Queen of Jordan on Queen Elizabeth’s life and death

Jordan's Queen Rania discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s influence on her, talks about her children’s engagements and why she feels misinformation is the world's greatest threat.
8:46 | 09/22/22

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♪ >>> WELCOME BACK TO "GMA3," EVERYBODY. IF YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING, YOU KNOW THAT ROBACH AND I WERE ON ASSIGNMENT FOR THE PAST WEEK AND A HALF, YOU COULD ARGUE, OF COURSE, COVERING EVERYTHING GOING ON WITH QUEEN ELIZABETH, ALL THE MOURNING PERIOD FOR HER, AND THE FUNERAL AS WELL. IT WAS ON MONDAY. ONE PERSON AT THAT FUNERAL WAS A WOMAN WHO ALSO FOUND HERSELF WITH THE TITLE OF QUEEN AT A PRETTY YOUNG AGE. >> YES. QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN, ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, KING ABDULLAH, HONORED THE QUEEN IN LONDON AND HAVE NOW TRAVELED TO NEW YORK FOR THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND OTHER GLOBAL EVENTS HELD HERE IN THIS CITY. AND WE HAVE THE HONOR AND THE PLEASURE TO HAVE HER MAJESTY, QUEEN RANIA AL ABDULLAH OF JORDAN FOR A NETWORK EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW. YOUR MAJESTY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. >> IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO BE BACK AND HAVING THESE FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEWS AGAIN. >> I JOKED WITH YOU WE COULD ALL BE JET LAGGED TOGETHER AS WE GO THROUGH THIS INTERVIEW, BUT I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE QUEEN. I KNOW YOU WERE ABLE TO BE THERE AT HER FUNERAL, BUT YOU'VE CALLED THE QUEEN A PARTNER FOR JRDAN AND A DEAR FAMILY FRIEND. WHAT MADE QUEEN ELIZABETH II SPECIAL TO YOU? >> SHE REALLY MEANT A LOT TO ALL OF US. YOU KNOW, SHE WAS A PILLAR OF STRENGTH AND STABILITY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT HER TODAY, YOU SEE THAT SHE -- THERE'S A LOT THAT POLITICAL LEADERS CAN LEARN FROM HER TODAY. SHE ALWAYS REMAINED ABOVE THE FRAY, ABOVE DIVISION, ABOVE POLITICS. YOU KNOW, EVEN IN THE FRACTIOUS TIMES, SHE NEVER TOOK SIDES, SHE NEVER ADDED TO THE RIFT. SHE WAS ALWAYS, THROUGH HER CONSTANCY AND HER COMMITMENT, WAS ALWAYS A SOURCE OF COMFORT. AND SO SHE REALLY, FOR ME, SHE WAS ALSO A ROLE MODEL. SHE TAUGHT THE WORLD WHAT IT MEANS TO BE QUEEN. AND WHAT WAS REALLY SPECIAL, AND I'M SURE YOU GUYS FELT THAT TOO, IS BEING IN LONDON, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A VERY SAD TIME, IT WAS ALSO A VERY REASSURING TIME BECAUSE YOU FELT THAT NOT ONLY WAS SHE A UNIFYING FORCE FOR HER PEOPLE IN HER LIFETIME, BUT SHE BROUGHT EVERYONE TOGETHER IN HER PASSING. I HAVE NEVER SENSED THAT KIND OF SENSE OF ONENESS, TOGETHERNESS, SENSE OF COMMUNITY AMONG ALL THOSE BRITISH PEOPLE WHO WERE OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, WAITING FOR HOURS TO SEE HER AND TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS. NO ONE ASKED THEM TO DO THAT. THEY DID THAT BECAUSE THEY LOVED HER, BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO SAY, THANK YOU. AND IN THESE DIVISIVE TIMES THAT WE LIVE IN, THAT WAS INCREDIBLY REASSURING. >> YOU SAY THIS -- WORLD LEADERS CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM HER. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE FOR WORLD LEADERS, IN THESE TIMES, TO LEARN FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH? >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT HER REIGN, OVER 70 YEARS, SHE NEVER TOOK HER EYE OFF THE BALL. SHE WAS ALWAYS FOCUSED ON SERVING HER PEOPLE. SHE MADE A PROMISE TO THEM, TO BE THERE FOR THEM, AND SHE WAS THERE FOR THEM IN GOOD TIMES AND IN BAD, ALWAYS A SOURCE OF STABILITY AND STRENGTH AND COMFORT. AND NOWADAYS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT LEADERS, SOMETIMES THEY'RE ALWAYS FOCUSING ON THE SHORT-TERM RATHER THAN THE LONG-TERM, AND BUILDING THEIR BRAND RATHER THAN, YOU KNOW, MAKING PROGRESS FOR THE PEOPLE. AND WE SEE A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, POPULIST RHETORIC. SO MAYBE A LOT OF TIMES, IT'S ABOUT POPULARITY RATHER THAN PRINCIPLE. SHE WAS STEADFAST IN KEEPING TO HER PRINCIPLES AND HER VALUES, AND NEVER BASED HER DECISIONS ON WHAT WOULD MAKE HER MORE POPULAR IN ANY GIVEN DAY. AND I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT THAT, THAT KIND OF CONSISTENCY AND YOU KNOW, JUST ALWAYS REMAINING CLOSE TO THE THINGS THAT YOU BELIEVE IN. >> AND IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT, YOU WERE JUST 28 YOURSELF WHEN YOU BECAME QUEEN. >> YES. >> AND YI'M CURIOUS. YOU SAID YOU HAD SOMEONE, YOU MENTIONED SHE WAS A ROLE MODEL, QUEEN ELIZABETH II, TO LOOK UP TO. DID SHE EVER OFFER YOU ANY ADVICE? DID YOU EVER SEEK ANY ADVICE FROM HER? >> YES, AND I WAS SAYING EARLIER, YOU KNOW, SHE'S SO HUMBLE THAT SHE WOULDN'T EXPECT, YOU KNOW, YOU TO ASK FOR HER ADVICE, BUT IF YOU ASKED FOR IT, SHE'S VERY GENEROUS WITH IT. AND YOU KNOW, WHEN I FIRST MET HER, I WAS STILL NEW TO THE JOB, AND SHE TOLD ME THE IMPORTANCE OF ALWAYS BEING THERE. THE SENSE OF DUTY AND DISCIPLINE, SO IMPORTANT. WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WORLD LEADERS AND WHAT THEY CAN LEARN FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH. LOOK, GIVEN EVERYTHING FROM THE PANDEMIC TO THE WAR IN UKRAINE TO ALL KINDS OF ISSUES, YOU SAID MISINFORMATION OFTENTIMES IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ENEMIES OUT THERE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT, AND WHO -- HOW CAN WE FIGHT THAT MISINFORMATION? WHO IS PERPETUATING IT? >> RIGHT, WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK ALL OF US ON A DAILY BASIS ARE BOMBARDED BY SO MUCH INFORMATION AND NEWS AND, YOU KNOW, CHANGE IS HAPPENING AT SUCH A DIZZYING PACE, AND I THINK IN THE FOG OF THIS CONSTANT UPHEAVAL, INFORMATION OVERLOAD, WE'VE ALL BECOME SUSCEPTIBLE AND VULNERABLE TO A COMMUNICATION LANDSCAPE THAT REALLY REWARDS OUTRAGE OVER HONESTY. AND THAT'S WHAT I THINK -- WHY I THINK MISINFORMATION IS PROBABLY THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO OUR WORLD TODAY, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF COMPLICATED CHALLENGES THAT WE NEED TO FACE, LIKE YOU SAID, PANDEMIC, CLIMATE CHANGE, ALL THESE ISSUES, AND THE GOAL OF MISINFORMATION ISN'T JUST TO MISINFORM US. I THINK IT IS TO INFLUENCE OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR ACTIONS TO THE BENEFIT AND SERVICE OF SOMEBODY ELSE'S POLITICAL AGENDA, SO THE ONUS IS ON US TO BE VERY VIGILANT AND TO GO THAT EXTRA FACT-CHECKING MILE BEFORE WE ADOPT SOMETHING AS TRUTH, AND THIS MISINFORMATION HAS BEEN SO DIVISIVE, AND YOU SEE IT NOT JUST HERE IN THE UNITED STATES BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD. HOW PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO DIVIDE INTO TRIBES, AND I FIND THAT VERY WORRYING, AND INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS, BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE IN A TRIBE, YOU'RE JUST HUDDLED TOGETHER AND JUST VERY FEARFUL OF THE OTHER, AND THIS POLITICS OF FEAR IS VERY DANGEROUS, AND VERY DIVISIVE FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. >> AND YOUR MAJESTY, I KNOW THAT YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND ARE HERE FOR THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ONE OF THE BIG TOPICS, ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES, OF COURSE, IS THE WAR IN UKRAINE, AND I KNOW AN ISSUE NEAR AND DEAR TO YOUR HEART IS REFUGEES. AND IT'S SOMETHING YOU FACE IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY. WHAT SHOULD BE A BETTER PLAN? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE WORLD LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO DO TO ADDRESS THIS GROWING AND CONSTANT PROBLEM AROUND THE WORLD? >> RIGHT. IT'S BEEN REASSURING TO SEE HOW MANY COUNTRIES IN EUROPE CAME TOGETHER, AND, YOU KNOW, EXTENDED OPEN ARMS AND OPEN POLICIES TO UKRAINIAN REFUGEES. THE RESPONSE WAS SWIFT AND SINCERE, AS IT SHOULD BE, TO ANY REFUGEE FLEEING ANY CRISIS. BUT THERE WAS A DISPARITY IN THE TONE, URGENCY, AND GENEROSITY EXTENDED TO UKRAINIAN REFUGEES AS COMPARED TO REFUGEES FLEEING OTHER DEVASTATION, SAY, FROM SYRIA OR SOUTH SUDAN OR MYANMAR. YOU KNOW, THERE WAS ONE EUROPEAN COUNTRY WHO EARLIER THIS YEAR ADMITTED UPWARDS OF HALF A MILLION UKRAINIAN REFUGEES. IN THE PAST YEARS, THEY HAD EXPELLED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. SO, SAYING EARLIER, YOU CAN'T RATION HUMANITY OR APPLY IT SELECTIVELY. AND SO, I THINK THE RESPONSE TO THE UKRAINE CRISIS SET A GOLD STANDARD. IT SHOWED US THAT THE WORLD IS CAPABLE OF MOUNTING A TRULY HUMANITARIAN GLOBAL RESPONSE IF THE POLITICAL WILL IS THERE. AND THE POLITICAL WILL SHOULD BE THERE. AND WE CAN'T LOSE SIGHT OF THE SUFFERING AND THE PLIGHT OF PEOPLE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. >> WELL, AS YOU CONTINUE TO LEND YOUR VOICE TO A NUMBER OF ISSUES, YOU KEEP A BUSY SCHEDULE, I THINK IT'S A JOB, A RESPONSIBILITY YOU HAVE, AND YOUR FAMILY IS EXPANDING. THAT IS RIGHT? YOU HAVE TWO WEDDINGS YOU'RE PLANNING NEXT YEAR? >> I HAVE TWO WEDDINGS NEXT YEAR. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. MY DAUGHTER WAS MAKING FUN OF ME THE OTHER DAY. SHE SAID, MOM, WHENEVER YOU'RE INTRODUCING ME, YOU'RE ALWAYS, LIKE, SHE'S GETTING MARRIED NEXT YEAR. I THINK I HAVE TO KEEP SAYING IT SO I BELIEVE IT. I TOLD THEM, I'VE BEEN BEGGING YOU GUYS TO GET MARRIED FOR YEARS AND SUDDENLY YOU DECIDE TO DO IT WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF EACH OTHER. >> YOUR SON AND DAUGHTER BOTH HAVING WEDDINGS NEXT YEAR. >> IT'S SO EXCITING. IT'S INCREDIBLY HECTIC BUT THE BEST KIND OF HECTIC. I COULDN'T HAVE CHOSEN BETTER CHILDREN-IN-LAW. ALL OF US AS PARENTS WANT TO SEE OUR KIDS GROW UP AND BECOME INDEPENDENT ADULTS AND SHARE THEIR LIFE'S JOURNEY WITH PARTNERS. I'M SO PROUD OF THE CHOICES THEY MADE. I USED TO ALWAYS SAY, MY FAVORITE TITLE IS MAMA, BUT I THINK THAT'S GOING TO QUICKLY CHANGE TO TETA, WHICH IS THE ARABIC WORD FOR GRANDMA. >> OH, GOOD, GOOD. >> NO PRESSURE, KIDS. >> MY GOAL IS TO BE, LIKE, FUN GRANDMA, YOU KNOW? WE HAVE A SAYING IN ARABIC THAT, NO PERSON IS DEARER TO US THAN -- MORE THAN OUR CHILDREN THAN OUR GRANDCHILDREN, AND I'M REALLY EXCITED TO HAVE BABIES IN MY LIFE SOON. >> THAT IS SO FUNNY. YOU WANTED THEM TO GET MARRIED, YOU ALREADY GOT THEM WITH GRANDKIDS. OKAY. >> I WON'T APPLY PRESSURE, BUT I WILL. >> WELL, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE. WE'VE WATCHED AND ADMIRED YOU, REALLY, FROM AFAR FOR A LONG TIME. IT IS SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE IN OUR STUDIO. ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR TIME HERE IN NEW YORK.

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