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[15:00:19] ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, I'm Ana Cabrera, in New York. So glad you're with us as we continue CNN's special coverage of the royal wedding.
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BISHO MICHAEL, DIRECTOR, EPISCOPAL CHURCH, CHICAGO: We'll sit down. We got to get you all married.
PRINCE HARRY: I, Harry, take you Meghan.
MEGHAN MARKLE, BRIDE OF PRINCE HARRY: I, Meghan, take you Harry.
PRINCE HARRY: Meghan, I give you this ring.
UNIDENTIFIED PRIEST: I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.
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CABRERA: You are looking at the newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving Windsor Castle a short time ago. A bit of an outfit change for the bride into this stunning gown designed by Stella McCartney. James Bond fibs going on. The car they're getting into is a Jaguar E-type concept Zero, for you car enthusiasts. You keep watching, you'll see Meghan lean over and open the door for her new husband. A loving gesture, I want to point out.
This is the last time we'll see them today. They're celebrating with guests at Frogmore House for a private reception. It's their second and final wedding reception. It caps off what has truly been a picture-perfect day, watched by millions if not billions around the world. More than 100,000 people in person at Windsor alone.
I want to go to England and CNN's Nick Watt.
Nick, let's start with what's happening right now. The duke and duchess at their second wedding reception. What do we know about this party?
NICK WATT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is the end of the day. This is a chance for the couple to really let their hair down with 200 of their closest friends. It's being hosted by Harry's father, Prince Charles, at Frogmore House, which is just a little ways over here, a mile or so from the castle. As we saw, they left in that beautiful E- type Jag.
You know, the day could not really have gone better, even down to the weather. It has been a beautiful day. Many highlights to speak of. Now it is their turn to enjoy themselves without us prying, without the millions of people watching on TV, without the 100,000 people who have crowded the streets of Windsor to see them.
A breath of fresh air is blowing through the House of Windsor. She's an American actress who is now known as the Duchess of Sussex -- Ana?
CABRERA: I think it's interesting, the little statements she's made today, sending a strong message.
Let's talk about what everyone is celebrating, their wedding earlier today. What are the moments that stand out? What are people talking about there, Nick?
WATT: Well, the moments were definitely Meghan walking herself down that nave by herself. She wasn't with a man on her arm. She was doing it on her own. Prince Charles helped her a little bit of the way, but then she gave herself away at the altar. It was also a beautiful moment when Harry lifted up the veil. That was the moment more than the kiss. And the music, a stamp Meghan put on this, the music she chose. Let's hear a little bit of "Stand by Me," which was outstanding.
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WATT: The other thing that brought the chapel down, frankly, was Bishop Michael Curry, from Chicago, the head of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. He gave the address. He opened it and closed it with quotes from Martin Luther King. It was powerful. It was passionate. And here's what he had to say a little bit later in the day. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
[15:05:19] CURRY: It was nonverbal communication throughout the whole thing. And you could watch them look at each other, and even when they weren't talking, the way they looked at each other just sent a message of, these people are in love for real.
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WATT: Now, the House of Windsor, I don't think will ever be the same. This was a royal wedding unlike any, certainly, that I have ever seen. And now with a biracial woman in the royal family, the royal family now actually reflects what Great Britain is in 2018. So an end to a very celebratory, pageant-filled day here in Windsor, England.
CABRERA: You talk about a breath of fresh air blowing through there. I think we all are feeling like this wedding is a breath of fresh air, to be able to cover it as well after covering so much doom and gloom and chaos day in and day out.
Nick Watt, thank you for bringing this fairytale story to us and our viewers.
Also joining us live from Windsor, CNN royal commentator and historian, Kate Williams, and CNN contributor and author of "Elizabeth: The Queen," Sally Bedell Smith.
Ladies, one of the most talked about moments is that sermon Nick mentioned by Reverend Michael Curry, from Chicago, and that gospel choir. What a rendition of "Stand by Me" we just heard. There were reactions as well from the royal family. As we showed the video, some smirks, you see some smiles. At times, even some mouths agape.
Kate, just how different was this ceremony from previous royal weddings?
KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL COMMENTATOR & HISTORIAN: Oh, Ana, it was so different. I mean, this wedding is going to go down in history. It's so symbolic, so significant, so many differences. The gospel choir, Bishop Curry, other things as well. The royal couple holding hands. The casual nature of it. That Meghan, so important, she walked herself up most of the aisle. It was an absolutely very different royal wedding. And really what is signifies, the new face of the royal family. As Nick was saying, the royal family with a biracial family member. And it has to be multicultural, more different. It's really going to change. It's the beginning of a big chapter of change for the royal family.
CABRERA: Sally, what do you think the queen was thinking with all of the breaks of the typical royal wedding norms?
SALLY BEDELL SMITH, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: I think the queen was loving it. You can never tell what the queen is thinking. Sometimes when she looks like she's almost frowning, she's doing it to suppress her emotions. She adores Harry. And she and Prince Philip had a big hand in bringing up Harry and William, particularly when they went to school across the river at Eaton College. Someone said to me, it's very hard to say no to anything Harry wants. I'm sure she is -- she is thrilled that he is absolutely head over heels in love with a woman who certainly looked at him with tremendous devotion and affection today.
She is, as far as the -- as far as the Bishop Curry, Archbishop Curry's remarks, you have to remember that the queen is a very religious woman. She is not unused to hearing an evangelical sermon. And his was very evangelical, very American, even for the Episcopalian church, which some call the frozen chosen. He was not a member of the frozen chosen today.
CABRERA: No, there was nothing icy about their ceremony at all. It was so warm and --
BEDELL SMITH: He said, we've got to -- he said -- he said, we got to get going, you all.
We got to get you married.
WILLIAMS: Get you married.
BEDELL SMITH: He said, let's get this moving. There was a level of informality, it was so refreshing in that centuries' old beautiful, beautiful place. No disrespect, but it was just done with a kind of personal touch that I think I'm sure the Americans in the congregation especially appreciated.
CABRERA: I loved how you ladies touched on a little bit of Harry's character, about sort of hard to say no to, and yet as we're learning more and more about Meghan, she's such a strong woman and such an activist for gender and racial equality. And she definitely brought that to this ceremony.
I want to show you a picture that could become one of the iconic images from this day. Meghan Markle on the chapel steps just seconds before crossing that threshold. You see, she is alone. Unaided, independent.
Now we've learned she's going to make a speech at the reception that's happening this evening there, this private reception, which is apparently a big break from royal tradition, Kate.
[15:10:23] WILLIAMS: Yes. We expect normally to hear the groom, the father of the bride, the best man. And we understand that Meghan was always going to speak even when we believed that her father was going to come, before he had the heart operation. So, Meghan is speaking for herself. She gave herself away. She's speaking for herself. And that is really making a big, significant point. What she's saying is, I'm not going to one of those quiet princess duchesses, I'm going to talk. Before she was married, she talked a lot about "Me Too," "Times Up," racism, sexism. She complained about a sexist advert when she was just 11. A U.N. advocate for women. She has an amazing history of activism. She's not giving it up. And that is very important. Yes, the royal family can't talk about politics, can't talk about exactly what the prime minister says to the leader of the opposition, but they can go into more issues of social societies, deprivation. Meghan is going to. I think we'll see, like Diana, who transformed the role of a princess, that's what Meghan will do as well.
CABRERA: I'm so glad you brought up Diana.
Sally, because --
CABRERA: Go ahead.
I was going to ask you, Sally, a follow-up question
CABRERA: -- about Diana and her presence there today, right? I mean, she certainly seemed to have a presence, despite, obviously, not being able to be there physically.
BEDELL SMITH: She did. She had a presence in a symbolic way in that little -- that little corsage that -- the little bouquet that Meghan carried. There were flowers that she and Harry had picked from the garden, the private garden at Kensington Palace. That was meant to remember Diana. The choice of her older sister, Jane Fellowes, to do the reading was also a nod to Diana. One of the songs that -- one of the hymns that was played at her funeral was also played there. And I think it was just kind of in the air that she was recognized as a presence. And Meghan has, as Kate pointed out, paid tribute to her and her ground-breaking charities and the way she spoke out. And the fact is that Harry, despite the fact he's sixth in line to the throne, will always have a special place in the hearts of Britain, Britons, and people all over the world because he is half Diana.
CABRERA: Do you think, Kate, we can truly comprehend how much Meghan's life is going to change now?
WILLIAMS: Oh, her life -- it's absolutely already changed. But she was this actress, very free, a self-made woman, a career woman. Did exactly what she wanted, tweeted and Instagram what she wanted. Already that's changed. The blog's gone. The Instagram's gone. She can't do selfies and autographs anymore. She's told people walking around she can't.
But what she's really going to see now, today's been a wonderful, romantic, fantastic day. We were all crying here during the coverage of CNN. But now the real hard work starts, and that is customizing yourself to the royal family, which has set ways of doing things. It can be flexible, but it's often very set. Diana found it horrifically oppressive, very difficult. Some of the courses have changed but some are further behind. So, Meghan's new ways of speaking, of hugging, of being open, of talking, and really making her feelings known, that is really going to create quite a shockwave in the palace and the palace offices. I think we'll see some struggles in the future in terms of Meghan's role, in terms of the fact that she is not inferior in royal terms to Kate. She should courtesy to Kate. William and Kate are ahead of Harry and Meghan, but Meghan is the new cover girl. She'll be on the cover of "Vogue" by the next month, I'm sure. It's going to be difficult. Being a princess, being a duchess, is not easy.
CABRERA: No doubt about it.
BEDELL SMITH: I also think Kate joined a very tight team in William and Harry. They were Team Wales. They have operated completely differently from Charles and his siblings. As one of their aides once told me, there were two guys on the raft after the shipwreck of their family and they made it to the other side. That bound them together. They've always been together, very, very tight. You could see that in their relationship today when they walked into the chapel together, down the road. Then they brought in Kate, very seamlessly, and they became a trio. Now they're a quartet. And I think they will -- they will all be together in their foundation. But I think they will probably -- I'm sure they will continue to do many things as a quartet, but I think we'll increasingly see them split off, doing things as pairs. We'll see Kate pursuing what she's interested in, which is children and those kinds of issues. And we'll see Meghan pursuing some of the things she talked about in her royal forum a couple of months ago that she's going to become an advocate for women. So, there will be a mixture of roles. And they're very good at adapting to the changing circumstances.
BEDELL SMITH: The queen is extremely incremental, but I think they're going to move the boundary lines further.
[15:15:55] CABRERA: Meghan Markle definitely seems to be embracing this new chapter in her life moving forward.
Thank you so much, Sally Bedell Smith and Kate Williams, for your insight, your expertise
WILLIAMS: Thank you.
CABRERA: -- in guiding us through today's events.
BEDELL SMITH: Thank you.
CABRERA: Coming up, the royal fashion everyone is talking about, from the gorgeous gowns to the fantastic fascinators. We'll break down the big style moments, next, live in the CNN NEWSROOM.
[15:20:24] CABRERA: Welcome back. Now that Harry and Meghan are officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, let's talk fashion. The moment, the big reveal we waited for, when Meghan stepped out of the car at St. George's Chapel. Her dress, very modest. Ivory, silk, a Givenchy gown, with that off-the-shoulder neckline, a subtle look, no double. Maybe a little underwhelming for some, but it's actually a very bold statement considering her dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artist director at Givenchy.
Let's talk about the bride's look and more with fashion journalist, Joe Zee.
Joe, thank you for being here.
First of all, your thoughts on the dress?
JOE ZEE, FASHION JOURNALIST: Oh, my gosh, what a beautiful day. I love the dress. And I'm surprised that people are saying it's underwhelming because for me it's the quintessential personal style and expression of who Meghan is. It's simple, classic, but it's so sophisticated and elegant. There's so much construction to that dress that you can't really see. It's heavy, double-faced bonded satin, the small waist. That off-the-shoulder boat neck we're talking about, again, a very small detail but one you'll see influence a lot of dresses and fashion in the months and years to come.
It's interesting to me because there's aid message in that as well. In St. George's Chapel, you're supposed to have your shoulders covered and she sort of took it to the very edge of the limit of just having her shoulders covered enough. Part of the regulations is to have long sleeves and she did three-quarter sleeves. I think those small subtleties are showing the real complexities of what the Duchess of Sussex is about, which is about tradition served with modernity.
CABRERA: I have such shoulder envy seeing her in that dress. I'm such a narrow-shouldered person. She has beautiful, broad shoulders and wears it beautifully.
ZEE: Oh, beautiful.
CABRERA: Such a timeless dress, too --
CABRERA: -- where it's not going to be something someone looks back and say it's super dated.
ZEE: Oh, my gosh, of course not. She's mentioned in many interviews she's always looked up to Carolyn Bessette's wedding dress, which was simple and minimal. For Meghan, it's about looking back at these pictures from today in 10, 20, 30 years and not having it feel dated. And I think this is a dress that will stand the test of time.
And, again, I think we talked about the designer for the dress, Clare Waight Keller, which is the first female artistic director for the house of Givenchy. A British designer at a French design house. I think that, again, is very interesting.
We just saw actually the second dress Meghan is wearing to the evening reception, and it's Stella McCartney. She's wearing two big, independent female designers today. There were a lot of designers for her to choose from, but she chose to wear two female designers. I think that speaks to a lot of the feminist that the Duchess of Sussex is.
CABRERA: I thought the second dress definitely had that sex appeal, too, that a lot of people thought was missing in that first one, but she was inside a church and wanted to really embrace some tradition and the expectations of the royal family, I imagine. But she sent a different message with that second dress, yet still timeless, simple and elegant.
What do you think about Harry's look? What do we know about it?
ZEE: Oh, my gosh, I think Harry looked fantastic, too. I mean, I think they are the quintessential couple. Did you see them just speed away in that electric Jaguar convertible? I literally said to someone, they look like the modern-day "Great Gatsby" couple. They're so carefree. They're so cool, so hip. They're London society. To me, I feel like that is such a wonderful image of what the monarchy is. It feels fresh. It feels youthful. It feels alive. And I think she is such a representation of that. For me, I had lunch with someone in London who said, Meghan Markle is proof that the future of the monarchy will actually survive.
CABRERA: There's no question, Joe, this was also a star-studded wedding. Oprah was there, Amal and George Clooney, they were there looking fabulous. Who wins best dressed in your book?
ZEE: You actually mentioned everybody, other than George, they were all wearing Stella McCartney, Amal, Oprah. I think Amal stole the show. She was like a ray of sunshine. She looked so radiant in that yellow with the hat. She stood out. She was beaming. To have George on your arm, well, that can't hurt either. But just looked so beautiful. And, you know, the fact it was Stella McCartney. And I heard before coming here that Doria Ragland's dress for tonight's evening reception is also by Stella McCartney.
[15:25:08] CABRERA: Wow, Stella McCartney. Everybody is going to be looking her up. I imagine she's going to get a bit of a boost of business after today's wedding.
Joe Zee, wish we had more time to talk fashion. So much fun. Thank you for joining me.
And just a quick programming note. Tune in tonight for a look back at Harry and Meghan's road to the aisle. A CNN special report, "A ROYAL MATCH," air sat 7:00 p.m. Eastern. That's followed by an encore presentation of the royal wedding, if you missed it, because it was so early. If you want to relive all the big moments, that's tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern right here on CNN.
We'll be right back.
[15:30:11] ERICA HILL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Erica Hill, live in Santa Fe, Texas, where investigators at this point are still trying to piece together what happened. They do believe the 17-year-old gunman, who
killed 10 people at the high school behind me on Friday, acted alone. Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held without bail. He is charged with capital murder following a video court appearance last night.
According to court documents, what we do know is the 17-year-old told police he spared students he liked, so he could, quote, "have his story told."
The rampage at Santa Fe High School began not long after classes began for the day on Friday morning. The suspect allegedly used two guns, a shotgun and a revolver, both of which have been taken from his father. Nine students and a teacher were killed, 13 others wounded.
Authorities also found what appeared to be explosives, including pipe bombs and pressure cookers in and around the school area.
The question, of course, that always seems to follow these shootings, were there any warning signs that were, perhaps, missed? The shooter, we do know, was an honor student. He played both freshman and J.V. football. He has no criminal record, no run-ins with police. Talked about wanting to join the Marines after graduation in a Facebook post.
In recent weeks, the shooter may have left some clues about his state of mind. Authorities say information, writings in his journals, on his computer and cell phone, suggest he not only wanted to commit a shooting but wanted to take his own life after the shooting. On his Facebook page he posted a photo of a black T-shirt with three words, "Born to kill." Another posting showing a jacket with symbols pinned onto it, the Communist Party's hammer and sickle, Nazi Germany's iron cross. The shooter wore his signature trench coat and military boots on Friday when he allegedly opened fire.
Again, I want to emphasize here, there was no criminal record we know of. Authorities are not releasing any information on potential motive at this point.
Let's take a closer look with James Gagliano, former FBI supervisory special, a CNN senior law enforcement analyst.
As we look through all of this and we're trying to paint this picture, we don't know much from the family. We know the family has obtained counsel through a friend of a friend and telling CNN they're not ready to say anything yet. They're trying to process this as well. But everyone is trying to Monday-morning quarterback and look at some of the signs. What's changed in what we look for now in the wake of all of these shootings, the 22nd one this year?
JAMES GAGLIANO, CNN SENIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ANAYST: Right. Obviously, we're trying to glean or discern what the motivations are. That's to help us attempt to prevent the next one, to try to see, was there something we missed? Sometimes there are just evil people. We can't blame anything else other than there's people out there that want to harm people. Now, did we miss something? You know, it's that delicate balance we always talk about between civil liberties and privacy versus making this a police state. I can make you safe if you want a police state, but we don't want that. We have to find that sweet spot. There seemed to be some clues there was some type of mental health issues. If you look at his Facebook page, we call digital platforms, that investigators are culling and harvesting now. I go back to the term I use as enigma. He has symbols of Communism and Fascism on the same page. He seems confused. Are there signs that were missed? It's hard to say at this juncture. I think that's police are doing right now, combing through the crime scene.
HILL: Yes. The FBI said it will remain a crime scene for quite some time. The schools are closed at least through Tuesday, we know. We'll see if that changes as we moved forward.
Also happening behind us, they're slowly letting people in to collect their belongings. Definitely, fewer cars than we saw when we both got here this morning. They're only taking them in in groups of 10. They've been there, escorted in by different officers. They have to be careful where they're going in the school because it's an active crime scene.
GAGLIANO: Sure. And police officers are not trained as grief counselors. That's a very difficult specialty they're not trained for. So, they're taking these small groups of children in. They obviously want to steer them away from the places where there might be, you know, places where victims might have fallen and be sensitive about that. We talked about it last night, until late last night, this was still an active scene where they were not convinced they had basically rendered safe any of the devices left around. because the shooter, this criminal, actually used some inert or some decoy devices.
HILL: And you bring up an important point on the devices because there was understandably so much concern after those were found. And then we were told they never would have worked in the first place. They were missing really the components that would have allowed to explode, to do harm. When you're looking at something like this, just in your experience, what does that tell you about a person who would put out these sort of decoy devices, to use your term?
[15:34:50] GAGLIANO: There definitely appears to be some copycat similarities here. Looks like he took pieces from recent shootings, even going as far back as Columbine, which was 19 years ago, hard to believe, last month. Four components to a bomb. You need a power supply, like a battery, which he didn't. You had to have explosive, PTEN or C-4, which are much more difficult to get. Have to have an initiator, which could be a blasting cap, which he did not have. Fragmentation, which appears he tried to do that. Lastly, a switch, which I think he used a clumsy alarm clock, which -- alarm clock or walkie-talkie or cell phone can be the switch for that. He had some components, not all. Looked like he went online and tried to do something quickly.
HILL: It's interesting because it changes. Obviously, the conversation continues to change as we cover a story like this because it depends on the information we're getting, the information officials want out there. Understandably, certain things are kept close to the vest.
Yesterday, when we were first learning about what appeared to be explosive devices, that was a real change in the conversation in that it was pushing it more towards the narrative of, this is not clearly something somebody woke up and just decided to do one morning. I take my weapon. I go into the school. I fire. If you are putting out explosive devices, that shows more planning, that shows more forethought.
If these devices, though, were never going to explode, if they were simply decoys, does that still point to some sort of advanced planning, you think?
GAGLIANO: Two things. Explosive devices are so heinous, right, because there's the ability to do three things. One, soft tissue damage from the overpressure that happens. Then there could be fragmentation. Whether it's nails or the actual thing that encases it itself, like in a grenade. Third, the thermal effect that causes fire. Sometimes you'll have a victim that's not dead but, unfortunately, either, you know, inhales noxious fumes or suffocates or things like that. In this instance, though, it looked like it was something he was sending them out to slow law enforcement down. Law enforcement is trained after Columbine, and what we learned three months ago in Parkland, you have to go to the sound of the guns. There's no contain and negotiate. Stalk the shooter. Were these devices put down to stop the first responders? Don't know yet, but it seems to appear that's what they were.
HILL: A lot to learn. The FBI is leading the investigation now.
James, thank you.
Asking for any picture or video that anyone from inside the school may have, asking they share them with the FBI for that investigation.
We are a little over 24 hours now since this tragedy happened. Ten people killed, another 13 wounded. And now we are learning more about the victims, who they are. We're also learning about the survivors.
I want to go straight to our CNN correspondent, Polo Sandoval, who spoke with one of the survivors who has a remarkable story -- Polo?
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Erica, let tell you about Rome Schubert. He's a sophomore at Santa Fe High School. He told me yesterday that he was in the art classroom when the gunman walked in and began shooting. He told me he sought coverage under his desk when he waited for just the right moment to get up, start moving. He told me he started moving as fast and as far as he could. Even hopped a fence. It wasn't until later, he realized he was shot in the head. Hours after this all happened, he and I are sitting on his front porch talking about it. Call it what want, Schubert and even his doctors call it a miracle.
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ROME SCHUBERT, SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVOR: Came in right there. And exited right there. One of my friends comes up to me and says, you've been shot. You were shot in the head. You got shot in the head. I just took my shirt off and I put it on the wound.
SANDOVAL: Here you are on your front porch now. How do you even begin to explain that?
SCHUBERT: Definitely grace of God. Just an angel on my shoulder and he's watching over me. I know we're going to get past this. We're going to overcome this and come back stronger than ever. And I just don't -- I don't want everybody to focus on the super bad. Just -- I want everybody to lift up their spirits. It happened, but we can't just sit here and mourn over it because that's exactly what he wants. He wants us to mourn over it.
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SANDOVAL: Another reason why Schubert considers himself lucky, he did not see any classmates get actually shot. He says, Erica, that likely would have made for the psychological wounds that certainly would not have healed as fast as the actual physical injury is healing today.
HILL: Definitely a lot of those wounds as well.
Polo, we appreciate it. What an incredible story, the ones a lot of people are holding onto now.
Ana, we'll have much more coming to you from here in Santa Fe throughout the day. We'll hand it back over to you now.
[15:39:31] ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Erica. Thank you.
Such a brave, young man, all those students who face such a terrifying experience.
Coming up here in the NEWSROOM, first lady, Melania Trump, is back at the White House after a five-day hospital stay that was shrouded in mystery. We'll explain, next.
CABRERA: After a five-day stay in the hospital, first lady, Melania Trump, is back at the White House recuperating. She had been at Walter Reed since undergoing a procedure Monday for what the White House described as a benign kidney condition. But the length of her stay raised questions, as the condition and procedure described is generally an outpatient procedure.
I want to bring in CNN's Ryan Nobles at the White House.
Ryan, what is the first lady's team saying today?
[15:44:48] RYAN NOBLES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Ana, they're not shedding any more light on those questions that many medical professionals have about the length of the first lady's stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. This kidney embolization, as you mentioned, many medical professionals say should require a short hospital stay, maybe even an outpatient procedure.
But the first lady's team is stressing the fact this was the right treatment for her and this particular condition. They don't want to get into the specifics, citing her privacy concerns. This is what her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said earlier today.
She said, quote, "Every patient is different. The medical professionals who have been giving opinions to the media based on one statement are uninformed. Mrs. Trump has a medical team that is comfortable with her care, which is all that matters. Her recovery and privacy are paramount, and I will have no further comment beyond this."
So, the first lady's team being very specific in their statement here that they're not going to talk about this anymore, despite the speculation surrounding it.
But at this point, it seems as though the Trump family, in particular, are just happy to have the first lady home. In fact, the president himself, who made several trips over to Walter Reed to visit with her while she was being treated, tweeted about her earlier today. He said, "Great to have our incredible first lady back home in the White House. Melania's feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all your prayers and best wishes."
You'll note that tweet we're showing you here, Ana, has the correct spelling of Melania's name. I say that because a tweet that went out before that and was out for about five or 10 minutes actually misspelled Melania's name. The president eventually pulling it back and putting it up correctly. I should say, and many of us talked about the fact that autocorrect often changes the name in the iPhone --
NOBLES: -- to the spelling that went up there. But, you know, probably not a good idea to misspell your wife's name, especially on a platform that big.
CABRERA: Right, that's a big oops. He corrected it.
We hope that she is doing much better. Sounds like she is.
Thank you, Ryan. We appreciate that report.
NOBLES: Thank you.
CABRERA: Coming up, stunning new video of that volcanic eruption that continues in Hawaii. Homes still threatened by fast-moving lava. Residents racing to get out. We'll take you to the big island for an update.
[15:51:39] CABRERA: More than two weeks now after that first eruption, Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano continues to threaten the big island. Take a look at this incredible video. Fast-moving lava flowing through neighborhoods and destroying homes. National Guard helicopters had to airlift some people to safety. Huge eruptions from fissures below are spreading molten rock and lava in all directions. A lot of toxic gases are still spewing from new fissures, or cracks in the ground. Hawaiian officials are urging people to be ready to evacuate.
Our Stephanie Elam joins us now live from Hawaii.
Stephanie, what are the main concerns at this point?
STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Ana, when you are here, and to give you an idea of where we are, the estates is behind me in this direction. It is raining and overcast. But some of the clouds behind me are not clouds, they are volcanic gases that continue to emit from the fissures inside the earth.
When you get inside the estates, as we have, it is a very different picture. It's almost hard to imagine how the roads that were nice, even, smooth-paved roads, where I'm standing right now, are cracked and broken apart in sections that almost looks like a school bus could fall into in some places. Some of these could turn into fissures and others are cracks in the roads, perhaps from the seismic activity. But when you're standing there and listening to the volcanic gases explode from the earth, one resident said it sounded like being in a war zone. Another man describing it as grenades going off constantly in your backyard. And when you're in there, as well, there's also a sense -- especially yesterday. In the morning, we were in there and you could hear those explosions, but they were not as constant and not as often. In the afternoon, much larger, much louder. And then we saw the lava starting to splatter, again. That's what you saw what you were talking about, how some of those residents had to get airlifted out because things got so serious. Many of the roads in there are impassable because of these cracks.
Then you add into the fact that that you have ash eruptions. One was 30,000 feet into the air from the crater. That was a couple days ago. At midnight. local time. one that went up about 10,000 feet into the air. All of this, with the gases, the lava and the air quality, all of this is what is weighing on residents here and that's why they're asking everyone to be prepared to evacuate as this lava continues to flow southern towards the water.
[15:54:09] CABRERA: Not knowing, when is it going to stop.
Stephanie Elam, stay safe. Thank you for that update.
Coming up, the fairy tale scene on the other side of the pond as American actress and a British prince say, "I do." All the big moments from Harry and Meghan's wedding still ahead.
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PAUL STEKLENSKI, CNN HERO: You look just like my Tessa. You look like my baby girl.
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You ready to go?
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