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Prince William and Kate Aim to Empower Pakistanis During Royal Tour

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Days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 10-day African tour ended, the Duke of Sussex’s elder brother Prince William embarked a tour to Pakistan with his wife Kate Middleton. This is the second ever tour of the royals to the South Asian country. Earlier, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Pakistan in 2006.

Marking the start of their five-day royal tour to Pakistan, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed from the British Government’s Royal Air Force Voyager plane at the Air Force Base Nur Khan in Rawalpindi, just outside the capital Islamabad on Monday evening.

Upon their arrival, the royal couple was gladly welcomed by the Pakistani officials and met Pakistan’s British High Commissioner Thomas Drew. Unlike Prince William, who wore a proper suit, Kate arrived in an inspiring look while fitting in to the Pakistani tradition, wearing a stunning aqua blue shalwar kameez alongside nude heels.

Considering the political histories that have often led to security concerns in Pakistan, the royal sources have been calling it the most complex royal tour ever.

The records suggest that Pakistan has the highest population growth rate in the world, which has drenched the country’s economy into poverty. Lack of family planning is the major reason behind such poor conduct. Its major cities and urban centres are home to an estimated 1.2 million street children, which includes beggars and scavengers, who are often very young.

While children are vulnerable to contracting STDs such as HIV/AIDS, as well as other diseases in Pakistan, the country is also a home to a large feudal landholding system where landholding families hold thousands of acres and do little work on the agriculture themselves.

Taking into account all the weaknesses and how it has affected the growth rate in Pakistan, Prince William’s recent royal tour aims to strengthen the UK-Pakistan relations.

The couple’s visit would focus on programs meant for empowering young people, while providing access to quality education, particularly to girls and young women in Pakistan.  

In order to spend more time with Pakistani children to know their aspirations in life, the royal couple visited a government-run college in Islamabad on Tuesday. Since, mental health awareness is the rising chant of the royals, who have been supporting this initiative throughout the UK, Prince William spoke about mental health in Pakistan.

The post day activities included the couple’s visit to the Margalla Hills National Park in the foothills of the Himalayas. Later, they ate lunch with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. While in the evening, the couple is expected to attend a reception with guests from Pakistan’s business, music and film industries, as well as members of the government.

In the days ahead, both Prince William and Kate will head to Lahore and later to the mountains of the north and the western border.

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After Queen, Prince Charles Finds Himself Involved in a Royal Scam

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Amid varying controversies within the royal family, Prince Charles found himself involved in the “biggest counterfeit art scandal” that has ever taken place in the history of the Royals.

The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, being an art lover, has over the years built up a prestigious collection of artworks in the Painting Room at Dumfries House, which is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes that Prince Charles bought through one of his chairing consortiums in 2007 in Scotland.

Prince Charles’ watercolours are respected in the art world and have raised more than £2million for Charles’ charitable foundation, which have been established with the moto of transforming lives and building sustainable communities.

The Prince of Wales got the incredible historic Scottish home renovated and re-opened its doors in 2012. The Palladian villa in Ayrshire is home to an astounding collection of the 17th Century Dutch paintings and one of the world’s most impressive body of Chippendale chairs. 

Earlier this month, Prince Charles expressed his desire to build an arts hub on the grounds of Dumfries House. The aim was to provide “inspiration and solace” to the painters in the isolated spot.

While the plans were submitted to East Ayrshire Council in August and were given a green light with no objections, the present scam might loosen the interests of the artists to join the royal-owned place that promises an overnight accommodation for artists and aspiring artists associated with The Prince’s Foundation and Royal Drawing School.

But recently, Prince Charles’ foundation was found to have accepted to display a series of false paintings. The scam was discovered after a renown counterfeit artist Tony Tetro claimed that the three paintings displayed at Dumfries House were his work.

The artworks included a reproduction of one of Claude Monet’s waterlilies paintings and a Picasso. Altogether it valued £104m.

Defending Prince Charles against the scam, Royal Expert Erin Hill said, “He has found himself in the middle of this and it has nothing to do with anything he has done.”

She continued, “The artworks were on loan to his charity foundation, on display at his estate in Scotland.

“Tony Tetro has since come forward and said he actually forged these pieces. The foundation said they accepted these works in good faith and they don’t actually authenticate these pieces of art.”

The royal expert added, “The Monet was actually authenticated by a prestigious institute in Paris, so it didn’t get noticed by them.”

A month ago, another royal family fake scam involving the Queen’s name to deceive the Britons came into light. The scam stated that in order to save the British economy, the Queen is reaching out to select a few individuals that can lend the royal house sums ranging between £450,000 and £2,000,000. The money would apparently be used to “save and sustain the UK’s economy after Brexit”.

Such incidents are apparent of the fact that the royal family has unknowingly been involved in multiple scams that has often tarnished the family’s image.

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Queen and Royals Remain Concerned over Mental Health of Sussex Couple

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The Sussex couple, who are reportedly taking six weeks off from royal duties from mid-November, have both worried and disappointed the royal members including the Queen with their attitude.

The Queen has raised concerns over the mental health of her grandson and his wife. A month ago, both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched a war against sections of British press for publishing extracts of a letter that was written by the Duchess of Sussex to her father.

In a later note, the Sussex couple even complained about the pressures of royal life in a bombshell documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, directed by Tom Bradby.

Bradby, who was both the broadcaster and friend of the Sussex couple, post filming the ITV programme, promised that it will “explain a lot”. The documentary, including behind-the-scenes look at the Sussex’s recent visit to southern Africa, was aired in the US on October 23.

Before the release of the documentary, Meghan Markle even opened up about her struggles with motherhood in the public eye. Her open-minded nature resembled that of Queen Elizabeth II’ late sister Princess Margaret, who was confined with changing social norms in Britain and became an intriguing figure within the royal family.

Margaret broke a number of taboos, by marrying to a man outside the aristocracy, paving the way for younger generation of royals. Like Margaret, who entered the circles of the more radical thinking people, while rebelling the royal traditions that hurt the sentiments of the royal members in many ways, Meghan Markle’s behaviour of disclosing her problems in the public has also affected the Queen and the royals.

Markle said, “Look, any woman – especially when they are pregnant – you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn – you know?

“And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed it’s, well…

“And also, thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK.

The former Suits star added that the past year as a member of the royal family had been “hard”. In 2018, the Sussex couple faced huge criticisms their use of private jets despite being eco-warriors.

Furthermore, Prince Harry’s confirmation of indifferences with his brother Prince William in the documentary, has deeply hit the Queen and Prince Charles, who has continuously defended the Sussex couple in public.

The indifferences between the royal brothers have been apparent since the Sussex couple shifted from Kensington Palace to Windsor in May, following which they were being criticised for their obsession with privacy.  

Amid all the criticisms, the Sussex couple’s admittance of the fact that they were struggling under public scrutiny has deeply concerned the Queen, who is worried about their mental health.  The irony of the fact is that even though mental health awareness is the regular chant of the royals, who have been supporting this initiative throughout the UK, they have failed to practice it into their own family.  

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Benioff and Weiss Step Away from Star Wars Trilogy

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David Benioff and DB Weiss, the famous producers and creators of American fantasy drama and television series Game of Thrones, are now backing out of a deal, wherein they were supposed to create and produce a new Star Wars Trilogy together. The news of their parting ways came Monday night, though they said their love for the franchise would remain forever.

“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything,” the duo said in a joint statement. 

It was in February 2018, when Disney announced that both Weiss and Benioff will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films after the finale season of Game of Thrones is completed in 2019. But the high profile names were much criticised during the last season of GOT to an extent where a campaign started on an American social news aggregation Reddit made Benioff and Weiss come in top results in “bad writers” search.

Despite being considered as master storytellers, the much-maligned final season of Game of Thrones questioned the credibility of the writers to handle a Jedi saga. Moreover, their acts of joining the American media-services provider Netflix, while departing HBO was highly criticised.

Both David Benioff and Dan Weiss signed an estimated $200m (£164m) deal with the streaming giant in the month of August, which brought concerns from the HBO writers.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Trilogy is a set of three films, including Star Wars film (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) that came into existence during the 20th century. It would have been the first trilogy after the ‘Skywalker Saga’ that ends with December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and was set to hit the theatres in December 2022.

The relevance of Star Wars can be traced back to 1980s when it entered the realm of Cold War history after it was adopted by the media as a nickname for the 40th US President, Ronald Reagan’s proposed Strategic Defence Initiative, which was aimed to protect the country from incoming nuclear missiles.

Though Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy is hoping for Benioff and Weiss to return to the Star Wars universe once they are out of their busy schedules, there are many others who are elated from the duos’ stepping away from Star Wars.

Departing from HBO and then from Star Wars trilogy, both David Benioff and DB Weiss have proved that they fear nothing when it comes to taking major decisions. Many have been considering that the poor performance and peer pressure from the audience compelled the duo to depart from the Star Wars trilogy, while the writers have been stating another excuse for their exit.

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away,” Benioff and Weiss added.

Meanwhile, there is no confirmation as to what would become of the Star Wars Trilogy post the duo’s departure.

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Is Change of Reign the Cause of Rift between Royal Brothers?

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Rifts in families are a part of life. The Royals, who are considered to be a prototype, promoting national unity and stability, also face subtle differences amongst each other.

Though the royal family members together support The Queen in her many state and national duties, including charitable services, the rifts in their family cannot be neglected. The ITV documentary, An African Journey that was aired on Sunday, shared a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 10-day royal tour disclosing the fact that the Royal brothers, Prince William and Harry had tensions amongst themselves.

The documentary also revealed Meghan’s emotional phase and the challenges she faced post being a mother. The documentary let viewers have behind the scenes access to the modern Royal couple and their baby son Archie in the programme.

As known earlier, the Sussex’s used to share the same household with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. However, in March, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would be creating their own household.

The Sussex’s moving out of the Kensington Palace to Windsor in May was a sign that things behind the scenes were going to change. The move is considered to be one of the major reasons of differences between the royal brothers. Another major change was Sussex’s shifting focus from the combined charitable foundation to the start of their own separate foundation, which became official in July.

The Royal foundation, which was founded by the royal brothers in 2009 to take forward their charitable ambitions, is now run alone by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Since, William and Kate’s charity work focused on mental health and early childhood education, the charity split was seen as logistical with differing interests.

It appears that both the royal brothers are preparing themselves in their own way for the change of reign following the Queen’s continuous ill-health. While suffering from Dementia, the British Monarch officially crowned her grandson and his wife, Kate Middleton as the next King and Queen in a secret ceremony, forgetting all about her successor Prince Charles.

When Bradby asked about the rifts with Prince William, Harry answered, “Part of this role, part of this job, this family, being under the pressure which it’s under, inevitably stuff happens. But we are brothers. We will always be brothers.”

“I will always be there for him, and as I know he will always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to as we are so busy. But I love him dearly and you know the majority of the stuff is probably — well, the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing. But as brothers, you have good days and you have bad days,” the Duke of Sussex added.  

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Ron Ely’s Life Becomes a Tragic Movie as Son Kills Wife

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The lead actor of 1960s Tarzan TV series, Ron Ely lost both his wife and son on Tuesday in a tragedy never heard before. Valerie Lundeen Ely was stabbed to death by their 30-year-old son at their home in California. Police officers, who were called to the Santa Barbara house, found the 62-year-old dead with “multiple stab wounds”.

Authorities stated that police cornered their son, Cameron Ely, outside the house and shot him dead, as they deemed him a threat. “We don’t know exactly how many shots were fired. We did have several deputies that were involved in the shooting,” said Lt Erik Raney of the Sheriff’s Office.

However, Ron Ely was not reported to have any injury during the attack in the luxury suburb of Hope Ranch. Earlier, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office stated that a disabled elderly man was found inside the home and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

“Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely,” it stated. “During the search, the suspect was located outside the home. He posed a threat and in response four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him.”

Ron Ely is best known for his role in the Tarzan TV show that aired on NBC between 1966-68. He was also seen in a lead role in the 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. Between 2001-14, the 80-year-old took a break from showbiz, before he retuned to the small screen to play an Amish elder in the Lifetime movie, Expecting Amish.

“I stepped out of acting to raise a family and be able to spend more time with them here in Santa Barbara. Now, all the kids are through college with advance degrees,” Ely told the Charlotte Observer, when the film came out.
Ron Ely was also known to be a novelist, who penned two action thrillers, Night Shadows in 1994 and East Beach a year later. His wife Lundeen was a former Miss Florida. Apart from Cameron Ely, the couple also have daughters, Kristen and Kaitland.

Moreover, Cameron Ely went to the Harvard University and also attended the elite Philips Exeter Academy boarding school in New Hampshire. He reportedly gave a chilling call at 911 himself, just after 8 p.m. local time.

“We wanted to make sure all the residents were safe while we searched the area. We had initially called in the air support unit and neighbouring law enforcement agencies to come help in the search. When we were able to locate the suspect on the property of the homicide, and after the confrontation, we lifted the shelter in place,” said Lt Raney.

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