tv Yasmin Vossoughian Reports MSNBC April 10, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT
good afternoon, everybody, i'm yasmin vossoughian. we got a lot of ground to cover, and a team of correspondents to help us do it. it happened just a short time ago, prince charles, the first royal to speak publicly about the death of his father, as we learn new details about the funeral plans for prince philip, including whether harry and meghan will actually be there. also, defiance from congressman matt gaetz in the face of a new house ethics probe and criminal investigations into his conduct. and republicans flocking tonight to a party featuring donald trump as the manhattan d.a. gathers new evidence in his probe of the former president. plus, we're following the fallout from medical testimony in the trial of the police officer in the death of george floyd. all of that and more but we do want to begin with the breaking news from the uk where just a short time ago, prince
charles made an emotional statement on the loss of his father, prince philip. this is the first time that we have heard from the heir to the throne about the late duke of edinburgh's passing. take a listen. >> my dear papa was a very special person who i think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him. and from that point of view, we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. >> all right, i want to bring in nbc's raf sanchez, standing by for us at windsor castle. just take us through what else it is we heard from the prince earlier today. >> reporter: yeah, yasmin, like father, like son. prince charles, like prince philip, normally a pretty restrained man in public, not given to public displays of emotion, known for a stiff british upper lip, but he thanked the public for what's been a real outpouring.
we have seen here in the uk both in windsor and at buckingham palace, people showing up despite covid restrictions to lay letters of condolences and flowers at the castle gates. take a listen to what he had to say. >> i particularly wanted to say that my father, i suppose, the last 70 years has given the most remarkable, devoted service to the queen, to my family, and to the country and also to the whole of the commonwealth. and as you can imagine, my family and i miss my father enormously. he was a much-loved and appreciated figure, and apart from anything else, i can imagine -- and we're so deeply
touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and in the commonwealth who also, i think, share our loss and our sorrow. >> reporter: now, we also learned that prince harry will be attending his grandfather's funeral here at windsor castle a week today. so, we are going to see prince harry standing alongside his brother, prince william, father, and the queen for the first time since that explosive interview that he and his wife gave to oprah winfrey. meghan will not be attending the funeral. she is pregnant with the couple's second child. palace officials say doctors advised her not to travel. we also got a sense of quite how scaled down this funeral is going to be compared to what it would have been before the covid pandemic. the public will not be able to attend in any form.
the entire funeral will happen behind closed doors and behind castle walls. there will be only 30 guests at st. george's chapel here at windsor castle to pay final farewells to prince philip. the guest list is so small, it's expected to be only the close members of the royal family, not even prime minister boris johnson will be attending. that's because of the strict covid restrictions that are still in place here in the uk. finally, we learned that prince philip will be carried to the chapel in a specially designed land rover that he himself, yasmin, had a hand in designing before his death. >> all right, nbc's raf sanchez, thanks for that. appreciate it. we want to come now back to the united states where the investigation into representative matt gaetz and possible six trafficking crimes is growing. just hours after the house ethics committee announced it's opening its own investigation,
the florida republican gave a fiery speech, again denying any wrong doing, unsurprisingly. although gaetz has not been charged with any crime, accusations against him range from having sex with a minor to paying for sex with escorts. we've got amanda golden and katie phang is here with us as well to talk through some of this. amanda, thanks for joining us on this. i want to go to you on this first and talk about the latest fallout from all this, hearing about yet another staffer leaving gaetz's office. >> reporter: that's exactly right, yasmin, we've now learned of a second staffer in gaetz's office that has left in light of these ongoing investigations within the last couple weeks. we had previously reported that his communications director, an individual named luke ball, has resigned and quit out of protest, according to someone from familiar with the matter and now we're also learning that his legislative director, an individual named devin murphy also quit and this comes as you noted with the house ethics
committee announcing they are opening an investigation into congressman matt gaetz and really honing in on a few of those key allegations in some of the reporting that you mentioned, yasmin look,ing into some of the sexual misconduct allegations as well as illicit drug use and we have a statement from the house ethics committee that really speaks to the scope of all that they're looking at. they said, quote, the committee is aware of public allegations that representative matt gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct, shared inappropriate videos on the house floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use and/or accepted a bribe, improper or impermissible gift in violation of house rules, laws, and other standards and this now for the committee, they'll continue to gather evidence, look into these allegations but they were careful to note later on in that statement, just because they're looking into this, does not necessarily equate that a violation occurred. they are continuing to gather all of that relevant information. but keep in mind, as you noted, gaetz continues to double down. we heard from him just yesterday in florida, speaking to the
outlandish allegations that he views are against him. take a listen. >> when you see the leaks and the lies and the falsehoods and the smears, when you see the anonymous sources and insiders forecasting my demise, know this. they aren't really coming for me. they're coming for you. >> reporter: and yasmin, in further doubling down, gaetz has now retained a crisis communications firm to work with his office to combat some of these allegations and also brought in criminal defense attorneys that have at least one has a history with former president trump, is continuing to represent him in an ongoing probe around the trump organization so expect a lot more around this to continue to play out. >> certainly taking a page out of the trump book to say the least. katie phang, let's talk a little bit about joel greenberg and his attorney, fritz sheller. we learned federal prosecutors
disclosed that joel greenberg had agreed to negotiate a plea deal. his attorney was asked outside of the courthouse after hearing about this as to whether or not matt gaetz has anything to worry about. greenberg, in fact, is a friend of gaetz's and here's what he had to say. >> does matt gaetz have anything to worry about? >> does matt gaetz -- that is such a great -- i'm sure matt gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today. >> this is somewhat of an ominous response, to say the least, when it comes to matt gaetz and the plea deal that we are hearing about from greenberg. what do you make of it? >> well, yasmin, joel greenberg is more than just a friend and an acquaintance. he is the self-professed wingman to matt gaetz. they go way back, and in typical florida man fashion, there's a
whole lot of intertwined entanglement of even some local florida politicians but when it comes to joel greenberg, he has to save his own skin, yasmin. he is looking at dozens of years of federal prison, and so what the federal prosecutors are going to do in the middle district of florida, which is currently investigating and prosecuting joel greenberg, and they're going to want to know, what do you think? more importantly, mr. greenberg, what do you know about people that are higher up in the food chain? people like matt gaetz. people like maybe even roger stone who is on our screen right now, but joel greenberg has had an involvement with matt gaetz that has been corroborated through flights records, through things like venmo transactions. i mean, these are objective things and evidence that prosecutors can look at for purposes of being able to bring a case. and you know what's kind of outrageous, too, is the fact that matt gaetz remains on the house judiciary committee while all of this is going on, but
unfortunately for somebody like matt gaetz, in the event he is indicted, his jury will not be women for america first who he spoke to yesterday in florida. >> just want to be clear here, nbc has not yet confirmed those venmo payments that katie just spoke of. so i want to be sure there's no miscommunication on that. let's talk about the legal strategy, it seems, that gaetz has taken. michael cohen of all people criticizing on my colleague's show last night the legal strategy that gaetz has taken. let's take a listen to that. >> well, he's learning nothing, but gaetz's behavior was so brazen and so stupid that it actually boggles the mind because the only reasonable explanation for his behavior is that he felt that he would be protected by donald trump and his corrupt justice department. so, he must have been petrified when trump lost the election. >> so, it's essentially, katie,
gaetz having no protection except donald trump and now that donald trump is out of the white house, he's left to fend for himself. >> yes, but everything is very trumpy here, right? so, his new criminal defense lawyer, along with isabel, he actually represents the trump organization in the pending cy vance investigation and so there is all things with a common denominator of trump here. the crisis communications pr firm, those are all trump supporters and so i would not be surprised to learn that there is some behind the scenes involvement by donald trump in terms of maybe shepherding matt gaetz to somebody like mark, but it is attorney general bill barr, let's not forget, who in 2020 had to sign off on this investigation, and so a.g. barr knew about this as recently as last year. >> all right, nbc's amanda golden, katie phang, thank you both, guys. really appreciate it. and in just a matter of hours, former president trump is
set to give a keynote address at a closed door gop retreat in palm beach, florida. the gathering of donors and potential 2024 contenders in the former president's backyard is expected to raise millions as they discuss the future of the republican party. nbc's ali vitali is in west palm beach, florida, for us and following this story. talk us through exactly what you know about this event, who's going to be there, and what likely we could hear from the former president. >> reporter: well, yasmin, this event is really all about what the gop stands for right now, and there's a quote that a senior trump advisor gave to "the washington post" that i actually think is really spot on, saying that all republican roads lead through mar-a-lago right now. and as much as that senior trump advisor has an incentive as a staffer to the former president to say that, it's also true. just because as much as there's hand-wringing among operatives that i talked to, lawmakers, other sources in the conservative movement, at the end of the day, the public
events, the marquee moments for this party in the aftermath of donald trump's presidency, have been centered around him, things like cpac, which were very public, of course, and even events like this rnc spring donor retreat which are happening behind closed doors. he is still the focal point and he still wields a lot of power over the future of this party. even the people who were concerned about that are aware of the power that he brings so what this event is going to focus on is behind closed doors both hashing out the role that donald trump might want to play and he's going to, in some ways, continue to tease what that role is going to be. consider that this week, we saw him roll out several new endorsements of people that you would expect for him to endorse, senator marco rubio, senator rand paul. the question is, this event is supposed to lay the ground worg for, in the immediate term, the 2022 midterms and in the longer term, the 2024 presidential election. i know i just heard groans about 2024 but this is around the time
those seeds start being laid for people who are thinking about running for president. so, the question now is, as you start seeing not just 2024 hopefuls but also the donors who might potentially fuel those runs come here, the question is what role does donald trump want to play in the midterms and is he going to run again in 2024? people like senator rick scott and leader kevin mccarthy, their goal is to flip the house, flip the senate, when there are thin margins at play like there are right now, every race and every seat counts. so far, trump's endorsements have sort of been in line with incumbents, at least on the senate side, but on the house side, you've seen him roll out endorsements that are against incumbents who are running again. we know the trump vendettas could overtake that and that might not be a winning strategy for republicans. >> i wonder, honestly, ali, if donald trump even knows the answer to some of those questions that you posed as to whether or not he's going to be running in 2024 or what his role is inside the republican party.
>> yeah. >> we may never get the answer to that. ali vitali in west palm beach, florida. thanks. great to see you. breaking news from the january 6th deadly insurrection attempt on the u.s. capitol. there are new details on actions then vice president pence and other leaders took when capitol hill was being stormed by rioters. it's pretty shocking. this reporting is coming from the a.p., citing a previously undisclosed document prepared by the pentagon for internal use that was obtained by the a.p. and vetted by current and former government officials. nbc news has not yet seen this. in this document, mr. pence made an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary issuing the short and startling demand, quote, clear the capitol. that is what the former vice president said. a spokesman for mike pence declined further comment on the matter. senator majority leader chuck schumer and house speaker nancy pelosi, they were making a similar appeal to military leaders, asking the army to
deploy the national guard. at the pentagon, officials were trying to figure out if other state capitols were facing similar violence, per media reports. these details showing the inaction by then president donald trump and how that contributed to a slowed response by the military. and law enforcement. so, emotions were running high this weekend in minneapolis over the murder trial of former police officer derek chauvin. overnight, hundreds of people took to the streets in support of george floyd. demonstrators calling for an end to police violence. this is coming as chauvin's trial enters week three on monday. i want to bring in nbc's meagan fitzgerald, who's following this for us in minneapolis. meagan, good to see you this afternoon. thanks for joining us. >> reporter: i guess give us a view of the big takeaways from this past week. >> with the focus being, of course, on the autopsy report. >> reporter: oh, absolutely. it was a powerful week for the
prosecution, yasmin. it started with jurors hearing testimony from the minneapolis police chief, who testified that derek chauvin's actions were a violation of his department's policy and as you mentioned, towards the end of the week, jurors heard medical expert after medical expert testify, including the hennepin county medical examer who conducted the autopsy on george floyd. all of these experts testifying that it was the actions of law enforcement that caused george floyd's death. i want you to listen to some of this testimony. >> my opinion as to what happened to mr. floyd and that is he experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest in the context of law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression. it was the interaction that tipped him over the edge given his underlying heart disease and tox cological status. >> reporter: certainly damning testimony for the defense, who
is trying to convince the jury that george floyd died from his preexisting conditions and a drug overdose, not the knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. now, yasmin, we do know that the prosecution is getting ready to rest its case by early next week. so far, they've called 35 witnesses to try and prove their case. yasmin? >> all right, nbc's meagan fitzgerald for us in minneapolis. thank you, meagan. by the way, coming up at 4:00 p.m., we're going to talk to law professor and forensic pathologist to break down the medical testimony we've heard about how george floyd died and what it means for the case overall. still ahead, everybody, a long time coming and a long way to go. dr. kavita patel breaks down how far we've come with the vaccine effort and the challenges that lie ahead. plus an msnbc exclusive, i'm going to talk to my friend on the ground in guatemala, investigating the source of some of the surge at our southern border. we'll be right back. ge at our sn border we'll be right back.
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welcome back. an important vaccine update. pfizer is seeking emergency use authorization for its vaccine to be given to kids ages 12 to 15. the company says phase 3 clinical trials showed the vaccine was 100% effective in that 12 to 15 age group. the fda needs time to review all the data so an approval is still several weeks away. the pfizer vaccine is currently
authorized for anyone 16 and older. right now, the company is also studying the vaccine's effectiveness in even younger kids, by the way, ages 6 to 11. as vaccine eligibility is expanding to more americans across this country, rollout continues to meet its targets with more than 34% of the population receiving their first dose of the shot and more than 20%, meaning 1 in 5, that's about 66 million people now fully vaccinated. but as the number of shots in arms rises, so does the nationwide number of covid cases with new data showing a steady uptick after a months-long decline among warnings from the cdc that the highly contagious uk variant is now the dominant covid strain here in the u.s. joining me now is physician and fellow at the brookings institution and msnbc contributor, dr. kavita patel. a couple of things that i want to cover with you while i have you. first and foremost, this news out of pfizer asking for emergency use authorization for children ages 12 to 15. this, it seems, is well ahead of the timeline we had expected.
>> yeah, it just reinforces, yasmin, that the data was so compelling, it's an outside independent data monitoring board, recall, that really looks over this and they thought the data was so compelling that it begged the question of why not submit the amendment to the authorization which is a little easier. this isn't starting from scratch. we've already got an emergency authorization for 16 and above. this is great news. it does feel like what we had hoped for, that 12 to 15 will be immunized before the start of the fall school year, which lends to a hopefully more normal fall school year for that age group and others. >> so, i want to get into this idea of vaccine hesitancy. you and i have talked about this quite a bit. but it seems as if it's actually growing, this problem, this vaccine hesitancy is actually becoming a bigger and bigger problem. just this week, there was a piece out of mississippi saying there was 70,000-plus vaccine
slots open that nobody was raising their hands for, and that's because of vaccine hesitancy amongst white republican men in the state of mississippi. and amongst the black and brown community. we have to reach 70% herd immunity in this country to basically, i guess, in short, stop this -- stop covid in its tracks. how worried are you about this? >> yeah, yasmin, i'm worried on several levels. you're right, we have to reach hopefully around 75%. it starts locally. so if you're in mississippi, even if the rest of the country, yasmin, is at 80%, if your entire community is only at 40% immunity, you're still going to struggle, and then on top of that, the country needs to get to about 70%, and then yasmin, the world. so, you can see the hurdles ahead of us. i think what we need to do now, before the administration and states were really using this strict population kind of capita based formula. we probably now need to refresh, look at exactly what you're
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welcome back. on the southern border, the number of people crossing into the united states is at an all-time high. msnbc is getting a firsthand look at the crisis that is driving this surge, worsening conditions in central america caused by climate change and the pandemic, they're causing a record number of people to leave their homes. msnbc's amon is on the ground for us in guatemala with this exclusive work. good to see you, my friend. thanks for joining us on this. tell us what you're seeing and hearing on the ground there. >> reporter: yeah, yasmin, a lot of the questions that people have about why folks from central america are leaving and getting to the u.s. really begins in places like guatemala where we are, and we've been speaking to both experts, migrants, as well as, you know, local guatemalans who are trying or thinking about making that journey and as you mentioned, it is a series of events that have
compounded life here, making it a very desperate situation. let me connect the dots for you based on what we've seen and what we've been hearing from folks. we spent earlier part of the day at a soup kitchen where folks have lined up to just get some basic food handouts as well as, you know, clothes. we found a young mother, 27-year-old mother, who had three children who was also selling candy on the street. she talked about how she used to work as a janitor in her local school where her children went to school and as a result of the pandemic, that school shut down, she lost her job, her kids are out of school, and she now has to take them around town to try to find soup kitchens like the one we visited today to just get some basic food. now, add to that the big picture challenges over the last couple of years, you have had two major hurricanes that have destroyed large parts of the agricultural base of certain parts of this country. you have climate change has making harvesting even more difficult. and you have the pandemic that has forced people to lose their jobs. all of that is putting a strain
on the government here that it simply cannot meet. there is the factor of corruption, a lack of governance, and it is forcing people, mostly indigenous people, to leave this country. they make up more than the majority -- more than half of the country. they also make up the majority of migrants trying to get to the united states. we had a chance to speak to a young man, a 17-year-old, in fact, a child, who was thinking about that journey, who also has relatives in the united states. here's what he said. >> reporter: so, the ultimate question, yasmin, is, what's the solution? how do you reverse the flow? what do you have to do in a country like guatemala to try to keep people here? it begins with addressing the structural problems that exist in this country.
that's part of the reason why the biden administration has tapped the vice president to be the point person on trying to manage that policy, to try to get billions of dollars of resources to address the situation here, whether it's climate change, good governance, lack of security or basic infrastructural needs like education and healthcare. but all of it is really just an example to highlight the complexity of this problem, yasmin. >> so, quickly, ayman, i know you're going to be speaking to the president on monday, i believe, but what is it that they feel like they need there to put money back into the economy, to build the infrastructure there and do the people on the ground, do the folks in guatemala actually trust their own government to do this? >> reporter: you know, the handful of people that we've spoken to as well as a few experts, they simply say that the government, it's like past governments, that corruption is so endemic, that the money that is being thrown at the problem simply just goes to waste. it's not being used to get to
the outer lying parts of this country in the places that need it the most so what ends up happening is, sure, guatemala city, the capital, looks great, certainly has its own problems, but the real source of the migrant problem is coming from the highlands that are suffering these challenges where the government is not spending money and is not building these services. they do not have confidence that their government, at least those that we've spoken to so far, does not have the competence in addressing these structural problems that are going to take years to address, yasmin. >> all right, my friend. thank you so much. good luck to you in your reporting. thanks for being down there for us. always appreciate it. you can catch ayman on monday with his interview with the guatemalan president. they're going to discuss what needs to happen to mitigate the migration crisis and highlight the challenges. watch at 3:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. you don't want to miss that interview. it's going to be a good one. so, new york prosecutors appearing to be stepping up the
investigation into possible financial fraud by donald trump. this is following reports that a former daughter-in-law of a trump organization executive turned over boxes filled with financial documents. nbc legal analyst katie phang is still with us for more on this. katie, let's get into this. we were talking about matt gaetz a little bit earlier. and we said, matt gaetz was taking a page out of the book from donald trump and here we are talking about trump and the investigation led by cy vance into donald trump and specifically allen weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the trump organization, and there is this idea that -- there is this question, i should say, where we're wondering if prosecutors are trying to flip allen weisselberg to get more information on donald trump. talk us through exactly who the weisselbergs are, how important they are into this investigation, and specifically, the sons. >> so, allen weisselberg, who's the cfo of the trump organization, has been affiliated with and close to the
trump family for literally decades. he has been labeled by people like michael cohen, allen weisselberg has been labeled as being the man who knows where the proverbial bodies are buried for trump and the trump organization. now, allen weisselberg has a couple of sons, but the one that we're focusing on is a guy by the name of barry weisselberg. barry was married for 14 years to jennifer weisselberg. so, why do we care about jennifer weisselberg? well, she just turned over three boxes and a laptop to cy vance's office and investigators that included financial documents, account statements, credit card statements, bank account statements, that included not only her ex-husband's stuff but allen weisselberg's stuff, because apparently, barry and his dad, allen, had joint accounts together. and what they're doing is they're trying to build and what i think in my legal opinion, the cy vance's office is trying to build a legal case against allen weisselberg's son. and in order to do that, that
would then incentivize allen weisselberg to flip on donald trump. allen weisselberg has declared his complete and utter loyalty to donald trump and the trump organization, but as i previously wrote in a column for msnbc online, why would a parent pick donald trump when they could actually help their own son? >> more to come on all this as it is developing by the hour, it seems, at that point. katie phang, thanks for sticking around for us. coming up, everybody, food insecurity in this pandemic. millions of families struggling to get enough to eat one year after covid shut down schools, public services, and forced so many people in this country into poverty. after the break, we're going to talk to a mother of six about the sacrifice that she is making to feed her own family. we'll be right back. we'll be rig bhtack. what?! ♪ whatever you have at home, knorr sides can turn nutritious veggies into mouthwatering meals.
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unemployment and poverty over the past year, and it's resulted in skyrocketing food insecurity and hunger across this country. now seven months into the school year, millions of low-income families that are still owed billions of dollars worth of federal food aid that was supposed to make up for much-needed school meals missed during remote learning. joining me now to talk about this and her experience is tiffany corder, a mother of six children from nashville, tennessee. tiffany, thanks for joining us on this. i really appreciate it. thank you for sharing your story with us to really get a sense of what people are dealing with right now. you have six kids at home. you also take care of your nephew and four of them are actually remote learning right now. what has this been like for you? >> it's been interesting. it's been hard. it hasn't been something that i
think you would wish on anybody in a situation where you could prevent this. i've got two children that are right at 6 feet or over, and everybody's growing, and so the two meals and maybe an extra snack in aftercare or an extracurricular activity, those things went away and those things became something that i was now responsible for, to make sure that everybody ate enough and again, like i said, i've got two that are over six feet, and so they're children. you don't deny them food. you make it happen. and as a parent, that has been the majority of my focus for the last 18 months or so. >> you can hear your kids in the background now, which i'm not surprised by, considering how many kids you have in your
house. >> i swear, they don't care. >> it's okay. i get it. i have two of my own. i'm surprised they're not on camera right now trying to get me off the show. one thing that really stood out to me in this piece was how you lost a significant amount of weight since march. you've lost 40 pounds, not because you wanted to but because you were rationing food for your kids. to make sure they're fed. >> you know, i've learned throughout my life that you just have to kind of not only do what you need to do every day but you have to find the light spots in dark places, and so i look great. i've got an opportunity to wear clothes that i haven't been able to wear before, but it's been stressful watching your body change and other people noticing
and thinking that you're on a diet or something like that when really, all you're doing is making sure that everybody in your home is fed and not just them but that nobody leaves my home hungry. that's also just as important. >> are you getting help, tiffany? >> there are lots of resources here in nashville. we've got the second harvest food bank, which is a valuable resource for many. it's not a perfect option. i don't think if you're in a situation where you're looking for an emergency food box you care if it's a perfect option, and so those things are available. i have some really awesome church friends that support my family and they help us and they help anybody. i really reach out to them for a neighbor or another mom that's struggling, and so i have been -- i'm privileged to be able to have the resources at my
disposal that i do have, but that also is what inspires me to make sure that the people that cannot find someone to help them, can't pick up the phone, can't knock on a neighbor's door like mine and say, can i borrow this or can my kids eat here, those people need voices too and i'm okay with being that for them. >> wow. tiffany corder, we need more people in this world like you. i wish you the best, and i'm going to make sure to tweet out your information in case anybody does want to reach out and help in this very difficult time. i just want to bring up the graphics as we go over it once again, guys, one in eight people are going to struggle with food insecurity in 2021. one in six children, kids, are going to struggle with food insecurity this year as well. those are some really startling and disheartening numbers, to say the least. thank you, tiffany. thank you for sharing your story and being so vulnerable with us. we appreciate it. by the way, a programming note, everybody, coming up at 5:00 p.m., reverend al sharpton
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welcome back, everybody. a stunning images from the caribbean, scientists are saying this volcano of st. vincent could keep erupting for days or even weeks. the eruption began with a large explosion yesterday that blasted ash 50,000 feet into the sky. towns are now blanketed with ash and dust, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate surrounding caribbean nations have sent supplies and opened their borders to people forced from their homes there. the last time this volcano erupted was back in 1979. so, over to the uk as they mourn a beloved prince. the royal family is quietly grieving the loss of its patriarch at a complicated moment in its history. prince philip's death arrives as buckingham palace finds itself once again in turmoil, this time amid accusations of cruelty and racism from its own prince harry and his wife, the duchess of sussex. with me the now is former co-host of the the podcast, royally obsessed.
thanks for joining us on this. really appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. >> i kind of put it out there in that this is a really complicated time for the royal family, and now they have lost prince philip, their patriarch. what do you think -- how do you think this is going to affect the royal family, especially over the next seven days of mourning and the culmination of his funeral on saturday? >> well, what i hope happens is what often happens in these kind of really tough moments is that the family could come together and actually just remember what's important in life. you know, they all loved this man. we saw prince charles come outside of the palace today and speak to the crowd and he looked stricken and sort of in that fog of grief, and he spoke of his dear papa and how much they all miss him, so i'm hoping that with harry's return, some fences can be mended and they can actually just hug each other and cry together and remember what's
really important. >> it's interesting because prince philip's legacy, if you watch "the crown" as well, you'll pick up on this, it has always been defined by the sacrifices that he made to the queen and for the queen and his kind of unwavering service for the crown. but this is a very different time. do you think that history is going to remember prince philip differently now than they would have in the past? especially when you think about some of his responses to the scandals surrounding his son, prince andrew. >> you know, his legacy is -- we're already seeing how his legacy is being remembered in the newspapers this morning across the uk. he's being remembered for his service to the country. he's being remembered for the love his wife, her majesty, had for him, and yes, he is being
remembered for the scandals he presided over or helped the family steer through, and he is remembered for some of his very off-color, which is another way of saying racist, remarks over the years. i think ultimately, he will be remembered well. he's beloved around the country. you're seeing now the flowers that are being laid in front of the palace, even though the palace asked them not to. they didn't want fans to gather because of covid restrictions, but people couldn't help but do it anyway. so, i think there is a real love for him, especially because of his unbelievable dedication, i mean, over 20,000 private events, so many patronages, of course, his military service during world war ii, i think people who are fans of the monarchy already, you know, they, of course, love him for all he did for his country. >> what does this mean for the queen? do you think that she may step back from some of her public duties now after the loss of her husband? >> you know, this is her week of
mourning. i hope she'll take more than that, but i think, you know, she is the philosophy of stiff upper lip, you know? she decides -- she sets the pace for how this will go, so i think that i don't see her stepping back, no. people have been wondering for years, will she step back and let charles take up a larger role? no. she's really -- she's full steam ahead. i think she will take the appropriate time, but i think she's already had a quieter year with the pandemic, and i think that she will continue going to events. i think that's just her style. that's the way she chooses to reign. so i don't anticipate her taking a step back, no. >> thank you. appreciate you joining us this afternoon. coming up in our next hour, everybody, the republican party of no with gop leaders touting scorched earth policies over common ground. is there any hope congress can relearn the important lesson of compromise? you know what a compromise is?
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