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One-On-One With Prince William; Rain Swamps Gulf Coast and Southeast; Idaho Wildfire; High School Football Death

Aired August 19, 2013 - 08:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Prince William speaks for the first time since becoming a father and he speaks only to CNN's Max Foster. The global event happens just minutes from now.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Deadly storms. The southeast slammed by floods and more rain is on the way. This as beaches turn deadly with two killed by rip tides. We're live with the latest.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Death on the field. A high school football star after breaking his neck at a preseason practice dies. He is the fourth to die this summer. Today what parents need to know to keep their kids safe.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His body just immediately went limp.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My wedding dress --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you getting married today?



BOLDUAN: Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is Monday, August 19th, 8:00 in the east. I'm Kate Bolduan.

CUOMO: And I'm Chris Cuomo, here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

We want to extend a special welcome to our CNN viewers from around the world, joining us for our Prince William interview. The prince is giving his first one-on-one interview since the birth of Prince George. So, what's it like being a dad with the world watching? That interview just moments away. But we do want to get you to news you need to hear about, so let's get to Michaela for that. Mick.

PEREIRA: All right, here are the headlines at this hour.

A trial date now set for blade runner Oscar Pistorius, charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Riva Steenkamp. Pistorius indicted during a hearing this morning. He denies murdering Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for an intruder. Today's indictment happening on what would have been Steenkamp's 30th birthday.

New developments out of Cairo in Egypt. A Cairo criminal court reportedly ordering the release of former President Hosni Mubarak while keeping his two sons in prison. But Mubarak remains in custody. All this following a violent weekend. Clashes killing up to 1,000 people. The violence there putting the U.S. and Europe in the difficult position of reevaluating generous aid packages to that country.

Embattled Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez got plunked by a Ryan Dempster fast ball in the second inning of last night's game in Boston. A-Rod later hits a home run that helped lead the Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Sox.

Now, A-Rod taking on his own team. He is filing a medical grievance against the Yankees. Rodriguez says the Yankees medical staff didn't tell him about a serious hip injury when they cleared him to play during the 2012 post-season. We'll be watching this story to be sure.

BOLDUAN: Because it never seems to end.

PEREIRA: No, it sure does not. Every day new twists and turns.

BOLDUAN: All right, Michaela. Yes, thanks so much.

Let's get now to a global event. First on CNN, a one-on-one interview with Prince William, the future king, opening up about parenthood for the very first time since the birth of his son, Prince George, telling CNN royal correspondent Max Foster about everything from the changes in his life, to the changing of royal diapers. Max Foster is here in New York with us this morning.

MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: We call them nappies there.

BOLDUAN: We do call them nappies. We do call -- I did learn that while I was over there (INAUDIBLE).

We're seeing a very different side of the prince. I'm sure he's kind of a different man now.

FOSTER: Well, yes, I mean I think this is the first time you've seen him this animated. And I'd love to say it was all down to me, but I think partly it was the moment. You know, this was less than two weeks after George was born and I think he was caught up in that whole world. So we'll let you see, but he basically was talking initially about this moment when they came out of the hospital - you were that. That immense bank of cameras. I mean I just wanted to get his reaction as a new dad to that.


PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE: I think more shock and dauntingness was the feeling I felt. But it was -- the thing is, it's some - I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine, about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him. As any new parent knows, would, you were only too happy to show off your - your new child and, you know, proclaim that he's the best looking or the best everything.

FOSTER: There's the baby. The new royal heir in the United Kingdom.

You were comfortable there?

PRINCE WILLIAM: Yes, I felt, again, it was - it's - it's not somewhere I enjoy being, but I know that in the position I'm in that's what's required of me to do and I think it's -- you know, it's one of those things and I'm - you know, it's nice that people want to see George. So, you know, I'm just glad he wasn't screaming his head off the whole way through.

FOSTER: That moment when you came out with the car seat, I mean we had some warning that you might be doing that. Fathers around the planet will be cursing you for doing it so easily.

PRINCE WILLIAM: Believe me, it wasn't my first time. And I know there's been speculation about it. I had to practice. I really did. I was terrified that I was going to do some - you know, it was going to fall off or, you know, it wasn't going to close properly.


PRINCE WILLIAM: So I had actually practiced with that seat (INAUDIBLE) before.

FOSTER: And your decision to drive off. I remember that moment as well. That was the most nerve-racking thing for me, having my family in the car. But that was something that you were clearly determined to do?

PRINCE WILLIAM: Well, I can be. I'm as independent as I want to be, and same as Catherine and Harry. We've all grown up, you know, differently to other generations. And I very much feel, if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself. And there are times when you can't do it yourself and the system takes over or it's appropriate to do things differently. But I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital (INAUDIBLE), it was really important to me and I - I don't like fuss, so it's much easier to do it yourself.

FOSTER: And you didn't stall.

PRINCE WILLIAM: I didn't stall. Well, it was an automatic, so it's all right.

FOSTER: The interpretation of the imagery we saw there, which went around the world, was that this was a modern monarchy and a new wave monarchy. But was it that? Are we reading too much into it? Is it just you doing it your way, you and your wife doing it your own way?

PRINCE WILLIAM: I think so. And I'm just doing it the way I know and, you know, if it's the right way, then brilliant. If it's the wrong way, then, well, I'll try and do it better. But, no, I just - I'm quite - I'm reasonably head strong about what I believe in and what I go for and I've got fantastic people around me who give me great support and advice.

FOSTER (voice-over): The prince says baby George is already quite a character.

PRINCE WILLIAM: Well, yes, he's a little bit of a rascal, we'll put it that way. So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I'm not sure. But he's doing very well at the moment. He does like to keep having his nappy changed. And --

FOSTER (on camera): You did the first nappy, of course?

PRINCE WILLIAM: I did the first nappy, yes, exactly.

FOSTER: The badge of honor.

PRINCE WILLIAM: It was a badge of honor, actually. I wasn't allowed to get away with that. I had every midwife staring at me going, you do it, you do it. He's a little - he's growing quite quickly, actually, but he's a little fighter. He kind of wiggles around quite a lot and he doesn't want to get to sleep (ph) that much, which is a little bit of a problem, but he's --

FOSTER: So you're up a lot at night. You're pretty tired.

PRINCE WILLIAM: A little bit, yes. Not as much as Catherine, but, you know, she's - she's doing a fantastic job.

FOSTER: How is she, OK?

PRINCE WILLIAM: Yes, she's very well. For me, Catherine and our little George are my priorities, and Lupo. And so -

FOSTER: I was going to ask you about Lupo.


FOSTER: How's Lupo coping?

PRINCE WILLIAM: He's coping all right, actually. I mean as a lot of people know, who've got dogs and bringing a newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt. There's some - no, he's been all right so far. He's been slobbering sort of around the house a bit. So he's a - he's perfectly happy.

FOSTER: And how are you about going back to work?

PRINCE WILLIAM: Well, as a few fathers might know, I'm actually quite looking forward to going back to work.

FOSTER: Get some sleep.

PRINCE WILLIAM: Get some sleep, exactly, yes. So I'm just hoping the first few shifts I go back I don't have any night jobs. FOSTER (voice-over): One of Prince William's great passions is savoring endangering species in Africa. He wants his son to experience the same Africa that he saw as a boy and as a young man, to spark in his son a passion for preserving the rarest wild animals, much as his father did with him.

FOSTER (on camera): You talked about your father possibly whispering (INAUDIBLE) in your ear as a sweet, young boy.

PRINCE WILLIAM: Yes, sweet nothings.

FOSTER: Are you going to do the same with Prince George? Because it's such - it's a cause that you care so deeply about. Would you like him to pick up on it?

PRINCE WILLIAM: Probably. At this point I'll probably whisper sweet nothings in his ear, I'll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room. We'll cover it in sort of, you know, lots of bushes and make him grow up as if he's in the bush.

FOSTER (voice-over): He says the possibility of his son carrying on the royal family's legacy in Africa isn't his immediate concern.

PRINCE WILLIAM: At the moment, the only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not change his nappy quite so many times.

FOSTER: Like any new mother or father, parenthood has surprised and amazed Prince William.

PRINCE WILLIAM: I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different, emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself. And I find, again, it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.


BOLDUAN: I think a lot of fathers would say the same thing.


BOLDUAN: What an amazing conversation.

CUOMO: Well, I think one of the things, and you should give yourself credit for this, Max, is that you opened him up to the new person that he is. The moment you become a parent, you have an ease in talking about your kids and your responsibility that you never had talking about yourself because you don't care about yourself, but you care about them. And he evidenced that. And it was interesting, family, right, it becomes so much more significant when you have a kid. And I wonder what it is meaning to him about his mother, the legacy so large, everything he knows he learned from her, and she did do it differently on purpose. It's now natural to him. But what do you think about that in terms of the context of where his head is?

FOSTER: Well, I think -- what's interesting is, he is hands on. He's getting up at night and Kate's getting up at night. He did the car seat, he drove off. He's tired. He was emotional. He was still grappling really with what it meant to be a father. How it had changed him. And as you and I know, this is something that all new fathers experience.

But he wouldn't normally do that as a royal. He would normally have had this army of staff to drive, to look after the baby, to get up at night, but he's doing it himself. And what you see there is a new father, an ordinary father, but he's a prince. So that's - I think that's why we get the real Prince William in this interview.

BOLDUAN: Yes, it seems like you do get -- as Chris said, you do open him up. I mean he seems like just like one of us is kind of the way you feel when you watch it. But at the same time, the whole world is watching how they're going to raise this child and they're settled into a lot of new things themselves. Are they settled yet into Kensington Palace?

FOSTER: Well, we went past - that was their garden, actually, and they've got this tiny little cottage there and the duchess and the baby were in there. We didn't see them. They are adjusting. He's going back to work. I thought that was brilliant, don't know what you think, Chris, when he said, can't wait to go back to work. I mean it's something that most fathers probably feel, but won't actually admit.

CUOMO: And should never say.

FOSTER: And this is part of a much broader conversation we had about African conservation. We've been trying to get this interview for a couple of years. He's doing some great work with The Tusk Trust in Africa. You'll see that on September the 15th, the big special on CNN. But he talks there about Diana and how the work that he was doing there is a legacy to her. And I think, you know, it's such a shame that we've got this news over the weekend about, you know, all these conspiracy theories, because you see here William really being himself, he's moved on from all of that and I think it's so sad for him to hear these sort of stories.

BOLDUAN: Well, and you can only imagine that this is a time when he thinks most about his mom.



CUOMO: Yes, there's no question about it. You know, when you're looking at that baby, the first thing you then want to do is obviously you look at the woman who gave it to you -

BOLDUAN: Of course.

CUOMO: And she's never more important to you in your life than that, but you look right to your parents.


CUOMO: And that's hard. It's a hole he's going to have to have.

FOSTER: And it's interesting that Kate's mother, Carol, you know, they've been living there and she must have been very hands on.


FOSTER: I mean so she is really filling that grandmother role. And I just think he gave a lot to us during that interview and it's the first time -


FOSTER: It's the - it was a lot for him to give and here's a lot more to come in September. It's really, really interesting.

PEREIRA: I've heard from friends after they've had their first, and especially the men, how profoundly they're affected by holding that baby for the first time. And I know you both feel that.


PEREIRA: Does he talk about that a little bit? And you've had a chance to talk to him before. What are the changes that you see in him?

FOSTER: Well, he was blown away by seeing the baby, I know that, for the first time. And they had this period in the hospital of four hours before they announced it. And that was very important to him to have this bonding time and the family's bond.


FOSTER: And he talked there (ph) and it's the way he says, you know, of course it's him and his wife and his baby and the dog. Always the dog.

BOLDUAN: Their first born.

FOSTER: But it's the way he says it. It's a very tight unit. He brings Harry up all the time, as well. And that's how they cope. I mean it's an unusual role. But I spoke to my wife about that sort of feeling you get as a father. And I do think, I don't know if I'm generalizing here, but as a father, you first get blown away by that connection when you see the mother, whereas the mother has had this connection build over time.


FOSTER: And he was really in that zone, I think.

BOLDUAN: Well, and this is a man who does not speak to the media very often. Only on things that he cares very much about and he's talking about two of those things -- his child and his charities that he's cared so much about and he's talking about it with you, which is great.

CUOMO: I hope you told him that this is the easy part. FOSTER: I did mention, why on earth haven't you got a nanny, because I would have killed for a nanny? (INAUDIBLE) going around.

PEREIRA: He offered to stay (ph) at your house.

FOSTER: Yes, I know. I mean they've got that - (INAUDIBLE) butler, of course. They've got that option available as a fall-back, which many people don't.

CUOMO: But we'll remind everyone, you can see the special you're working very hard on, September 15th, 10:00. We don't want to miss that.

PEREIRA: Well done, Max.

BOLDUAN: Thank you so much. Great work.

FOSTER: Thank you very much.

BOLDUAN: And we do want to thank our international viewers for joining us this morning. Again, a reminder, do not miss Max's special, Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope" premiering on CNN September 15th.

CUOMO: All right, we're going to turn back to the news here at home.

The rain and the dangerous flooding just will not let up in the southeast. The region is bracing for more heavy downpours and flash floods in area that, remember, already soaked.

All of that severe weather is also kicking up the surf. A new set of risks. Indra Petersons is tracking it all.


INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, it's been an unbelievable summer, Chris. We're talking about the south having received 20 to 30 inches of rain since just June. This weekend was so exception. About five inches of rain into places that really can't handle any more of this rain.


PETERSONS (voice-over): Heavy rain and high winds battered much of the southeast this weekend, bringing flash floods and record rainfall. Check out what members of one church in Gulfport saw after their Sunday service -- waist deep water covering their car doors.

A foot of rain fell in less than an hour. And business owners along Highway 49 found water rushing into their stores.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The fire trucks are out there. It's got to be pretty bad.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It didn't even get that heavy during Katrina. Katrina didn't (INAUDIBLE) that much water. PETERSONS: These stranded motorists in Biloxi, Mississippi, were caught off guard by the rising waters. The fire department rushed in to help dozens of stalled cars.

A large swath of tropical moisture has drenched much of the region, from the Gulf Coast to the Carolina. In Miami Beach, an elderly couple was killed while swimming on Sunday.

CAPT. ADONIS GARCIA, MIAMI BEACH FIRE RESCUE PIO (ph): They were in cardiac arrest when fire rescue arrived. We worked them all the way to the hospital in Mt. Sinai, where they have been pronounced dead.

PETERSONS: And they weren't alone. Miami Beach Ocean Rescue came to the aid of at least 50 swimmers caught in the rough surf.


PETERSON: There you go.

Let's take a look at the water vapor loop from the weekend. I mean this is just from Friday. You can see all this tropical moisture literally feeding into the south. It's almost like this perfect line that just does not stop. All that fueling storm after storm.

So with that, this is how much rain they're talking about. I mean this is a set up. We have that stationary front. More rain expected in the forecast and one to two inches today. Even five inches expected as we go through the week.

And I was telling you those numbers. This is the above average amount since just June. About 15 inches or so above average. What they saw just this weekend, these are pretty impressive numbers here. We're talking about 10 inches pretty much in Panama City, Alamo about 4.16 inches, Pensacola near seven inches of rain and that's just in the last few days where they really have no room for this water.

There you go. Of course we have those flash flood watches and even warnings currently in effect. And, unfortunately, this story is not ending any time soon because we're going to continue to see this pattern, at least throughout the week.

BOLDUAN: All right, we'll track it. Thanks so much, Indra.


BOLDUAN: Let's keep talking about the weather, though. Firefighters in Idaho are stretched to the limit this morning, battling nine wildfires, only 9 percent containment is reported on the Beaver Creek Fire. It scorched more than 100,000 acres so far, placing more than 5,000 homes at risk. CNN's Dan Simon is live in Haley, Idaho, with the latest.

Good morning, Dan.

DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kate, good morning. Quite an operation here. We're at the base camp. You've got 1,200 firefighters battling this blaze. Obviously they're taking it very seriously. There's the potential that things could get a lot worse. As you said, 100,000 acres charred.

As always, the weather plays such a critical factor here, the wind in particular. They're hoping that they get a break. In terms of the wind today, obviously they want to do their best to protect these fluent areas where many celebrities, for instance, have several homes.

But at this point, Kate, the damage has been pretty minimal at this point. You're basically dealing with some out buildings that have been burned. But crews, again, taking this fire very seriously.

We'll send it back to you and Chris.

BOLDUAN: All right, go a lot of work to do to increase that containment. All right, thanks so much, Dan.

CUOMO: All right, coming up on NEW DAY, this is a tough story to tell but it's an important one. Pre-season football game, this young man, a 16-year-old star player, makes a tackle and it kills him. it's raising some questions and we'll take you through them.

BOLDUAN: Also coming up on NEW DAY, Jodi Arias hits the books and even writes reviews. The convicted killer apparently running a book club in prison. We'll have more.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

New concerns this morning about the safety of high school football after a 16-year-old rising star dies during a practice game this weekend. Now many are calling for change. CNN's Pamela Brown joins us with that tough story, raises these questions.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It sure does. It was a pre-season football game at a high school that went terribly wrong. Sixteen-year- old star player Deantre Turman was killed after he made a routine tackle. And it's the fourth high school football death so far just this month, raising questions about what's being done to protect teens from potentially catastrophic injuries.


BROWN (voice-over): Deantre Turman was a promising high school athlete named the top defensive back at Atlanta's MVP Camp in June. He had already received a scholarship offer to play college football for the University of Kentucky.

GLENN FORD, JR., CEO AND FOUNDER, I-DARE-U: You know, he was a great kid to coach, he was a great kid to be around. He was one of those kids that definitely had the potential to go, you know, to play Division 1 ball. BROWN: His life was cut short after making what appeared to be a routine tackle, like this one, during a pre-season football game on Friday night. One of his coaches, Glenn Ford, watched in horror from the sidelines.

FORD: The ball was dislodged and his body just immediately - immediately went limp.

BROWN: Turman, affectionately called Tre-Tre (ph) by his teammates, died from injuries to his back and neck. He's the fourth teen to lose his life while playing high school football just this month, renewing questions about the safety of the sport, especially for teens. In California, 14-year-old Mitchell Cook died, collapsing on the field after warm-ups during practice. He reportedly had a heart condition not believed to be life-threatening. And in North Carolina and Utah, two teens also died after collapsing following morning practices.

TERRY O'NEIL, FOUNDER, PRACTICE LIKE PROS: The game can be practiced so many ways effectively without full contact during the week.

BROWN: Terry O'Neil, an advocate for safer football practices, says high school players are using techniques that are harder on their bodies than those used by NFL players.

O'NEIL: These players are playing four or five full speed, full contact games a week. And nobody can survive that over the long term. The history is that it's rare that one catastrophic blow would cause death.


BROWN: And Turman's coaches and teammates say the season must go on and that's how Deantre would have wanted it. A 2012 study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury says 67 percent of the most severe injuries come as a direct result of tackling. Since 1977, 283 high school and college players have ended up with permanent spinal damage.

You have to think, age plays a big role in this. You know, these -- they're still developing. Their bodies are still developing. And when you couple that with these harsh techniques during practice, it's not surprising.

PEREIRA: (INAUDIBLE) I was saying that young man looks so grown up.

BROWN: I know.

PEREIRA: You know, that's the thing, they are -- these are - these are young men, really. You know, they're strong and -

BOLDUAN: But are kids getting -- are our kids bigger - our football players in high school, are they bigger these days?

CUOMO: Yes. Yes.

PEREIRA: They are. CUOMO: They are. I mean, you know, I'm 6'2", like 215 pounds. When I was in high school, I was playing defensive back, same position as this young man did, may he rest in peace. I was like 175 pounds. Now they're 215, like I am now.

BROWN: Why is that, though? Why are they -

CUOMO: Lifting weights. Nutrition. Human beings are kind of getting bigger, you know.

BOLDUAN: They're better at training. I mean the (INAUDIBLE) science of training, I guess.


CUOMO: Cultivating these kids for sports earlier.

BROWN: More and more pressure.


CUOMO: You know, but the conflict is for parents, and just for all of us who love the game is, it is inherently violent. We are going to run into each other at full speed, OK? So that is what it is. You'll never mitigate that. And yet it is, well, how do we try to make it so that we're only violent when we have to be within the game? And you heard the man in the piece making a solid point, don't do it so much at practice.

BROWN: Right. Right.

CUOMO: The pros are moving back off contact. But here's the difference, pros know the game so much better than the younger guys and the counterargument is, if you don't do it in practice, you won't do it right in the game and you increase chances of getting hurt. But --

BOLDUAN: It would be even worse.

BROWN: And these are guys who want to - you know, they're trying to get a scholarship to play in college. The pressure is on.

BOLDUAN: Yes, you can't tell them to - you can't tell them to lay off, right? They really want to go.

BROWN: Right. Exactly. Exactly.

PEREIRA: But we also see those injuries in professional sports, do we not, Chris?

CUOMO: Sure. You're going to see them all the time. I mean, you know -

BOLDUAN: It's a violent sport.

CUOMO: It's a violent sport.

BROWN: Yes, they say it's a gladiator sport, you know?

CUOMO: Yes, it's a violent sport, you know, and it's just the nature of it. But these questions come up and it's important to keep talking about it because through talking about it, maybe you'll find improvements.


BROWN: Absolutely. But -

BOLDUAN: All right.

BROWN: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Pamela.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, convicted killer Jodi Arias has some new hobbies, I guess, while awaiting her sentence in prison, launching her own book club. HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell is joining us next with her new book "All About Arias."

Also, Prince William is a doting royal dad. His take on fatherhood and changing little George's diapers. The interview seen first on CNN, coming up.