Prince William on his relationship with Queen E
She's the queen for one of the most influential countries in the world, but to Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II is "just my grandmother."
"I still think she's just my grandmother, really," said the Duke of Cambridge, who tied the knot with Kate Middleton last year. "I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson, my brother as well. I always remember having a healthy respect for my grandmother."
In fact, she's the person he turned to, when he was at loss while planning for his wedding in April last year. The prince recalled how, two weeks after he and Middleton announced their engagement, he was given "a list in the first meeting of 777 names, and not one of them on there I knew."
"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."
So what did the frustrated royal do? He called his grandmother.
"I rang her for a bit of moral support and a bit of backup. She said, 'Ridiculous. Get rid of the list. Start from your friends,' " revealed William on The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric, a special marking the Queen's Jubilee.
So just how does William, 29, view his 86-year-old grandmother as a queen who has been on the throne for 60 years?
"There's such scrutiny on the job that I think you have to be very, very careful how you carve your path, but she's done it brilliantly," he said.
Published May 25 2012