committed my biggest relationship pet peeve.
Before you grab those pitchforks, it's not that deep. Plus, I'm sure he meant well—just like your college boyfriend who just returned from his semester abroad did when he corrected your pronunciation of coq au vin at that fancy French restaurant you went to for your anniversary.
“Harry was correcting her pronunciation,” Linfield said, with a laugh. Groan. Not while she's working, man!
“It was amazing having [Harry] there,” Berlowitz said. “He had a connection to Botswana, of course.” (See, I told you to remember Botswana. That's also why the pet peeve isn't so bad—Harry knows quite a bit about Botswana—but a pet peeve nonetheless. )
(Prince) Harry is not the only one with a connection to the African country, of course. Markle took a trip there with him in 2017 to assist Elephants Without Borders. (So I'm sure her pronunciation was just fine, thank you very much! I tease.)
Still, it seems like Markle wasn't thrown by the apparent pronunciation corrections. “She made it her own,” says filmmaker Roy Conli, a producer on Elephant. “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.”
Berlowitz and Linfield listed another reason Markle was so into the project. “She was absolutely intrigued by the elephants and transfixed, especially by the female empowerment side,” Berlowitz told People. “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.”
I'm sure Markle can relate.
Originally Appeared on Glamour