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Royal Mums: Comparing Catherine and Diana; Impact Your World: Hole in the Wall Gang Camp; San Diego Mayor Under Fire

Aired July 23, 2013 - 08:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Ah, the beautiful picture, the scene, the music. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Tuesday, July 23rd. I'm Chris Cuomo.

Kate, look up to the camera, there you are. Beautiful, beautiful.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Sorry, sweetie. Just enjoying my time here in London. Hello, everyone, I am Kate Bolduan. Coming up this half hour, royal mums. The comparison is inevitable, so how will Duchess Catherine stack up when compared to the late Princess Diana? It's something people have asked ever since Will and Kate were -- especially when they were married. Chris?

CUOMO: Important and poignant. That's going to be an interesting one.

Also, here, the mayor of San Diego facing serious allegations of sexual harassment from his former communications director. That's going to be a lawsuit we're going to tell you about. Other headlines, as well. The five things you need to know for your day that only Michaela knows.


CUOMO: Thank you. See, that's why you're the only one who knows.

PEREIRA: Exactly. So the question -- has confessed NSA leaker Edward Snowden overplayed his hand? Intelligence officials now taking a closer look at everything he stole and it appears he missed the crown jewel.

CNN's Barbara Starr is at the Pentagon with the latest. Barbara?

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Michaela. Well, yes, U.S. officials saying Snowden did not get the crown jewels. What are the crown jewels? That's the actual content of NSA communications intercepts, the actually conversations between terrorists, for example. He didn't get that far into the system.

But, you know, skeptics may wonder if they are now downplaying him because he's still at large. Government officials say absolutely not, he caused real damage. Terrorists are taking notice of what has been released and they are now trying to reconstruct some of the government intercept networks, move things around, get back fully into business.

There are some fixes under way post-Snowden, if you will. More passwords, two-man download systems, and, very interestingly, they believe now they know how he did get to everything, that there was simply too much data, too much information, in one place in the NSA computer systems. Snowden knew it and he got into that. Michaela?

PEREIRA: Barbara Starr, thank you.

Here's to other things we need to know. An investigation under way into what caused the nose gear to collapse on a Southwest Airlines flight into LaGuardia Airport. Several passengers and crew members were hospitalized.

A hearing on the status of Massachusetts police sergeant Sean Murphy who leaked pictures of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he was captured.

A judge is expected to decide whether O.J. Simpson received a fair trial. He's currently serving 33 years for a botched robbery at a Las Vegas hotel.

And at number five, First Lady Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker this morning at the National Convention -- Council, rather, of La Raza Convention in New Orleans. She is going to discuss childhood obesity.

You know, we're always updating the five things to know, so be sure to go to for the very latest.

CUOMO: All right, now let's get the latest on the royal baby watch. Back to our girl Kate over there in London. What do you have?

BOLDUAN: Hi, darling. Thanks, guys.

The comparisons between Duchess Catherine and Princess Diana, they may not be the fairest, but it's really unavoidable, really. Parallels to the late Princess Diana have been drawn ever since Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother's engagement ring, you'll remember. And now that Kate has given birth to a son, don't expect the comparisons to end.


BOLDUAN (voice-over): No doubt many were flashing back to June of 1982 when Princess Diana introduced the world to baby Prince William for the first time. When this framed birth announcement was placed on a gilded easel outside Buckingham Palace, Will and Kate's tiny new addition officially became part of a family full of long-standing tradition, like that easel. It's the same one that bore the announcement of Prince William 31 years ago.

And the hospital, dozens of news organizations have been staked outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital for weeks. The same place Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William. MICHELLE TAN, SENIOR EDITOR, PEOPLE MAGAZINE: What's really great is Kate and Will are really upholding tradition with the birth of their baby boy. They both went to the same wing that Princess Diana and Prince Charles welcomed William, and so what we're seeing is just following tradition.

BOLDUAN: Every moment of their pregnancies was seen and scrutinized around the world, from how they looked to what they wore.

TAN: They were actually starting trends. Whatever they wore, other people followed suit and usually -- whether it was Diana or Kate -- those dresses sold out immediately.

BOLDUAN: So will Kate mirror Diana in motherhood? The new baby prince will be raised in the same home, Kensington Palace, where William and Harry grew up. And many royal experts believe Kate will try to give her child the same sense of normalcy Diana always strived for.

TAN: We're going to see probably them take the baby on official tours the same way Diana took Prince William and Prince Harry on official tours. She really wants to be a hands-on mom. They're really going to be a united front in terms of a family.


BOLDUAN (on camera): And Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, released a statement just a short while ago saying this, quote, "We're all so pleased: it's wonderful news. My father always told us how Diana was born on just such a blisteringly hot day, at Sandringham, in July 1961. It's another very happy summer's day half a century later."

Very sweet from Diana's family.

Now joining me now to talk more about this is CNN's royal historian, Kate Williams. Just looking back to see some more pomp and pageantry going on beyond us.

KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL HISTORIAN: We're getting ready for the 41- gun salute that's going to happen about 2:00. That's traditional, ever since the birth of Edward VII in the 19th century, 41 guns have been fired for the birth of an heir to the throne. So let's cover our ears.

BOLDUAN: We'll definitely cover up our ears. I see the guns traveling past us right now.

WILLIAMS: (INAUDIBLE) gun carriages actually, from the First World War. There are seven of them so they're pretty incredible. And they will keep firing until 41 is done.

BOLDUAN: It's actually a perfect segue because you're talking about -- the birth of an heir, there's so much tradition that comes with it, but as we were seeing that piece, I don't think Diana and Charles are really given enough credit for how they really broke the mold, did things their own way, really modernized raising a royal baby, set the stage for William and Kate.

WILLIAMS: You are so right, Kate. Diana and Charles transformed everything. I mean, Diana was an incredible mother. When you think that she had William when she was so young, in her early 20s, she had two children, but she was an incredible mother -- so creative, so imaginative, so devoted. All the old traditions were swept away. She had her children in the hospital. She kept her children by her all the time.

You know, the queen, when Charles was very young, she went away on tour and she missed his first teeth, his first word, that was fine. Diana didn't want that. She took the children with her. We all remember that fantastic photo of her putting out her arms for William and Harry to run to her. She was such a devoted mother.

So this is the question: Duchess Catherine is seen by the world, is looked at by the world, she's wearing Diana's engagement ring. There's a little boy, a future king, but we know that she said she wants to be a really great mother. And most of all what she wants to do is give the child some kind of normal upbringing, just as she had. She went to Brownies -- I know you have those in the States, as well -- went to Brownies, went to the local school. That's what I think she hopes that the boy might do. Cub Scouts, here he comes.

BOLDUAN: Kate, also what do you think, traditionally, what is the role and how much influence does the mother's family play? And how will the maybe, the Middletons' role in the upbringing of this baby be different?

WILLIAMS: Traditionally, the mother's family plays no role whatsoever. They are pretty much pushed out the way. This is the heir to the throne; it's not about her family.

It's going to be different this time, because first of all, Carole Middleton, she's the only real grandmother and she also is terribly close to Kate. We do believe now that after -- William and Kate -- after William goes back to (INAUDIBLE) Wales because his paternity leave, his two weeks off work because of having a new baby, is over, that Kate will go to her parents' house in Bucklebury and spend the next period of time getting used to the baby with her mother. So she won't be with nannies, she won't be Camilla or Charles; she'll be with her mother. The influence of Carole Middleton is going to be very strong and William wants it that way; he adores her.

BOLDUAN: That's a good point. And when we're talking about the influence of Diana, on how she raised William and how he'll then raise his own son, one thing that is very different, she was very protective of trying to keep them private, give them some kind of privacy. One aspect that's also very different from when William was growing up is the role of social media. It's not just the traditional press that is wanting to get into their world; social media kind of breaks down barriers.

WILLIAMS: That's so right. Diana was inspired in the way that she gave them a normal life, going to the cinema, going to amusement parks, but also keeping them private. And what she used to do was she used to make a deal with the photographers. OK, you can have a few photos, which we'll let you shoot, and then leave us alone. Photographers agreed to that.

That can't happen now. Whatever happens with the mainstream media, there are still people out with Internet cameras, with iPhones, and we know that William and Kate, they were snapped in Mystique not by a mainstream photographer or mainstream news organization, by an individual on the beach with them and knew that that kind of picture can these days garner you hundreds of thousands of pounds.

BOLDUAN: Get you a lot of money, yes. That's going to be a lot of give and take they're going to have to learn and everyone's going to have to work with.

Kate, stick with me, we've got much more coming up. Thank you so much for everything.

I think we want to show you live pictures. Did you hear all that racket that was going on behind us? I don't know if you see it. They're setting up for the big -- I would call the big finale of our show, the 41-gun salute to celebrate the birth of the new royal. We're going to be watching; they're going to be setting up for that and we're going to be watching it right along with you. Chris?

CUOMO: Very cool. Can't wait for that. Kate, we'll be back to you for it in just a little bit.

Right now, though, it is time for impact your world, Paul Newman style. The late actor created a summer camp for sick children to escape reality, naming it after the Hole in the Wall gang from his blockbuster film, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". Well now, Newman's friend Alec Baldwin is carrying on with his mission and making an impact for these kids.


ALEC BALDWIN, ACTOR: Hi, I'm Alec Baldwin, and we can make an impact on children's cancer.

I've been involved with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut around 20 years now, and the reason I got involved was a friend of mine introduced me to Paul Newman. When you come to the camp, what's interesting is you see the joy in the kids' faces. They're having an experience here that they would likely only have here. The parents that you spend most of the time talking to discuss what they've been going through and they've been going through a lot, because there's just nothing more vexing, I think, than to have a child who has a grave illness and you're powerless to do something about that.

All right, Cam, what's the deal? Let's go.

These kids have an excess of the difficult things in life. It robs them of their childhood, and when they come to the camp, they have a childhood on so many different levels.

Hole in the Wall is something where we have to keep it going and it has to expand. Probably the greatest cause I've ever seen in my life. Join the movement, impact your world,


CUOMO: Just one of the things that made Paul Newman such a great man, not just a great actor. And Alec is right, just because you're a child doesn't mean you have a childhood when you have one of these illnesses.

PEREIRA: Absolutely, makes them grow up way too soon.

CUOMO: It does. You're totally right, Mick. We're going to take a break here. When we come back, San Diego mayor Bob Filner under pressure. Former supporters say he sexually harassed them, now one is coming forward and suing.

PEREIRA: Plus, what put six inches of snow on a yard in Texas in the middle of summer? Well, nothing less than the power of the good stuff. Stay with us.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY everybody.

A former staffer for the mayor of San Diego has come forward with new and disturbing allegations of his behavior towards female co-workers. Bob Filner's former communications director has filed a sexual harassment suit against him claiming he put her through a nightmare.

CNN's Tory Dunnan is live in San Diego with the latest. Torrey what do we know?

TORY DUNNAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well Chris, the Mayor is in the middle of a firestorm that is only getting hotter with this alarming new lawsuit.


IRENE MCCORMACK JACKSON, MAYOR BOB FILNER'S FORMER COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: He had asked me to work without my underwear on. I saw him place his hands where they did not belong on numerous women.

DUNNAN (voice-over): Irene McCormack Jackson is coming forward with graphic charges of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. She says working as the mayor's communications director was the worst six months of her entire career.

MCCORMACK-JACKSON: I was placed in the Filner headlock and moved around as a rag doll while he whispered sexual comments in my ear.

DUNNAN: McCormack-Jackson is the first alleged victim to show her face in a scandal that surfaced nearly two weeks ago when a former city councilwoman said she had evidence Filner engaged in inappropriate behavior with some women. The Mayor's office declined our request for an interview.

But in a new statement, Filner says, quote, "I do not believe these claims are valid. That is why due process is so important. I intend to defend myself vigorously and I know that justice will prevail."

Just last week, the 70-year-old Democrat posted this video acknowledging he needed help.

BOB FILNER, MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO: I am embarrassed to admit I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me.

DUNNAN: But he hasn't admitted to claims of harassment. Filner's fight goes on amid growing calls for his resignation.

TODD GLORIA (D), SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: This is not a partisan thing. This is a right and wrong thing. Sexual harassment is wrong.

DUNNAN (on camera): Bottom line, what do you want to happen?

KEVIN FAULCONER (R) SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCILMAN: The Mayor needs to resign and the Mayor needs to resign immediately. We can't be America's finest city with America's worst mayor.

MCCORMACK-JACKSON: He is not fit to be Mayor of our great city.


DUNNAN: And Chris, it's important to point out that even though he's relatively new to the mayor's office, he is no stranger to politics. In fact, Bob Filner served five terms in Congress.

CUOMO: All right. Tory, thank you very much for the reporting for us out there, I appreciate it.

We're going to take a break now. Coming up on NEW DAY, "The Good Stuff." This is a good one.

PEREIRA: We need some of this.

CUOMO: We do and we're going to get it making a little girl's dream come true with a winter wonderland.

PEREIRA: Love it. And back to London where we're awaiting a 41-gun salute honoring the birth of the newest royal. Stay with us.


CUOMO: I love this good stuff because the whole town came together that she never saw it coming, this little girl.

PEREIRA: Well the look on her face is adorable, too.

CUOMO: This is the one thing she wants.


CUOMO: All right, everybody. It's the Mickey and Mo edition of "The Good Stuff" today. In today's edition 6-year-old Maddy Higgins. Maddy has a dream to see snow for the first time in her life, ok. She also has cancer. An aggressive form of brain cancer and more problematic for the snow part of the story is she lives in Arlington, Texas.

OK, so how do you see that goal come true? You can't, right? Wrong. Take a look.

That is snow in Arlington, Texas. And of course, Maddy knew exactly what to do first, she built a snowman.


PEREIRA: Absolutely.

CUOMO: And got into a snowball fight -- got a good arm on that kid.


CUOMO: The snow is courtesy of a dedicated group of volunteers called Kinsley's Cure they ordered 20,000 pounds of ice that was shaved and pumped on to Maddy's lawn. It was a needed bit of relief for a little girl who's already been through two brain surgeries. If you'd like to learn more about Maddy you can. You can visit her family's Facebook page at Fight for Maddie.

PEREIRA: Pairs of a little boots on and having a grand old time.

CUOMO: They knew the need was there, they got together, they figured how to get the ice and they made a dream come true.

PEREIRA: Well done.

CUOMO: Changed her life by doing that.

PEREIRA: Well done.

CUOMO: And she's already got a battle that she can't handle. It's tough. She's got enough already.

That is why we call it "The Good Stuff". We want to hear about "The Good Stuff" that's going on in your community or your life. Let us know, you tweet us, post with the #NewDay on Facebook, go to our Web site, whatever you want. That's good stuff from here.

Let's get some good stuff out of London, shall we?

PEREIRA: We need the British good stuff.

CUOMO: Kate.

BOLDUAN: British good stuff, I have British good stuff. I also have exactly what I know you guys want, gifts, memorabilia. This is some of the first real --

PEREIRA: What did you purchase?

BOLDUAN: I need to be careful, the real good stuff straight from where else, guys, Harrods'?

PEREIRA: China. Oh wow.

BOLDUAN: A commemorative dish, and it says "Harrods' celebrates the first baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 2013." It's really beautiful and very delicate. It has little hearts around the rim. It's absolutely gorgeous. Simon, stick with me, I'm going to grab one more thing from Lindsey thank you so much my dear. How can you not love a little baby mug?

PEREIRA: I love it.

BOLDUAN: Isn't it adorable? This royal baby they call him Prams here, we call them strollers.

PEREIRA: Fantastic.

CUOMO: Very nice.

BOLDUAN: And then there's Harrods' the first baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 2013. I'll do a little shopping you know that's something I do very, very well and I'll bring you back some gifts, guys.

CUOMO: Very nice. Very nice. That's great. We're going to take a break so we can get to the 41-gun salute. Thanks for the gifts.

PEREIRA: We love it. Bye, Kate.

BOLDUAN: You got it.


CUOMO: Hey, everybody, that's it for NEW DAY. Kate thanks for all the great coverage from London and for Mickey and me back here in New York --

BOLDUAN: Thanks guys.

CUOMO: -- thanks so much for watching. CNN NEWSROOM with Carol Costello begins right now. Cheerio -- Carol.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, cheerio and good morning to you all. Have a great day.