Prince William: The Queen Is 'Just My Grandmother'
05/24/2012 AT 03:00 PM EDT
Think wedding planning is tough with your family weighing in? Try being a royal.
About two weeks after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement, "I was given a list in the first meeting of 777 names, and not one of them on there I knew," William reveals on The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric, a special marking the Queen's Jubilee. "So it was a bit daunting and it was like, well, that seems to be the guest list's sorted, but no room for friends or family. And I wasn't too happy about it."
Queen Elizabeth to the rescue.
"I rang her for a bit of moral support and a bit of backup," he says. "She said, 'Ridiculous. Get rid of the list. Start from your friends.' "
So goes the relationship between between the Duke of Cambridge, 29, and his grandmother, 86, who just happens to be the Queen.
"I still think she's just my grandmother, really. I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson, my brother as well," says William, adding: "I always remember having a healthy respect for my grandmother."
And how. "There's such scrutiny on the job that I think you have to be very, very careful how you carve your path," says William. "But she's done it brilliantly."
Though he's learned a lot from watching her, there are some things that will rattle even the most seasoned royal. Like small matter of having people all over the world watch your nuptials.
"It was one of those days where you feel very elated," he says of his wedding day. "Also completely terrified, I have to be honest. The prospect of two billion people watching was quite daunting."
The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric airs May 29 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.