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Thousands Celebrate As Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Wed; Queen Elizabeth Hosting The First Of Two Receptions; Bishops Speak To Media After Wedding. Aired 12-1p ET
Aired May 19, 2018 - 12:00 ET
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DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Hello to our viewers across the world. Welcome to CNN's special coverage of the royal wedding. We're getting things all together here. I'm Don Lemon.
CLARISSA WARD, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Clarissa Ward here on this ridiculously beautiful, very un-British, but -- I mean, the weather, not the event, the weather.
LEMON: Every time I come to London, it is never like this.
WARD: It's never like this.
LEMON: This is amazing. And what a beautiful day of love and celebration here in Windsor, England, and really around the world. Prince Harry and American actress, Meghan Markle are officially husband and wife. The newlyweds now taking on the titles of duke and duchess of Sussex.
WARD: And CNN's Nick Glass has some of the highlights from the couple's beautiful big day.
NICK GLASS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The gospel soul classic "Stand By Me" from 1961. We assume the song means a lot to the couple and we also assume it's never been sung at a British royal wedding before.
The choir stood at the back of St. George's Chapel Windsor and simply sang for Harry and Meghan. There was a palpable sense of departure here. On one side of the chapel, a certain English royal stiffness perhaps and reserved. In contrast, a warmth and vivid emotion on the other side. Meghan Markle's arrival looks like she may help change things.
We always knew that the turnout would be glamorous. The biracial American actress marrying the most popular of English princes, we weren't disappointed. The church filled. Meghan's on-screen husband from "Suits" Patrick J. Adams, David Beckham, footballer and model, Mr. Elton John and husband, Serena Williams, tennis player. Vintage Rolls Royce swept bride and mother to the chapel and we glimpsed the dress for the first time. Turned out to be French couture, Givenchy with the most delicate and lengthy veils sown with floral symbols from all over the Commonwealth.
A 1930s tiara was borrowed from the queen. It seemed that Meghan had always planned to walk down the first part of the isle by herself, followed by her bride maids and page boys. In the absence of her father, Prince Charles met her halfway. And of course, at this wedding, there was love. This was visibly, inescapably, a romantic union.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote, we must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love.
GLASS: For a good 13 minutes or so, St. George's Chapel reverberated to unfamiliar oratory. American and passionate, the response was mixed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I, Meghan, take you, Harry.
MEGHAN MARKLE: I, Meghan, take you, Harry.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To be my husband.
MARKLE: To be my husband.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To love and to cherish.
MARKLE: To love and to cherish.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Till death us do part.
MARKLE: Till death us do part.
GLASS: And so, Harry and Meghan were married in a great English medieval chapel and kissed without any prompting from the waiting cameramen. Thomas Markle watched it all on television. My baby, he said, looked beautiful and very happy. What seemed like Californian sunshine, his daughter now has a title. She's the duchess of Sussex, although we'll still probably refer to both of them as just Harry and Meghan. Nick glass, for CNN.
WARD: I mean, that moment when Harry lifts her veil and there's a serenity to it. They seemed to calm, so poised. Almost as if they forgot that hundreds of millions of people all around the world watching this very intimate beautiful moment.
LEMON: I had buckling knees for them.
WARD: Absolutely. Really, it was beautiful. The newlyweds invited thousands of people from the public inside the walls of Windsor Castle to watch the ceremony. Many of them from communities, community leaders around the United Kingdom.
CNN's Max Foster joins us now from Windsor, England. Max, what can you tell us about the reception events, the party after the ceremony?
[12:05:02] MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: We've seen the cake so an untraditional cake. Not a fruitcake. It's elderflower. What was it? It's completely slipped my mind.
WARD: Lemon and elderflower.
FOSTER: How could I forget that? This has been on my mind for weeks now.
LEMON: Lemon, it should be easy, come on.
FOSTER: Well, it's been since dawn, I'll just point that out. I have the nice shoes.
LEMON: You have the wardrobe change, Max.
FOSTER: Well, you know, it's a royal wedding. The reception at the moment, it's got this cake. It's quite civilized and Elton John has been playing. After that reception, some 200 younger members of the congregation today will be able to freshen up. They'll be able to get changed.
Then go to a separate part of Windsor park for a big party. So that's what's going to happen a bit later on. I can tell you, Clarissa, Oprah Winfrey, who was the big surprise star in the congregation today and got a real front-row seat in the choir there, has revealed that the outfit she wore, which has won much praise among fashion commentators.
But actually, a last-minute addition because she apparently had a Stella McCartney dress made for her and she tried it out yesterday. It was white, didn't really work. Stella McCartney's team worked overnight to create a new one for her. So, she's paying tribute to that. Everyone's been a bit frazzled over the last 24 hours, but now it's party time.
WARD: I'm sure. When your Oprah, Stella McCartney does that.
LEMON: When you're the princess and you say I need more flowers, you get more flowers. If you're Oprah and you say I need a new dress --
WARD: You get a new dress.
LEMON: What is interesting is, you know, you had the fascinators.
WARD: Of course.
LEMON: That you wear to the royal weddings.
WARD: More hats this year. Fascinators were a bit passed today I think.
LEMON: This was the intersection between black women's hats from the U.S.
LEMON: No two groups of women wear hats better than black women from the U.S. and Brits, right? Don't you think?
LEMON: Fantastic. Oprah had on a traditional church hat. There it is. This is what you would see my mother, other mothers around the U.S. wear on Sunday to church, especially on Easter and on Mother's Day. She wore it with comfort and style.
WARD: And, Max, what were the crowds who -- you know, you've been on the long walk for most of the day, thousands of people. What were the crowds making of all this?
FOSTER: Well, I think they got what they came here for, which was this fairy tale. There was a huge amount of sympathy over the week for what Meghan Markle went through with her father, Thomas Markle, not attending but, you know, palace sources have told me that actually this has been building up for month, the pressure on him.
It wasn't a great surprise ultimately that he pulled out. She was braced for that. That really sort of endeared her to many people here. They just think she looks fabulous. They loved the kids. The kids were really sweet. I can't believe they managed to corral them so successfully. Ten kids behind a bride. Credit to Kate there.
She was in charge of that part of the process. And now there's a new princess effectively in the United Kingdom and she comes from America. She'll be known as a duchess but technically a princess. Fairy tale has come alive.
LEMON: Thank you, Max. I was out with Max earlier and we saw the crowds gathering. Listen, I think, for me, I think too much has been made of her father because everybody family's dysfunctional. Dad's not used to the spotlight. Of course, he's proud of his daughter, but this is a day that should be positive. This is about positivity.
WARD: It's about her and Harry and their love.
LEMON: Absolutely. So, let's continue on in that vein. Right now, the couple is at the first of two receptions today. We're expecting them to leave the queen's lunch soon. We'll take you there live just as soon as we get it. Stay with us.
WARD: For now, we have a lot to discuss here. Frankly, we have a fantastic panel to do it, CNN contributor, Angela Levin, who, of course, has written books about Prince Harry, "U.S. Weekly's" managing editor, Jennifer Peros, and CNN royal historian, Kate Williams, who has been here with us all day.
Angela, let me start with you, what did you make of the ceremony? Were you surprised by the breaks with tradition that we saw? ANGELA LEVIN, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: I was a little surprised. In retrospect, I feel much more warm about it all. I liked the sermon. It emphasized it was a religious ceremony and that was the essence of what they were to do. Meghan has just converted. So, it was very important to her. I think that was right. I felt a little uncomfortable about the choir, but in retrospect, I long to hear them again. I think it was all right. It was me not being used to it.
LEMON: I like that, I want to hear more.
[12:10:06] LEVIN: Because I wasn't used to it. I think I have a nature, you know, I'm used to royal family convention and protocol. Actually, looking back on it, I hear the song in my head and I think it was extremely beautiful.
WARD: How do you think the royals will have felt about it, Kate? I mean, obviously there was some teetering in the audience, in the church at sometimes.
KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL HISTORIAN: That was surprising because it was beautiful. It was a wonderful rendition, beautifully done, this fantastic choir, all heart, all passion. And Harry and Meghan, they clearly loved it. Some royals, we did see some surprised looking faces.
Of course, the queen would have approved the service, no surprises for her, but it seems like some of the royals were a bit more surprised, and perhaps it was -- I hope they -- over time, I want to hear them again, but Harry and Meghan loved it. That's what's important.
LEMON: Having said that, then, do you think more people, even the royals, are feeling the way Angela does, you know what, I kind of like this, this is growing on me, this is great.
WILLIAMS: Yes. You know, the kingdom, the choir, had 487 followers on Twitter this morning. I expect it to be 10,000 tomorrow. They're going to be busy across the country because I think every wedding is now going to want them to sing. They were wonderful.
And this love and talking about "Stand By Me" and the importance of faithfulness. I do think it's time that we updated our royal wedding, some have been very stuffy. If we think we've had this country, we've found this evidence, why is it not reflected? Black culture is British culture. And also, she's American, so it makes sense to have some of that.
WARD: Jennifer, what was your --
LEMON: Hi, how are you?
WARD: Switching sides. What was your feel of the ceremony? Did you feel that it reflected their relationship, their bonds?
JENNIFER PEROS, MANAGING EDITOR, "U.S. WEEKLY": Absolutely. I think Harry and Meghan even from the start when they first met, they kind of did things differently. And I think that's exactly what they did today. I think it was great. I think especially Bishop Michael Curry, somebody actually put it perfectly today. How Pippa Middleton stole the show at Kate's wedding. Michael Curry stole the show today at Harry and Meghan's wedding.
LEMON: Is this the new normal you think?
PEROS: I think so. Again, Meghan has really made some big strides in modernizing the monarchy. I think today they made an even greater one. I mean, the two of them hand picked him from Chicago. Of course, Meghan went to Northwestern, so she had to have been familiar with him in some way, shape or form. Yes, think this is the new normal and I think a lot of people are excited for that.
LEMON: I think it's fascinating. I want to hear more from you, Angela. Fascinating how you said you warmed to it. I think probably people around the country, around the world, I believe this is a transformative moment. We'll talk more about that. We've got a lot to get to. Don't go anywhere, everyone, we'll stick with our loyal coverage. We'll be back in just a moment.
WARD: A royal marriage, sealed with a kiss, and what a kiss it was.
LEMON: Yes. Was that not a beautiful --
LEMON: Every time the picture pops up when we do the open, look it, they're such a beautiful, beautiful couple. The person who stole the show is Reverend Michael Curry. He's going to be doing an interview in just a moment. We want to hear from him, but I think he's walking up to the microphones because that's everyone is talking --
WARD: He brought down the house.
LEMON: He certainly did bring down the house.
WARD: A message of love.
LEMON: Love and encouragement and talking about -- started with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ended with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was completely about inclusion and about the power of love, right?
PEROS: Yes. I think that's what it was titled for. Even just when he started, you know, he addressed everyone as brothers and sisters. Spoke to everyone as equal, as the same person. That's what really struck a chord. I was standing on street and I think some people thought, my gosh, he's going on too long, but at the end of it, I think everybody was really happy and impressed by his words.
LEMON: I think it's what Angela said is that you're not used to it so you're like, what is he going to do? What did you make of it, Angela? LEVIN: He might have been speaking a bit slower than he thought he would when he timed himself. It's not exactly -- or he just decided I have these things that I want to say and I'm going to say them. I love the feeling of what he was saying about the power of love. And it has been that between Harry and Meghan.
It is to do it in a holy place really appeals to me. It was electrifying I thought. Incredible delivery. I have sat through a lot of church of England ceremonies. I hate to say it, but a lot of boring sermons.
He was passion, he was excitement. He set the place on fire. He was incredible. I do think that the queen loved it. I think she loves evangelical preachers. She loved Billy Graham. He'll probably pop in for tea.
LEMON: Let's listen to him.
[12:20:06] LEVIN: Let's listen to him because he's fantastic.
JUSTIN WELBY, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: It was a proper wedding. This was not with a couple of really beautiful people in the middle, it was two young people profoundly in love with each other, committing themselves. It was just -- it was a tear jerker. It was really beautiful, and I'm so thrilled to have been part of it. I just thought everything went right.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You said the bishop was a brilliant pastor and stunning preacher. We saw the example of that today. Will you agree with that?
WELBY: Forgive me for not sparing your blushes, Michael, but I think what we saw in that is preaching is not a -- that the use of language to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ just blew the place open. It was fantastic, and you could see people just caught up in it, and excited by it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bishop Michael, let's talk about that. I think it's probably safe to say we haven't seen a sermon quite like that in the grounds of Windsor Castle, certainly not a royal wedding. Can you tell us a little bit about what was behind it?
THE MOST REVEREND MICHAEL CURRY, EPISCOPAL CHURCH: It really was, to be honest, the good news of Jesus Christ, that it really is good news actually. And the good news not only we are love, but that this love isn't just simply a sentimental thing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
CURRY: This is actually a way of life. It's a way of life that actually makes a difference in people's lives and in the life of the world. It's real. It's wonderful and it's meant for us all.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you manage to speak to the couple afterwards?
CURRY: Just very quickly. Very quickly. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What did they say?
CURRY: They said thank you, were kind of and gracious. During most of the sermon, we were making eye contact throughout. One of the things I've learned, I've been ordained a long time, when you do a wedding, talk to the couple.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
CURRY: And their eyes and their smiles and their reactions were talking back. I mean, it was nonverbal communication throughout the whole thing. You could watch them look at each other. And even when they didn't -- weren't talking, the way they looked at each other just sent a message of these people are in love, for real.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Harry, we saw on the screen mouth wow.
CURRY: I didn't know that.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In terms of the royal wedding, it was unconventional, things were slightly different. What was your reaction to that?
WELBY: Well, obviously, there's nothing -- there is nothing conventional about Christianity. Christianity is about taking sin and me out of the center of the world, putting god and through Jesus Christ and the love of God into the center of the world and blowing open a revolution that gives an energy and life to the world. That nobody has ever replicated or seen. There is nothing conventional about Christianity. And so, it's appropriate that that was unconventional.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bishop, very unconventional, what do you think of the reaction of the queen, Prince Philip, the royal family was?
CURRY: Well, the ones -- I haven't spoken to all of them but those I spoke to were really excited by it. And the people afterwards that we spoke to, the recession, other places, were gripped by it. This was raw God and that's the business.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you have a chance to speak to Harry and Meghan?
WELBY: Very briefly. They were very positive. They were very kind, very gracious. You know, might be -- compared to Michael, very easy, I show up, say the words and totter off. By the grace of God, I didn't do that.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you talk about how the couple very clearly were in love? You could see that certainly watching on television. Just describe Bishop Michael, what you saw when you looked at that couple.
CURRY: Well, really two people who were in love. Two people who were communicating with each other sometimes with words and sometimes without. You could actually see that. If you could visually see a relationship, we saw that.
[12:25:11] It was contagious in the room. I mean, the thing is, you actually could feel it in the church, and people were happy. They were happy and joyful and thankful. And, you know what, we need some joy in this world. We do. Someone said to me -- someone said to me afterwards at the reception, they said that was so stunning.
I want to go and do the vows again. With me and my husband because they were so captivated by that sense of love and in love with the purpose. Not just selfish love. Not sentimental sort of drippy stuff, but with the purpose to change the world.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you think we're talking about the service being quite different to other royal weddings? That this is a new time for the royal family. A new era. We spoke about that before with Kate and William but certainly now with Meghan in the family.
WELBY: I think -- it's hard to know how to answer that. It's a very interesting question. I think every royal wedding has, you know, with the duke and duchess of Cambridge, with Kate, that brought in a new moment. The royal family is both a force for stability, for consistency, for trust.
And a force for hope and future and the change. They managed to hold it all together with genius. And I think, you know, you saw unconventional today. You saw the love and compassion and welcome for Meghan and the prince of Wales bringing her up the aisle. It was really beautiful. It's all there. It speaks volumes to the role of the royal family in our country.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Advice for the couple going forward now?
WELBY: I think we've done all that in the marriage prep.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You've given marriage prep, haven't you?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know you probably don't want to go into those private meetings but any message for the couple as they start their married life?
WELBY: Congratulations. What an amazing launch. What an amazing way to get married. And you can tell from the reaction of the crowds, the wonderful moment when they exchanged the vows. That was unscripted. You heard this roar from outside. And, you know, I was sort of thinking, OK, what do we do with that.
And do I talk over it or just go on? And I would say congratulations. What a fantastic start. People are with you, as they are with new married couples, and God is with you. Pray, trust, keep going forward. You will have a wonderful life.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bishop, your advice to the couple?
CURRY: I would amen everything he said. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is this a team we're going to see --
CURRY: Right, right, we do this.
WELBY: I hope so, I hope so. It's been a huge privilege to work with Michael.
CURRY: An incredible privilege to work with this archbishop.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Archbishop, can I just ask you about thy kingdom come initiative.
WELBY: Yes, indeed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you tell us a bit about what that is?
WELBY: Thy kingdom come is ten days of prayer culminating this weekend. All over the world, 85 countries, millions and millions of people involved all over this country. To pray for people to know the power of the love of Christ in their own lives. Their lives where people are lost, lonely, isolated, ca confused, worried, guilty.
Where they're celebrating and just want the celebration to be -- have magic and beauty and wonder spread all over it. Those lives are enhanced I incredibly transformed and given eternal life in Jesus Christ. That's what we're here to celebrate this evening. The abbey will be absolutely rammed. It's going to be a wonderful evening. Michael will be speaking.
CURRY: They're in for a treat.
WELBY: They are.
WELBY: Thank you.
CURRY: Thank you, brother.
WELBY: Thank you very much indeed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thanks so much, great. Can I get a quick photo?
LEMON: Michael Curry and the archbishop or Cranberry speaking being very candid about what they thought -- and I thought it was interesting, he said that we need some joy. And they certainly provided joy for the world today.
WARD: And he talked as well about the intimacy of that, of that moment, the couple, the eye contact, the communication. It really -- what he was describing, Jennifer, to me, it just sounded so romantic.
PEROS: It did. This is -- I was standing outside, so I haven't seen Harry and Meghan's interaction between each other. So, it's so nice to see them. I mean, it actually truly looked like they are in love. They aren't afraid to show their affection. They were just happy and genuine. And it's really nice to see especially in a time like this. DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: I'm glad you're saying that. Because when it's happening in real time, you're like looking at the dress and people around. When you actually get to stand back and look at their faces, they're in love.
ANGELA LEVIN, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: What's really extraordinary is that they look at each other without sort of -- totally, right the way through, they sort of bond right into each other. But there's also a hint of humor there.
LEVIN: There's a sort of mischiefness that they share. So the combination of actually not being able to take your eyes off your partner, your new husband or wife, plus the sort of little bit of naughtiness. And Harry always said to me that his mother encouraged him to be naughty. She liked him to be mischievous. As long as he didn't get caught. Because she was mischievous too.
And you see that hint, which he's got as well. And I think it's incredibly heart warming.
LEMON: Do you think they're in sort of, I don't know, I don't think it's silly but on the silliness of all this? We're in love but they're just certain like this is pageantry and we have to deal with this? It's fun at the moment.
LEVIN: No, I think they could have chosen a different kind of wedding, you know. He sits inline to the throne. He could have had a much more simple wedding. In fact, some people thought he might to just elope and do something without all the fuss because he hasn't in the past.
But I think she wanted a big wedding. He wanted to show the world that he's got a wife who loves him. And so they've gone through this. It's a really big wedding.
KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL COMMENTATOR: And I think the queen, she loves a wedding.
WILLIAMS: And this is her last big royal wedding. We're not going to see a wedding like this for over 20 years until George or Charlotte gets married. This is a long time. We have to remember that we -- It was really in the '80s and Diana and certainly Andrew and then we had to wait until William and Kate. So actually, this is a long time to wait. This is really quite poignant because it is the queen's and Prince Philip's last big royal wedding.
CLARISSA WARD, CNN ANCHOR: And she is 92.
WILLIAMS: She is 92. Looking incredible. She looks amazing.
WILLIAMS: And Prince Philip is walking faster than me. He's unbelievable. I want whatever he had for breakfast, I want some of it. But really it might -- She has served us for so long with this duty. I mean, she got married in 1947 just after the war of rationing. She had to use rationing for her dress. The ration coupons. They have rationed meal.
And just the changes that she seem, the transformation of Britain. And she is so thrilled. She adores Harry. He really is a favorite. And she's so happy that finally he's found a girl that he loves, and will take the royal family on and they can be this team together.
LEMON: What we take away from this is what the Reverend Curry said, he said love is more than sentimentalism. It is a way of life.
LEVIN: Also he likes people to see the royal family. He thinks without them, they don't exist. She has been abroad on a visit. Where there the reporters, where there three press. And there's nobody there, not much point in me being here then. She wants people to see it. You couldn't have more people watching a wedding around the world. I think they said 2 billion.
LEMON: Well, we thank them because we need some joy in the world. So stick with us everyone. Still to come, we're going to speak to a very special wedding guest. A very special wedding guest who survived the Manchester bombing. We're going to be right back in a moment.
[12:38:03] WARD: Well, the crowd inside the church consisted of everyone from aristocrats to a-list celebrities as well as some very special guests.
LEMON: That's exactly right. And two of those noteworthy guests are with us. Both are people impacted by the Manchester bombing from one year ago. Twelve-year-old Amelia Thompson was in the crowd, in the concert crowd when that bomb exploded. Her guest for the wedding is Sharon Goodman, whose 15-year-old granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the attack last year that took the lives of more than 22 people. Thank you so much for joining us.
AMELIA THOMPSON, MANCHESTER BOMBING SURVIVOR: OK.
LEMON: It's so happy that you guys are here. So let me get your reaction, Amelia. first. What did you think about the wedding? And what did you think when you found out you were going to be invited?
THOMPSON: When I first found out, I was just speechless. I didn't know what to say. Immediately I rang Sharon to see if she wanted to come with me because obviously she's been part of Sharon. And when we actually got there, it was just so amazing, like, seeing those famous people walk past us. It was just amazing.
WARD: And one of them actually stopped and gave you a selfie. I didn't hear inside the chapels. I did not get a selfie with David Beckham.
WARD: Tell us about that moment.
THOMPSON: So we were sat down and they said that if you need the toilet, you need to go now, because they were making sure you stay in your places after past 11. So me, Sharon and my mom just decided to go to the toilet real quick and we started to walk off and then they started to come out coach (ph) just to go in and then we just bumped into them and my mom was shout, can we have a photo?
WARD: I love your mom.
THOMPSON: And then the security guys came up and said, oh, no, you can't do it. And David Beckham was like, just do it. So I ran up to him and took a selfie.
LEMON: And so, what do you think, are you happy? Were you like, mom? Are you like, hey mom?
THOMPSON: Yes, like yehey.
LEMON: You weren't embarrassed at all?
LEMON: Yes. So where's the selfie?
THOMPSON: It's on our camera.
WARD: Your school friends are going to be really jealous.
[12:40:01] LEMON: You should have brought it. Do we have the picture? No? Do we have it? Can we show it?
LEMON: All right.
WARD: All right. While we're working on that, we're going to get it, Sharon, what did it mean to you when Amelia invited you? What did it mean to you to be asked as her guest today?
SHARON GOODMAN, MANCHESTER BOMBING SURVIVOR: I was privileged to young lady. So thoughtful, you know, to ask me to be a guest, absolutely amazing.
WARD: What do you think Olivia would have made of today's --
GOODMAN: Olivia would have loved today. Olivia loved dressing, dress to impress. She loved hair, she loved makeup. She was a ballroom and Latin American dancer. So of course she loved all the glitz and the glamour. Yes, she would have absolutely adored it.
WARD: And it felt like a very beautiful moment, you know, to have people like both of you invited and to have you both there. It felt like a sort of powerful statement I think just recognizing the horrors that you both have gone through. What did it mean to you, Amelia?
THOMPSON: Just to show, like, terrorism can't win --
THOMPSON: -- and that we stand up together and that we will all stand together and that we'll all support each other.
WARD: That's a really beautiful and positive message to take away from that. I'm very impressed with your poise. Are we getting the photo?
LEMON: Yes, we are.
WARD: Breaking news.
LEMON: Yes, breaking new.
WARD: Let's see the selfie.
LEMON: Oh my gosh. There it is. OK, I'm going to put it right here. Are you guys ready? Can you get it right here? Where is camera three? Is this camera three over here? Is that camera three?
We can't see it. You can't see it. Anyway, it's beautiful.
WARD: I can confirm that it is --
LEMON: What do you think?
WARD: It is -- OK, we're going to get them to e-mail it. It's in a door of a shop (ph).
LEMON: So you brought a candle to the -- I understand you bough a candle to the wedding?
THOMPSON: Yes, we did.
GOODMAN: I phoned Manchester Cathedral and then asked if we could take a candle to have it lit at St. George's chapel on the 22nd. It was blessed at Manchester Cathedral. And they spoke to us on Tuesday from St. George's chapel to say yes, it was OK, bring the candle, bring a note with it, so we took it today and it's going to be lit on the anniversary.
WARD: Have you heard from other survivors of the attack? You know, I mean, how do they feel about you being --
GOODMAN: Today, we -- Amelia's got hers on. (INAUDIBLE) that he design those (INAUDIBLE) to Meghan. He probably asked us to wear the pin. We took a rose for Zaki Rose. We have together forever, which is Chloe and Liam (ph). So, yes, there's been some amazing things come out of this, you know, charities, foundations, we ourselves have (INAUDIBLE) trust which is our charity, we do music and dance for the under 25s the great Manchester. Sophie wanted to be a music teacher. Music and dance was her passion.
WARD: Well I'm just so glad that her legacy was honored here in a way today.
GOODMAN: We just want to do a living memorial for Olivia.
WARD: What a beautiful day. And what a beautiful dress.
THOMPSON: Thank you.
WARD: I'm sort of envious. Stunning dress.
LEMON: Sarah, thank you, Amelia, you're never going to forget this, are you?
THOMPSON: No, never.
LEMON: Really appreciate it.
WARD: We are going to have a lot more on the royal wedding. Our special coverage from Windsor continues in just a moment. Do not stop watching.
LEMON: I promise you it's a beautiful selfie. I'm not kidding.
WARD: We'll get there in.
[12:48:04] FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: All right, good day, everyone. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. We'll have more of our live coverage from the royal wedding in a moment. But, first, we want to bring you up to speed on the latest developments coming out of Texas and that school shooting which devastated the Santa Fe community.
Investigators now believe the suspected gunman behind the Santa Fe Texas school shooting acted alone. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant. He is being held without bond in solitary confinement. Police say he unleashed his attack at Santa Fe high school using guns legally owned by his father.
Ten people were killed. Many of them students. Another 10 people were wounded, including two law enforcement officials. Authorities determined that suspected explosive devices found at and near the school were not functional.
CNN Correspondent Erica Hill is in Santa Fe. So, Erica, are investigators learning anything more about the motives behind these attacks?
ERICA HILL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Of course, Fredricka, that is the big question today. What we can tell you is they are not specifically talking about a motive. But we are learning new details about the affidavit and from Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday who talked about writings that were found of the shooters. And also writings that were found not just on paper but writing were found in journals, on computers and even on cell phones that indicated this 17-year-old wanted to take his life, according to the governor, kill others. He admitted when he surrendered according to that affidavit, he actually confessed to investigators when he was confronted by them in that classroom.
And we're also told from that affidavit that he spared people he liked because he wanted them, Fred, to be able to tell his story.
WHITFIELD: And then Erica, we're also getting details on a school resource officer wounded in yesterday's attack. John Barnes is recovering in the intensive care unit at a nearby hospital. The retired Houston police officer was working at the school.
[12:50:09] He and another school officer confronted the shooter, Barnes was shot in the elbow, rushed into surgery following the shooting. Houston's police chief visited him and said that he is, quote, hanging in there. And so, Erica --
HILL: Yes, a lot of focus on him.
WHITFIELD: Yes. Erica, how are people in general, you know, coming together, coping with all of this?
HILL: It is -- It has understandably left this community in shock. We were out this morning. We were at a local doughnut shop. We spent some time in a barber shop talking to people. In addition to the shop, including some from a cafeteria worker who said she had trouble sleeping last night, that these kids, she referred to them, were my kids as they went through the line. They are all processing.
Our Polo Sandoval has actually been speaking with some of those folks and meeting some of the victims. And Polo joins us now with more on that. Polo?
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Erica, here in Galveston about an hour stripe away from where you are, this hospital is where three of those patients continue to recover at this hour including the officer whose story you just shared. And as the case in most of these sorts of incidents, it's in the day -- not only the hours but the days after everything happens that we begin to hear these incredible stories of survival. Here's one of them.
SANDOVAL (voice-over): Rome Shubert's story of survival is nothing short of incredible. When a student shooter opened fire on classmates at Santa Fe high school Friday, a bullet struck the 16-year-old.
ROME SHUBERT, SURVIVOR AT SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING: Came in right there, and exited right there. SANDOVAL (voice-over): Shubert recalls being in art his art class when the gun man walked in and started to fire. Running on adrenaline, he ran as far and as fast as he could before noticing the blood trickling down his neck.
SHUBERT: One of my friends comes up to me, he said, you've been shot, you've been shot in the head. You got shot in the head. So I just took my shirt off and I put it on the wound.
SANDOVAL (voice-over): The round went clean through Shubert's head, barely leaving any damage. He tells CNN doctors think he came close to not walking again or worse.
(on camera): Here you are on your front porch now. How do you even begin to explain that?
SHUBERT: Definitely grace of God. Just had an angel on my shoulder. He's watching over me. Definitely. I don't know. People say everybody's disappointed for everything. And sometimes you got to question it. But in the end, it all seems to play out.
SANDOVAL (voice-over): Another survivor, officer John Barnes who's recovering after a bullet tore through his arm. (INAUDIBLE) had just retired from a 23-year career as an officer and investigator for the Houston Police Department. Here's a Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeting his former officer is hanging in there and the family is very hopeful.
We're also learning about the stories of some of the dead. Cynthia Tisdale was a substitute teacher. Her family says she left for work Friday morning and never returned again. Also killed in the shooting, Sabika Sheikh, a foreign exchange student from Pakistan.
Support for all of the victims of Santa Fe is coming in from across the country. President Trump ordering U.S. flags fly at half-staff for five days in the U.S. and around the world.
SANDOVAL: And in the hours and days ahead, we're likely to hear more of these stories too. Something to add from my conversation with Rome Shubert, he says he counts himself lucky for several reasons. The first, the obvious one, right, he survived a gunshot wound to the head. But the second one, Erica, is that during the chaos yesterday, he did not witness any of the students or the teacher get shot. He believes that that would have left him with some obviously traumatic psychological wounds that he likely would not have been able to recover.
So definitely focusing not only on that but also thoughts and prayers to these students and also that officer that continues to recover at this location, about an hour's drive away from where you are.
HILL: All right, Polo, thank you for that update, appreciate it. Remarkable young man there, even just being able to talk about it in the aftermath that we know that can often times help. We can tell you that we have just confirmed that Governor Abbott is expected to hold another press conference here just about an hour from now. So that will be at 1:00 central time, 2:00 eastern time. Then we are expecting to get some more information when that happens.
As for the school activities, obviously canceled over the weekend. School, we know, will be closed trough at least Tuesday. Keep in mind the last day of school was scheduled to be May 31st with graduation on the 1st. A woman I spoke to today said as far as she's been told she's an employee here, things are silly bit up in the air, which is obviously understandable.
And the question on everybody's minds, of course and when the U.S. first in terms of motive, Fredricka, that's a lot of what people want answered, is the why. They're also trying to wrap their arms around each other and understand how it could happen in their community. Fredricka?
WHITFIELD: Yes, no matter what, it will never be a good enough reason. All right, Erica, thank you so much, and Polo as well. We'll check back with you.
And we'll be right back with much more from overseas and the royal wedding.
[12:59:46] LEMON: Welcome back to our special coverage of the royal wedding. I'm Don Lemon here with Clarissa Ward, and we're in beautiful Windsor. Look at the castle behind us. Fantastic day.
WARD: Look at the castle, look at the river, look at the weather --
WARD: -- look at the flowers.
WARD: I mean, this is just a visual feast. It's been nonstop beauty, beauty, beauty, both in the physical sense and also in the emotional sense with that exceptionally moving, moving ceremony.
LEMON: They could not have picked a better day, both inside and outside of the chapel.