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Game of Thrones: Cast & New Character Guide, No Spoilers

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The crazily popular fantasy show, Game of Thrones (GOT) is back for its eighth and the conclusive season. The GOT zealots are waiting on their hand and foot to know about the characters returning, as well as the new faces on board.

Throughout the seven seasons, a striking number of key characters have dropped dead, however there’s a good bit, who will be running for the final battles.

While majority of the leading players have stayed for quite sometime, the fans can expect some new cast being introduced for this season – be assured there won’t be any spoilers of disclosing who will reach the finale.

The most prominent characters returning are the constants that every Games of Thrones fan remembers by heart. Jon Snow, a.k.a. Aegon Targaryen (Kit Harington), returning as the King in the North, will now focus on confronting the White Walker threat. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), is all set to make her ultimate bid for the Throne. She will have two dragons at her back (Rhaegal and Drogon), and will be supporting Jon Snow against the army of the dead.

The other characters, who will make watching season 8 worthwhile, include Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), among others.

Two potential Freys will be seen in the Game of Thrones season 8, with Sarra (Danielle Galligan) and Willa (Alice Nokes), probably be two of the only enduring Freys after Arya’s revenge bloodshed.

While the season reaches the finale, it would be exciting to see which of the GOT characters will survive till the last episode. With the number of characters as huge of that of Game of Thrones, nothing can be predicted – which keep the fans buckled to their seats to ferret out the ultimate winner of the Game of Thrones.

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Billie Eilish: Teenager Sweeps Grammy Records with Musical Mop

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Billie Eilish: Teenager Sweeps Grammy Records with Musical Mop

Billie Eilish, the name emerged from a mini bedroom, which now has five Grammys on the shelves.

The teenage popstar brought a different wave to the industry with her sweet musical bombs, which burst in colors that spread worldwide. The 18-year-old was honored for the exceptional talent at the 2020 Grammys, where she won five awards, including the “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year”.

Besides, her debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, became “Album of the Year”. On a roller coaster of global stardom, Billie Eilish created the album with her brother Finneas O’Connell in a tiny bedroom studio, at their childhood home in Los Angeles, California.

The album topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the United States and across the world, after its release, last year. “I joke around a lot at these things, but I genuinely want to say I’m so grateful,” said the singer.

At the 2020 Grammys on Sunday night, Billie Eilish became the first teenager to triumph all the “big four” marquee categories— “Best New Artist”, “Song of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Record of the Year”.

The “Everything I Wanted” singer replaces popstar Taylor Swift as the youngest person ever to win “Album of the Year”. Besides, she also trounced Christopher Cross, who won the feat of Grammy’s four major categories in 1981.

Billie Eilish was raised in a musical family and followed the musical notes of her elder brother Finneas to become what she is. She earned a loyal fan base in 2015, with her debut single “Ocean Eyes” written by her brother. Besides, she became number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for the first time after “Bad Guy”.

Finneas O’Connell also won the “Producer of the Year” award at the Grammy’s this year, for his work in Eilish’s album. He explained that it was recorded at home because “I’m the most creative where I’m most comfortable,” adding that the Grammy was “a huge honour” for “making home-made cookies”.

Billie Eilish, on the other hand, was overwhelmed by the extent of her dominance at the 2020 Grammy. On receiving the award for “Album of the Year”, the singer said, “Can I just say that I think Ariana deserves this?”

The singer on the red carpet said that she felt like a deceiver. “I feel like I’m not supposed to be here,” she joked. “I feel like they accidentally let in a fan.”

The siblings together broke the records at 2020 Grammys, with their music on “depression, suicidal thoughts and climate change and being a bad guy”. However, the recent single on the brink of becoming another record breaker, “Everything I Wanted” is their story and tribute to each other.

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Robert Lacey: Megxit to Promote Princess Eugenie & Beatrice in The Firm

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Based on the revelations of a royal biographer – Robert Lacey, after the announcement of Megxit, the royal roles of Prince Harry and Meghan will be taken up by Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. Speaking to Hello! Magazine in an interview, Robert said, “It’s quite clear that one of the consequences is that Beatrice and Eugenie will now be brought forward – if they’re willing to be brought forward.”

He added that Princess Eugenie and Beatrice are the obvious choice since 15 more years need to pass prior to Cambridge children take up the position of senior working officials. Currently, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are six, four and one respectively.

As per Robert, the sisters will be “greatly welcomed” and “If two go out, two have got to come in, and those two have got to be Beatrice and Eugenie.”

If we believe the historical consultant for The Crown, the new roles would help Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice gain some positive exposure after the scandal associated with their father the Duke of York.

In recent months gone by, Prince Andrew was criticised about his long friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself amid waiting trial for sex-trafficking charges. Post a BBC Newsnight interview that directed massive criticism towards his private life, the Duke withdrew himself from royal duties in November. Despite alleged charges, the Prince refuted any wrongdoing.

Sources claim that for taking the Megxit decision, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex tentatively have been inspired by the lives of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. As it is evident, the York sisters have wonderfully created a balance between royal duties and their financially independent careers. This is pretty much what the Sussex couple desires.

Based on People, Princess Beatrice works for the US-based technology firm Afiniti, dividing her time between New York and London. On the other hand, Princess Eugenie is working as a director at the art gallery Hauser and Wirth, in London.

Sources reveal that the sisters actively contribute in a number of charities in an official capacity as part of the monarchy. They are also royal patrons of many charities. Princess Eugenie is associated with charities relating to the arts, modern slavery and the world of scoliosis.

The statement of Robert Lacy has come after the Sussex couple announced that they “will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family”.

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Amid Heavy Criticism, Prince Harry Expresses Heartfelt Emotions

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The announcement of the withdrawal of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the royal family has received severe criticism from most female members of the family. By leaving Britain’s monarchy, the Sussex couple will no longer be entitled to use their “Royal Highness” titles and would be paying for their own expenses now on.

During a speech for his Sentebale charity yesterday, Prince Harry expressed his “great sadness” about the separation agreement with Queen Elizabeth II and senior members of the royal family. He affirmed that the final outcome of the separation is not what he and Meghan had wanted. Making first remarks on the agreement in the speech, he said, “It brings me great sadness that it has come to this.”

The Duke of Sussex, spoke on the issue just a day after the Buckingham Palace issued a statement about the release. He exclaimed, “Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations without public funding. Sadly, that wasn’t possible.”

Sixth in line to the throne, Prince Harry cleared that the decision to step back had not been taken lightly and had come after months of talks. “As far as this goes, there really was no other option,” he said in his speech at the event.

Speaking on a grounded level at the charity event aimed at helping African children with HIV, he told the audience that he wanted them to hear the truth from him “not as a prince, or a duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years but with a clearer perspective”.

Further, he said, “I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander-in-chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.”

As stated by the Buckingham Palace, the couple won’t be receiving public money and has to repay the cost of refurbishing their cottage in Windsor worth 2.4 million pounds. The separation news raises questions about the future role of Prince Andrew and his use of the HRH title.

While most people, including Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle are against the decision of Prince Harry and wife, the celebs of The Crown have expressed generous support in this decision. Helena Bonham Carter and Josh O’ Connor have backed the Royal Couple’s decision.

On being questioned about the next move of Prince Harry and Meghan, Josh casually said that they “can probably do anything. I’m sure they are very talented and can go off and do whatever they want.” Joining her co-star, Helena said, ““It will be very interesting to see what they do, but now they’re masters of their own destiny and good luck to them.”

Looking from this perspective, the excessive criticism that the Sussex couple is receiving for deciding to live an independent life, seems to be unrequired. Moreover, the comments from Meghan’s father, which claim that the duo is “destroying” and “cheapening” the family is against the basic rights of freedom, which every human is entitled to.

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Partaking Royal Crisis, Prince Harry Prioritises Mental Health Awareness

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent decision has brought more eyes to the emerging disputes within the royal family. From moving out of the Kensington Palace to their announcement of stepping back as senior royals, both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been a part of huge criticism from the royal insiders.

It appears as if a rift has emerged in the British royal family that has threatened the very essence of the household and royal duties. Anti-Meghans believe that her addition in the royal family is the root cause of the rising conflicts between the royals. From Kate Middleton to the Queen, almost every royal female seems to have shared odd relations with Meghan Markle, putting down the harmonious family image.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry, who was in rumours to fly to Canada with his wife and their eight months old baby son Archie, made his first public opinion after the big announcement, on Thursday. Harry hosted the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace, alongside Jason Robinson and Dame Katherine Grainger. He later met with representatives from all 21 nations competing in the event next year.

England was drawn alongside Samoa, France and Greece in the group stage of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and will play Samoa in the opening match of the tournament at St James’ Park, Newcastle on October 23. Likewise, 1995 and 2000 semi-finalists Wales have been drawn alongside Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands. New Zealand team will face Lebanon, Jamaica and Ireland.  

The royal critics found Prince Harry in a cheery mood throughout the event. Likewise, Meghan Markle was also seen working towards fulfilling her future goals. She visited two charities that helped women and girls in Vancouver.

Though the Queen on Monday, submitted to her grandson and his wife’s wishes to step away from the royal life, there is no confirmation as to when the Sussex couple would actually leave for their destinations. It appears as if Prince Harry, for some time now, is staying to discuss his future role in the royal family, after which the Sussex couple will split their time between the UK and Canada to live a financially independent life.

Over the time, Prince Harry, who was also announced as patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016, has equally supported Meghan Markle in her decisions, fulfilling his every role of being a husband. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws were streamed live across the royal family and Rugby League World Cup 2021 Twitter and Facebook channels, where Harry supported the practice of adopting a mental fitness charter for the tournament.

In the same manner, Prince William and Kate Middleton also talked about mental health awareness during their tour to Pakistan, empowering the citizens about the causes and impacts.

“Rugby League isn’t just a sport, it’s a community. And one that takes care of its own,’ he said. ‘For many years, it has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting good mental fitness, working hard to build a positive mind-set for everyone involved in the sport. So I am proud to support the Rugby League World Cup 2021 mental fitness charter,” said Prince Harry.

Harry’s statements on the sport’s strong legacy of mental health awareness was a recollection of the past incidents, where the royal family remained concerned over the mental health of the Sussex couple.

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Kate Hudson Bashed for Endorsing Dubai Tourism Over Human Rights Issues

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American actress Kate Hudson, well known for her work in Almost Famous, recently took to her Instagram and shared a series of photos and short videos to promote Dubai Tourism. The actress, who can be seen trotting alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Zoe Saldana, seems jolly as she explores Dubai and its attractive sites.

However, what must have sounded as a really amazing idea to Kate Hudson, has poised to become a permanent stain on her life. In her post, promoted using #astorytakesflight and #dubai, the actress was shunned for turning a blind eye to the nation’s poor human rights record.

Commenting on post, one of her fans named agi564 wrote: “It’s still a dictatorship that oppresses women so it is laughable that you try to argue that this is such a great travel destination!!! Shame on you.” While another user said that the nation does not support LGBTQ+ rights, and instead being of third gender is heinously punishable.

One of Hudson’s photos was immensely criticized, where she posed with a falcon on her wrist. In the UAE, falcons are considered as a significant cultural and traditional icons, who are usually found with their owners in deserts, and are used by Emiratis to be trained for hunting. However, some of her fans on Instagram raised concern over the possible animal cruelty.

Hudson’s photos and short videos are a part of an 8-minute commercial ad posted last November by a UAE official tourism YouTube Channel named “Visit Dubai”. The United Arab Emirates, especially Dubai has been engaged in promoting its tourism for a very long time.

The nation has invited multiple celebrities and social media influencers to promote tourism as a part of its vision to end reliance on oil. However, more than the vision alone, the Gulf monarchy has been called out for using tactics to divert the attention from graving matters of human rights abuse.

An example of which lies within the Dubai Royal Family, where Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, tried to escape the ruler’s gilded cage, but was caught 30 miles off the coast of India.

Dubai might be a blip in the map, but it has certainly harvested its power via tourism. Yet what remains behind the closed doors is the gruesome reality, conveying how women in the UAE are subjected to persecution and are still fighting for their basic rights.

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