Queen Elizabeth II agreed Monday to grant Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor.
The British monarch said in a statement that the summit of senior royals on Monday was "constructive," and that it had been "agreed that there will be a period of transition'' in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend time in Canada and the UK."
The summit at the queen's Sandringham estate in eastern England marked the first face-to-face talks with Harry since he and Meghan unveiled the controversial plan to step back from their royal roles.
"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family,'' the queen said in a statement. "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.''
The meeting came after days of intense news coverage, in which supporters of the royal family's feuding factions used the British media to paint conflicting pictures of who was to blame for the rift.
Buckingham Palace said "a range of possibilities" would be discussed, but the queen was determined to resolve the situation within "days, not weeks." Buckingham Palace stressed, however, that "any decision will take time to be implemented."
One of the more fraught questions that needs to be worked out is precisely what it means for a royal to be financially independent and what activities can be undertaken to make money. Other royals who have ventured into the world of commerce have found it complicated.
Prince Andrew, for example, has faced heated questions about his relationship with the late convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew, the queen's second son, has relinquished royal duties and patronages after being accused by a woman who says she was an Epstein trafficking victim who slept with the prince.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also face questions on paying for taxpayer-funded security. Home Secretary Priti Patel refused to comment, but said safety was a priority.
There were signs earlier in the day that the House of Windsor had moved to unite. Princes William and Harry issued a joint statement criticizing a newspaper article on the severe strain in their relationship, calling the story offensive and potentially harmful as they embark on talks regarding the future of the British monarchy.
Though the statement didn't name the newspaper, the Times of London had a front page story about the crisis in which a source alleged that Harry and Meghan had been pushed away by the "bullying attitude from" William. The joint statement insisted that the story was "false.''
"For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful," the statement said.
The Italian National Fashion Chamber is promoting a diversity agenda among Milan's major fashion houses, a year after several top Italian brands faced criticism for designs and remarks seen as culturally and racially insensitive.
Its manifesto backed by major Italian fashion brands aims to increase racial and gender diversity in key roles in Milan's fashion houses, which fashion chamber president Carlo Capasa acknowledged was lagging in a recent interview with The Associated Press ahead of Milan Fashion Week.
''We have been speaking for many years against discrimination based on gender, religion, skin color and physical ability. But we must acknowledge that this has not been truly implemented,'' Capasa said. ''We looked at our industry and we saw there is disparity. We saw that a disparity of gender persists, that there are conditions not favorable to women in the workplace and in some cases there is discrimination.''
While Capasa resisted framing the manifesto as a direct reaction to the scandals involving blackface designs by Gucci and Prada, and a Chinese backlash that forced fashion house Dolce&Gabbana to cancel a major Shanghai show, the incidents show the cultural blind spots that can arise when a fashion house is too homogeneous.
Capasa said the Milan fashion world must work harder to attract people of color. "If global companies want to represent the world they are targeting, they must welcome diversity and look beyond their own borders,'' he said, citing the relative homogeneity of Italian society.
Milan has lagged the other main fashion cities of Paris, New York and London in racial diversity on the runway, according to season diversity reporting by the Fashion Spot. Capasa said the stories that fashion houses want to tell are often linked to their Italian roots, and that runway choices are linked to model agencies' offerings since not all models come to Milan.
While many Milan fashion houses take their creative direction from women -- including Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Angela Missoni -- and more women than men work in the fashion industry, Capasa said efforts are needed to get more women into decision-making roles.
''If we look at the boards, at the CEOs, at other key roles, there might be an advantage for men,'' Capasa said. ''But we don't want to introduce quotas obligating companies to promote women. We want to create the conditions so that women can have the same chances.''
The chamber's manifesto does not include hard commitments. Instead, it presents concepts that ''will serve as a model for a radical reform in terms of diversity and inclusion.''
They were adopted by the chamber's more than 100 members, which include most major Milan fashion houses with the notable exception of Dolce&Gabbana, and will be monitored every year for progress.
They call for changing representations of the standards of beauty on runways and in magazine campaigns, acknowledging that ''canons of physical beauty and harmful psychological models have spread throughout the industry.'' They also present inclusion as a business opportunity that can boost financial results while improving trust with clients.
Gucci and Prada have independently made efforts to address the scandals. Gucci's efforts include launching a scholarship program to reach students who have been underrepresented in the fashion industry, while Prada announced a diversity council headed by two Americans, artist Theaster Gates and film director Ava DuVernay.
Capasa put the fashion chamber's initiatives in the context of an ever more globalized industry where 2.5 billion people follow the fashion world on social media accounts and can, with a single post, shift a fashion company's fortunes.
Meanwhile the center of fashion's commercial gravity has shifted to Asia, with Chinese consumers accounting for 90% of luxury sales growth last year, according to a study by the consultancy Bain & Co.
"The push to speak about diversity of inclusion comes directly from the fact that globalization made us understand that you cannot speak in the same way that you spoke before," Capasa said. "The audience has become much bigger.''
Sikder Group has signed a sponsorship agreement of Tk 5 crore to make a full-length film titled ‘Chironjib Mujib’.
The film will be made based on the autobiography of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said a press release.
The main plot of the movie will be taken from “Unfinished Autobiography”.
The production of this film is being sponsored by Sikder Group, National Bank and PowerPac Holdings Ltd jointly.
The production of this film is being sponsored by Sikder Group, National Bank and PowerPac Holdings Ltd jointly, mentioned the press release.
Ron Haque Sikder on behalf of Sikder Group, PowerPac Holdings Limited and National Bank Limited signed the sponsorship agreement on Saturday evening at Sikder Haus, Banani in the capital.
According to the agreement, the income from the commercial use of the film, exhibition and advertisement of this film will be donated to the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust.
Chief Operating Officer of Chief Operating Officer, SQ Islam Mohon, DMD of National Bank Limited A.S.M. Bulbul, among other senior officials of Sikder Group were also present in the ceremony.
Chinese comedy film "Adoring" remained number one at the Chinese mainland box office Saturday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Sunday.
The film raked in nearly 23.6 million yuan (about 3.4 million U.S. dollars) on its twelfth day of screening, accounting for about 18 percent of the daily total.
"Adoring" revolves around six warm stories about pets and their owners during different ages and their journeys to find and appreciate love.
It was followed by "Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master.
The film grossed about 23 million yuan, with its total box office revenue reaching over 1 billion yuan.
"Sheep Without a Shepherd" ranked third with ticket sales of about 22.2 million yuan. The film has also grossed more than 1 billion yuan since its release.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will share host duties for the Golden Globes ceremony in 2021.
Poehler herself shared the announcement at a TV critics meeting Saturday, just a week after the ceremony aired with Ricky Gervais as host.
"There are no two funnier people anywhere," said Poehler, who introduced herself with the name of an NBC publicist who was to have opened the network's daylong presentation about its programming.
A tongue-in-cheek Poehler said the network was glad the pair found time in their busy schedules to take on the Globes. They have hosted three times before.
At last Sunday's ceremony, Gervais' snarky jokes in his fifth turn as host received mixed reviews and reactions from the celebrity audience. Poehler and Fey earned a warmer reception for their comedic approach.
Gervais repeatedly said during the ceremony that it was the last time he intended to emcee. A total of 18.3 million viewers tuned in, a small drop over the 18.6 million who watched the 2019 ceremony co-hosed by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.
"There's no denying that Tina and Amy's comedic chemistry is infectious," said Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which bestows the TV and movie awards. "We can't wait to see the dynamic duo return to the Golden Globes stage."
Poehler joked that she couldn't wait to present the best film award to the video, "Puppy Dog Bouncing in the Box Like This."
NBC is keeping her busy: The network announced Saturday it's renewed the craft show "Making It," hosted and produced by Poehler and Nick Offerman, former "Parks and Recreation" castmates.
The date for next year's Golden Globes will be announced later, NBC said.