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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Step Down as Senior Royals
It’s been a whirlwind week for the British monarchy. In what has been dubbed as “Megxit”, the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have renounced their roles as senior royals and chosen to move to North America in an effort to become financially independent. The news came as a shock, as reports flooded the media that the Royal Family had been caught off guard by the announcement. Given rising tensions within the family and the aggressive media coverage of the young couple in the UK, there are plenty of reasons why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would want to take a step back from their royal duties. Reactions, however, have been mixed.
In the US, social media erupted with glee, comparing their decision to an anti-establishment grand escape, while the decision has widely been met with mockery and derision in the UK. Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace had only this to say: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.” You could cut the tension with a knife.
The Balenciaga x Hello Kitty Bags Are Coming
In lighter news, the adorable Balenciaga x Hello Kitty bags that first appeared at the Spring/Summer 2020 show will soon be available for purchase. Hello Kitty’s visage will grace the exterior of the ‘Ville’ bag, the ‘Phone Holder’, the ‘XXS’ tote, and the ‘XS Camera’ bag, making options for collectors plentiful. Balenciaga’s playful collaboration takes the idea of a luxury bag and recontextualizes it according to the familiar and delightful Hello Kitty aesthetic. The bags drop worldwide and online on January 27.
Harvey Weinstein Is Charged in Court
Recently, all eyes have been on a Manhattan courthouse, where Harvey Weinstein is undergoing trial for rape. More than 80 women have accused the former film producer of sexual assault and rape, including many high-profile Hollywood actresses. Only hours after the trial started, two more serious charges emerged accompanied by a statement from Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey that read, “I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them. It is my hope that all victims of sexual violence find strength and healing as they move forward.” If convicted, Weinstein could spend the rest of his life in jail.
Chalhoub Group Launches Loyalty Program Muse
Chalhoub Group is bringing a new and exciting concept to the region called Muse. This experience-led loyalty program has been created for customers in the UAE and Kuwait, and includes benefits from fashion retailers such as Level Shoes and Salvatore Ferragamo to coveted beauty brands including NARS and Urban Decay, as well as lifestyle brands Swarovski and Tumi. The program is accessed through a smartphone app where customers can manage their experiences, which range from points earned through purchases and complimentary services to preferred rates at specified retailers.