tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC July 22, 2013 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
♪ >> this is "world news." tonight the royal baby is here, a boy for prince william and kate, two years after their fairytale wedding. and even the buildings proclaim the news. tonight celebrations in london. but there is something new for the first time in hundreds of years, the heir is half commoner. on one side the queen, on the other, an everyday working family in their own business. and also tonight, what about the grandmother he will never meet? we'll tell you what princess diana said she wanted her children to know. >> if you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it and look after it.
>> good evening on this monday night. as the whole world knows, it's a boy who will some day be king of england. behind this door, a new family is about to spend their first night together. as we said, two years and three months ago the world cheered the newlyweds on the balcony and right below that balcony fulfilling a tradition, her royal highness and her child are doing well. prince william sent word, quote, we could not be happier. we know it is a curious thing in 2013 to be spectators of the royal family fairytale. tonight the fairytale is familiar to everyone, everywhere, and abc's amy robach brings us the news from london. amy? >> reporter: good evening, diane. believe it or not, there are hundreds of people lining the streets here, some of them planning to camp out overnight
just to get that very first glimpse of the new royal family hopefully right here on the steps of saint mary's hospital kate and william slipped through a side door into the lindo wing before 6:00 a.m. accompanied by a police escort bypassing the hundreds of anxious photographers camped outside for more than three weeks. ten hours later the heir to the british throne was born weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. a little boy with a royal title, his royal highness, prince of cambridge. bucking tradition, the royal couple released the announcement of their baby boy via e-mail, and then to the pomp and circumstance, the announcement was hand carried from the delivery room and driven through london to buckingham palace. posted at the gates with the news that mother and baby were well. the announcement was placed on the same easel that brought news of william's birth, the last time a royal heir has been so eagerly awaited. the royal family spent much of the day anxiously awaiting across england. prince charles uncharacteristically beaming on
an official visit to yorkshire today. he was greeted by well wishers but was in the dark with little information he could share about the exciting news. >> i'm very grateful indeed for the perfectly kind wishes about my rather slowly approaching grandfatherhood. >> reporter: following the arrival of his first grandchild, charles said he was overjoyed. the queen made her way back to buckingham palace from her weekend at windsor later saying she was delighted with the news. uncle harry waited for the news at his air force base. this moment long awaited since the fairytale wedding two years ago. the new family will live in kensington palace with a specially designed nursery and expansive garden, the palace apartment still under renovation. this royal heir will have a modern upbringing. kate's parents, commoners, are also expected to play an important role. tonight william and kate are spending their first night with their new son in the hospital together.
tonight a new waiting game begins. of course people wondering what the duke and duchess will name their new heir and when will we find out? if you look back at history, it could take a month like prince charles, a week like william or just 24 hours like harry. diane? >> thanks so much, amy, and we go to buckingham palace where lama hasan is standing by. >> reporter: it really felt like we were all taking part in history today. we were watching the crowd swell all day today and as soon as the big iron gate behind me opened, the crowd rushed to catch a glimpse of the easel that was carrying the formal announcement and then there was a loud eruption of cheers, some singing "god save the queen." others were singing happy birthday, all to welcome the royal baby. also welcome in this country, this baby will be a big boost to the economy.
baby cambridge is big business here. there will be an avalanche of royal baby souvenirs. up to 14 million expected to be sold. a lot of official memorabilia was on hold until the royal birth. now the flood gates have opened. let the official royal baby gifts roll. almost $400 million will be spent not only on souvenirs but festivities as well with estimates of 300 million bottles of champagne and sparkling wine will be bought for the celebrations here. we've got the front pages of the newspapers to give you a flavor of how this nation is celebrating. "the daily mail" writes, "oh, boy, one's a grandpa," referring to prince charles. the other one, "the sun" changed its name from s-u-n to s-o-n to mark the royal birth. diane? >> thanks so much for all your reporting to the story. a note tonight about the remaining british empire, and here it is. we thought you might want to see it again.
in addition to the united kingdom, there are 15 commonwealths dotting the globe. tonight in one new zealand, a tower awash in blue and the fountain in london's trafalgar square, the london eye lit up with the colors of the british flag and storks were welcoming the baby boy. also tonight, that boy of course is changing the royal line of succession, leaping in front of uncle harry. now that william has a new baby, how does the line of succession run? after the new baby it's prince harry in line and then prince andrew next. and after him, his two daughters with sarah ferguson. they jumped ahead of uncle edward and of course aunt anne. by the way, eventually, after anne, all the way down in line, there are 30 other royals, all ready for the throne, ending with the queen's first cousin. now i want to bring in
patrick jephson, former chief of staff to princess diana, joins me now. it's great to have you here. all day long we've been looking back at this time capsule. to everyone saying it's strange to be born into a predetermined life in the year 2013, you say? >> well, it's strange if you are used to the lives of celebrities for example. there is this tendency to treat the royal family, particularly on occasions like this, as some kind of branch of the entertainment industry. it's not. this little baby is growing up to a life like no other. this is going to be a life of service, of duty, of sacrifice. >> this is the first half commoner to be the heir of the throne, the first ever? >> pretty much. you have to go back at least 350 years before you get anything kind of comparable. yes, this is what makes this prince different from all recent princes. there will always be another
home to visit. there will be involved grandparents. there will be an extended family of middletons who didn't grow up in this rarefied strong royal world. >> i keep thinking of princess diana who you knew so well. what did you see her do with her own babies that stays with you the most? >> you see these pictures of william and harry and she taught them that their lives were going to be surrounded by people who were strangers. she said rather pointedly to me, most parents say to their children, don't talk to strangers. i have to say to my children every day, you have to talk to strangers and you will for the rest of your lives. >> patrick jephson, thank you so much. great to have you here today. >> my pleasure. from the news of the royal family in england we have breaking news to report tonight at new your's laguardia airport. the landing gear of a passenger jet apparently collapsed as it
touched down on the runway. for the latest news still coming in here's abc's lisa stark with the details. a southwest airlines flight from nashville, tennessee came into new york's laguardia airport shortly before 6:00 p.m. eastern the nose gear of the boeing 737 apparently collapsed. >> the wheel didn't come out and it landed on its nose and starting skidding. >> reporter: as the plane came to a screeching halt the tower scrambles emergency crews. on board according to southwest, 150 passengers and crew evacuated down emergency shoots. as many as five passengers and three flight attendants reported injuries ranging from anxiety attacks to back and neck pain. a huge headache for those traveling to these busy airport, the airport warning passengers to expect major delays.
we move next to the fact that there are still flash flood emergencies in parts of the southwest tonight, warnings still in effect. the images are pouring in including this one from southern utah. a wall of rushing debris. abc's meteorology ginger zee tells us this flood was more than 40 miles away from the storm that caused it. >> reporter: surging through the desert. flash floods made for a dramatic weekend under water in the southwest. at least 14 people had to be rescued in arizona. plucked from raging waters debris filled and up to four feet deep. in tucson, three children were playing in a river bed when a wall of water came right at them. >> if it's not raining where you're at, but it's raining back in the mountains, water is going to be down here in 20 minutes, half an hour. >> reporter: in the desert when rain falls in the mountains it has nothing to absorb it. it keeps rushing downhill. sometimes becoming a wall of water full of debris.
just like this video in utah. that's the front edge of something called a dry wash. >> the front of the flood as it's working its way down starts to get clogged up with debris. >> reporter: six hours after it had rained 40 miles north, the deep, dark mess full of bushes, mud and trees attacks. some parts of the desert southwest will still see isolated heavy rains in the next 48 hours. ginger zee, abc news. we have news tonight about the summer's double whammy gas prices on the rise today jumping to an average of $3.68 for a gallon of regular, up five cents from a week ago. tonight because of the massive heat wave last week, electricity bills are going up as well. abc's chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis tells us when both those price hikes may come down. >> reporter: tonight americans in at least 14 major u.s. cities
pay $4 or more for a gallon of gas from connecticut in the east where it's $4.02 to the west in ventura, california, where it's $4.10, to chicago in the middle of the country where gas tonight is a whopping $4.17 a gallon. >> i've never paid that much for gas in my life. >> reporter: at this station in the heart of chicago, six months pregnant woman is filling up for a staggering $4.48 a gallon. >> i'm going to stop at $50. >> why is that? >> i don't want to pay anymore for it. >> reporter: with a little one on the way, she and her husband are running out of places to cut corners. in just two weeks since the july 4 weekend, prices have surged nearly 30 cents, meaning it would cost more than $100 just to fill up her tank today. just as gas prices are soaring, so are home cooling costs. >> we have to have all the lights off during the day, try to keep as many of the lights
off at night and try to only run one window unit of like the three or four that we have. >> reporter: the intense heat wave across the nation causing many to crank the ac, power companies telling us tonight home cooling accounts for more than 50 percent of your electric bills. be prepared for a jump in july's bill. while your electric bill may return to normal shortly, gas prices are expected to climb another 5 to 15 cents in coming weeks. even then we're not out of the woods. hurricane season is right around the corner, bad weather in the golf frequently leads to price spikes. experts say it could be late september, even early october before you see gas prices ease. >> those are gas prices but electrical bills should come down soon? >> you should be back to normal as the weather moderates. >> thanks so much, rebecca. good to have you here. still ahead on "world news," more on that mystery in texas, the woman who fell from one of the tallest roller coasters in the world. and the royal baby born
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>> i have taken the children to all sorts of areas where i'm not sure anyone of that age in this family has been before. they have a knowledge. >> reporter: she was hands on, a mum first, a royal second. "i get into bed with them at night," andrew morton quotes her in his book, "hug them and say, 'who loves them most in the whole world?' and they always say, 'mummy.'" but this baby's biggest challenge might be dealing with the public pressure, dealing with the prying press who have been waiting for weeks for the most famous babe in the world. it was something diana could never figure out for herself. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. and the new famous baby boy is not the only child we're celebrating tonight. we asked all of you to send us some pictures of the new heirs in your family, welcoming into your arms tonight, and we love your pictures. here are some of them, all of them on abcnews.com.
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department responding to a call which later turned out to be false, police say he hit a motorcyclist and walk add cross the street to that bar n twut, a -- 2002 this firefighter received an award. then four years later honored again for rescuing a worker trapped in a building. now, he may be terminated and prosecuted for trying to dilute alcohol in his blood after his fire truck hit a motorcyclist. our sources say he apparently shed his garments before entering the club. the security camera captured him guzzling down water and he was because there were patrons in the establishment. the truck responded to a call