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Prince Charles Expresses Grief over Notre Dame Fire, Comes under Scrutiny

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In the wake of the tragic incident that shook the whole France recently, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles wrote separate letters to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing sorrow. Sadly, Prince Charles’ emotional letter didn’t go well with the people as they criticised him for using American English instead of British.

While showing grief at the unfortunate incident that took place in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, earlier this week, Prince Charles referred to the fire that took place around 27 years ago at the Windsor Castle. However, he used a language that people couldn’t associate with a release from the Royals.

“My wife and I were utterly heartbroken to learn of the terrible fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral this evening and wanted to let you know immediately how much we are thinking of yourself and the French people at the most agonizing of times, and of the emergency services who are so bravely tackling the blaze,” he wrote.

“I realize only too well what a truly special significance the Cathedral holds at the heart of your nation, but also for us all outside France it represents one of the greatest architectural achievements of Western Civilization,” Prince of Wales added.

The typed note released from the Clarence House had “-ize” instead of “-ise”, which is considered as an American style of writing. Despite the warmth in his words, people criticised Prince Charles for not writing in the British style. Some of his critics lambasted the prince as he is the next in-line heir to the throne after Queen Elizabeth, and is therefore expected to represent the British culture in every possible way.

Following the note made public, it was shared widely on social media. People raised fingers at the prince, condemning him for not using his own language.

One of the Twitter users wrote, “Wait, what? A British uses ‘realize’ not ‘realise?’ Are you an American or the future King?”

Perhaps, Prince Charles using American English is not something new. His official letters are often made by using American spellings. In fact, using “z” instead of “s” originated from England in the 15th Century. The Britons used these spellings way before Americans started using them.

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Parting Ways with HBO, GOT writers David Benioff, DB Weiss Join Netflix

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David Benioff and DB Weiss, who became popular with their co-created famous American fantasy drama and television series Game of Thrones that premiered on HBO in 2011, have recently become the high profile names to join Netflix.

Both the American screenwriters, television producers and directors have signed an estimated $200m (£164m) deal with the streaming giant. With this deal, Benioff and Weiss, who have long been in demand as show runners in Hollywood, would now depart from HBO to create and develop series and films for the American media-services provider Netflix.

Until recently, both Benioff and Weiss acted as the executive producers, showrunners, and writers of the Game of Thrones, which lasted for eight seasons with last episode being aired on May 19. Prior to this, they have worked together on a script for a horror film titled The Headmaster. Unfortunately, the film was never made.

The news of Benioff and Weiss’ departure from HBO brought hurdles amongst the broadcasters who have wanted the duo to join their channels. Amazon and Apple are amongst the top ones claiming for the services of such all-rounders.

Competing with Netflix, both Disney and Apple have decided to launch their own streaming services, as HBO owner Warner Media’s service, HBO Max, is expected to arrive in 2020. Similarly, Amazon Prime has redoubled its efforts to lure viewers away from Netflix with the promise of a mega-budget Lord of the Rings series, due in 2021.

David Benioff and DB Weiss together have also signed up to helm a trilogy of new Star Wars films for Disney. While the Netflix team welcomed their decision to join them, the HBO remains concerned about their departure. It clearly appears that Netflix won the battle in getting the talented writers on its side amid the increasingly heated streaming wars.

Netflix’s easy to go policies and good deals have allowed the TV industry figures to work with the streaming giant. Prior to the current deal they have lured many other famous figures. A year ago, Netflix offered a lucrative deal to the famous creator behind hits including Glee and Nip/Tuck, Ryan Murphy, who left the Fox to join the streaming giant Netflix.

The reported deal signed between Murphy and Netflix was of $300m (£216m), in which the former agreed to make shows exclusively for the American production company for the next five years. One of Murphy’s works named The Politician would premiere in September.

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, while expressing his contentment over the new members in their family, said, “We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix.”

He further added, “They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”

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Lady Gaga’s PDA on Menu Becomes “Not Available” for Bradley Cooper

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Exactly when we thought that Lady Gaga will unveil the facts of her relationship status, she did!

The fans had already pictured the wedding scene of A Star is Born coming true, with Bradley Cooper giving Lady Gaga a guitar-string ring. Well, the imaginations could possibly turn true, but the “Million Reasons” singer chose Daniel Horton as the hero.

On Sunday, Gaga was on a brunch date in Los Angeles, wearing black cut-off shorts, a black bodysuit and boots. It could have been the best day for fans, but the 33-year-old was snapped kissing her monitor engineer at Granville restaurant in Studio City.

Gaga and ex-fiancé Christian Carino announced their split nearly six months ago. However, soon after the release of A Star is Born, Cooper appeared to be her real life love as well. The doubts grew stronger after the pair performed their song “Shallow” at the Oscars. Besides, the 44-year-old American filmmaker recently intensified the rumours by breaking his marriage with his four-year old wife, Irina Shayk.

However, the curtains of Gaga’s love life fell down, with a kiss for her audio engineer Horton. She and her new beau is said to have been working together on the production of new music.

“They’re working very closely together at a home studio in Hollywood, and sparks just started flying,” said a source. “People noticed the chemistry early on, and now that she has taken some time to herself, she finally feels free to date. They seem like a pretty good match.”

Nashville-based Horton also broke his marriage of nearly 6 years with actress Autumn Guzzardi, in 2018. He has been working with Gaga since November 2018. In March this year, a photo of singer’s audio equipment by Horton was shared on Instagram by Jerry Harvey Audio, which creates in-ear monitors for singers.

“Who’s excited for @ladygaga and #LG6?” the account posted, attributing the image to Horton. “Here are a few of her JH16 IEMs.”

Pictures of Horton and Gaga’s recent brunch date swamped the internet leaving fans, especially those who shipped Gaga and Cooper, were left surprised.

Eyewitnesses told the PEOPLE magazine that the couple seemed loved-up and were “kissing as they spoke really close up”.

Another source said, “Ironically, she had a table in the front near the sidewalk, so she was clearly okay with being seen. She seemed very happy when interacting with the guy she was with.”

The love that people saw in the pictures of the brunch date is still not convincing for many, who have seen Gaga’s romance with Cooper on-screen. The PDA on Sunday’s menu is also being perceived as an escape from excess of link-up reports of the “Shallow” singers. Well, while Gaga kisses Horton, we always want to remember her romance with Cooper.

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Vogue Honours Inspirational Women in September Issue edited by Meghan Markle

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Ravishing former American actress Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, is the guest editor for the British fashion magazine Vogue’s September edition. As has been esteemed, Markle would be displaying 15 of the most inspirational women of her choice on the magazine’s front cover.

The September Vogue edition is traditionally the biggest, most important issue of the year, which depicts the efforts that goes into the making of the magazine. Markle’s idea to guest-edit Vogue’s September issue has given it a uniqueness, which has been widely praised by all. Despite that, the Duchess of Sussex will not feature herself in the September edition, while she remained excited for introducing an all-female cover for the magazine.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, also the co-editor of the September edition, expressed his enthusiasm while working with Meghan Markle. Markle and Enninful together have been working on the project since January. They have shifted the focus of the September 2019 issue to the “15 forces for change”.

The special edition would feature “trailblazing change makers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers”. The Duchess also helped to design the inspirational front page, which would portray individual pictures of the 15 celebs in the 16 boxes.

Markle’s chosen 15 include New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actors Salma Hayek Pinault, Laverne Cox, Jameela Jamil, Yara Shahidi and Gemma Chan, models Christy Turlington Burns, Adwoa Aboah and Adut Akech, boxer Ramla Ali, diversity advocate Sinead Burke, Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, and award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The 16th box would actually be a mirror, encouraging the inspired readers to bring changes in their own life. The highlights of the edition suggested a conversation between Meghan Markle and Michelle Obama, the former first lady of the US, and an interview between anthropologist and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall and Prince Harry.

Through her work, Meghan Markle aims to bring together the histories of the diversely selected women, promoting female empowerment, improved mental health in the readers, and the issues of race or privilege that have been prevalent in the society.

The Duchess said, “I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages. It appears that the duchess has taken the most-read fashion issues and directed the focus on to the values, causes, and people influencing the world today.”

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Two Years Since Death, World Can’t Stop Loving Chester Bennington

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Two years since the world lost a musician who touched the heart and souls of millions, Chester Bennington continues to live in the memory of his fans. Chester –Lead vocalist for Linkin Park– was found dead on July 20, 2017. Ironically, as he said in one of his songs, ‘in the end it doesn’t even matter’ his fans’ reactions continue to suggest otherwise.

He was found dead at his house in Palos Verdes Estates, California, by his housekeeper. The news was made public by one of his band member, Mike Shinoda, who wrote on his twitter account, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true.”

The band, marking his second anniversary, wrote on Twitter: “Remembering Chester today.” “Feel free to share your favorite photo or video of Chester / LP below.” Likewise, on Instagram, the band used the same caption and asked fans to express.

Meanwhile, band member and friend Mike Shinoda wrote on his Instagram, “I didn’t really want to post today, but I also thought it would be weird not to post. I don’t want the day Chester passed to be marked as an “event.” I’d rather celebrate his birthday, celebrate album anniversaries, celebrate the countless moments our wonderful LP family has had together. Today, just take care of yourself.”

Tributes Poured In

One of the fans, who goes by the name Brown Sugar XOXO on Twitter, shared his picture with Chester. He also included a short description of how they met by accident at Disneyland. In another post, a father recalled the time his children met the vocalist and he signed t-shirts for them.

Apart from it, some fans even shared their tattoos, and paid tribute to the endless memories; courtesy Bennington and Linkin Park. “I got my very first tattoo, 2 years ago today,” wrote Twitter user Gwen. “To honor and remember Chester forever when I look down on my wrist. His voice and music has been there for me my whole life. Thank you Chester and thank you Linkin Park.”

The incident marked a startling impact on the lives of millions. It was certainly not just any another day when Bennington bid adieu to this world, especially when six kids lost their dad, a wife lost her husband, and the world lost a light.

In one of the last songs recorded by the singer, he also proclaims ‘who cares if more light goes out in a sky of a million stars,’ and answers that he does. Alas, the world cares about the lost star, even more than ever today.

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Sussex Royal: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s New Charitable Foundation

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, charity work enthusiasts, have finally decided to launch their own charitable foundation called the Sussex Royal.

One of the royal reporters, Emily Andrews tweeted that the new foundation would solely involve the Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with their PR manager Sara Latham, who was earlier an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Natalie Campbell, a former staffer at the Royal Foundation.

Expressing her contentment on the name chosen by the Royal couple for the new foundation, the royal reporter further disclosed that the Sussex Royal has been registered as a private company.

“Exclusive: #Harry & #Meghan’s new foundation will be called “Sussex Royal” (full title “Sussex Royal The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex). Its 4 directors are the Sussexes, PR guru Sara Latham & former Royal Foundation staffer Natalie Campbell, who will be the new director,” Emily tweeted.

The news of the foundation first came in the month of June, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced to part their ways from the previously shared Royal Foundation, a trust set up by Prince William and Prince Harry in September 2009 to fulfil their charitable ambitions. The wives of both the Princes later joined the Royal Foundation.

Post the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s separation from the Royal Foundation, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to take the full responsibility of the foundation. While the former couple is excited to embark a new chapter in their royal work, the fans of both the royal couples want them to work together.

Throughout their journey of moving from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor prior to baby Archie’s birth, to starting their own charitable trust, both Harry and Meghan have been quite enthusiastic.

The introduction of the Sussex Royal would influence the royal couple’s dedication towards charity work, allowing them to pursue their ambitions. Though not many details about the foundation have been revealed, it is expected that the Sussex Royal’s first project will apparently focus on protecting lions in Africa.  

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