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'It's always nice to pop around for tea... I can be a bit of a cheeky grandson': William and Harry open up about their relationship with the Queen in Katie Couric interview

'It's always nice to pop around for tea... I can be a bit of a cheeky grandson': William and Harry open up about their relationship with the Queen in Katie Couric interview

By Meghan Keneally

Published: 00:23 GMT, 25 May 2012 | Updated: 19:23 GMT, 25 May 2012

Katie Couric revealed more parts of her interview with Princes William and Harry in the lead up to the Diamond Jubilee celebration in honor of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth's 60 years in power.

The stories that the heirs to the throne shared shows that they have a very close bond with the Queen, one that is much more normal than expected.

'I still think she's just my grandmother, really,' Prince William told the American interviewer when asked if he remembers a specific moment when he realized that his grandmother was not like everyone else's.

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Difficult: 'It's the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it,' William said of his wedding dayDifficult: 'It's the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it,' William said of his wedding day

Difficult: 'It's the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it,' William said of his wedding day

South of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with CouricSouth of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with Couric

South of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with Couric

'I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson, like my brother as well. We both take the mickey a bit too much.

'But I remember always having a healthy respect for my grandmother.'

Prince Harry told of how the requirements that come with being a member of the Royal Family keeps them from spending too much off-time together.

'Do you have to make an appointment to meet with your grandparents or can you just pop by the palace,' Katie asked.

'It depends where she is. She's always very, very busy and the grandparents never seem to be in the same place as us,' Prince Harry said.

'If they're around and we're in close proximity it is always nice to pop around.'

All smiles: The Queen met U.S. television anchor Katie Couric at the Buckingham Palace garden party todayAll smiles: The Queen met U.S. television anchor Katie Couric at the Buckingham Palace garden party today

All smiles: The Queen met U.S. television anchor Katie Couric at the Buckingham Palace garden party today

Hats off: Ms Couric said that the person who designed her fascinator also designed the hat worn by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace garden partyHats off: Ms Couric said that the person who designed her fascinator also designed the hat worn by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace garden partyHats off: Ms Couric said that the person who designed her fascinator also designed the hat worn by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace garden partyHats off: Ms Couric said that the person who designed her fascinator also designed the hat worn by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace garden party

Hats off: Ms Couric said that the person who designed her fascinator (which she likened to a frisbee) also designed the hat worn by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace garden party

'But if you wanted to, could you just say "Hi, can I come over for a cup of tea?"' Ms Couric asked again.

'I'd like to think so!' Harry responded.

'I'm sure if I rang her up and said "Can I come over for a cup of tea she would hopefully turn around and say "Yes, please do."'

The interviews came as a part of a special report on the Royal Family which will air in full on ABC this Tuesday May 29.

In addition to visiting Buckingham Palace for the Garden Party where she was formally presented to the Queen, Ms Couric also toured Clarence House and its gardens during her interview of Prince William.

She said that the 29-year-old was 'actually very funny'.

Quite the locale: Katie interviewed Prince William in Clarence HouseQuite the locale: Katie interviewed Prince William in Clarence House

Quite the locale: Katie interviewed Prince William in Clarence House

Touring: Prince William joked about the helicopters overhead while the pair toured the Clarence House gardensTouring: Prince William joked about the helicopters overhead while the pair toured the Clarence House gardens

Touring: Prince William joked about the helicopters overhead while the pair toured the Clarence House gardens

'We made fun of the helicopter noise that was overhead. At one point, we were walking around the gardens and I said "Seriously, can't you do something about that?" and he said "Yeah, let me ring someone up!"

'He was a great sport and really really nice, as was Prince Harry.'

Ms Couric sat down with Prince Harry in Brazil while he was there on a trip as a representative for his grandmother.

'When they go out representing her I think they she really leaves them alone,' Ms Couric observed after her meeting in Brazil.

Meeting: Ms Couric said that she was very nervous before meeting the Royals but that they 'couldn't be nicer'Meeting: Ms Couric said that she was very nervous before meeting the Royals but that they 'couldn't be nicer'

Meeting: Ms Couric said that she was very nervous before meeting the Royals but that they 'couldn't be nicer'

'But if they do something wrong, she does ring them up as they say and she tells them, gives them some constructive criticism as it were.'

Ms Couric repeatedly said that the Princes 'couldn't be nicer' but she did note that they kept their guard up.

'They really try to keep their private time with their grandmother private so they didn't divulge a lot,' she said.

The journalist also reflected on her formal introduction to the Queen when she was one of the 8,000 people to attend the first of two garden parties held on the grounds of the Palace.

'She was quite lovely, and charming and gracious just as everyone had said,' Ms Couric told her co-worker Diane Sawyer during a segment of World News.

Cheeky: Prince William said that he and his brother 'take the mickey a bit too much' of their grandmotherCheeky: Prince William said that he and his brother 'take the mickey a bit too much' of their grandmother

Cheeky: Prince William said that he and his brother 'take the mickey a bit too much' of their grandmother

Back then: Harry (left) and William (right) both said that while she is the Queen to everyone else, she is simply their grandmother behind closed doorsBack then: Harry (left) and William (right) both said that while she is the Queen to everyone else, she is simply their grandmother behind closed doors

Back then: Harry (left) and William (right) both said that while she is the Queen to everyone else, she is simply their grandmother behind closed doors

'She's quite diminutive. She's actually quite soft spoken.

'She isn't kind of larger-than-life. She seems actually smaller-than-life when you meet her face to face.

Everyone has used the word humble to describe her and I think she carries herself as we've seen for many, many years with such quiet dignity and grace and humility.

'The big question was to curtsey or not to curtsey, and I decided to do a little curtsey.

Earlier preview clips gave a brief glimpse of the upcoming special, which will run for two hours and cover the Queen's 60-year reign and her relationship with the rest of the Royal Family.

'Behind closed doors, she's our grandmother, it's as simple as that' Prince Harry told Ms Couric during the interview.

Opening up: Prince Harry spoke with Katie Couric as a part of the lead up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrationsOpening up: Prince Harry spoke with Katie Couric as a part of the lead up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Opening up: Prince Harry spoke with Katie Couric as a part of the lead up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Close to home: Ms Couric met with Prince William both inside and outside of Buckingham PalaceClose to home: Ms Couric met with Prince William both inside and outside of Buckingham Palace

Close to home: Ms Couric met with Prince William both inside and outside of Buckingham Palace

Given their well-noted reluctance to talk to the media, it is clear that the subject of their grandmother is one so close to their hearts that they made an exception.

In a light-hearted moment, Prince William alludes to a moment of youthful misbehaviour.

'As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother,' Prince William confessed.

For her meeting with the heir to the British throne, Ms Couric got an exclusive tour of Buckingham Palace.

At one point, the pair walked the grounds of the manicured private garden.

Happy family: The interview with the princes shows their closeness with their grandmotherHappy family: The interview with the princes shows their closeness with their grandmother

Happy family: The interview with the princes shows their closeness with their grandmother

Past indiscretions: Prince William made reference to an earlier incident, saying 'As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother'Past indiscretions: Prince William made reference to an earlier incident, saying 'As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother'

Past indiscretions: Prince William made reference to an earlier incident, saying 'As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother'

Full view: During the interview, they took a walk in the private gardens of the PalaceFull view: During the interview, they took a walk in the private gardens of the Palace

Full view: During the interview, they took a walk in the private gardens of the Palace

It struck a strong contrast to her interview with Prince Harry, which took place at an undisclosed location in Brazil.

The former Today show host is seen walking around a lush property with palm trees and a pond when she is interviewing Harry.

Like the younger prince himself, their interview seemed jovial, with Katie mimicking a dance move at one point and even asking if the Queen had friended the 27-year-old royal.

'No she hasn't. Why? Has she friended you?' he responded.

'Hopefully after this interview she will,' Ms Couric responded.

Joking around: During their time together, Ms Couric and Prince Harry goofed around striking a funny pose during their interview in BrazilJoking around: During their time together, Ms Couric and Prince Harry goofed around striking a funny pose during their interview in Brazil

Joking around: During their time together, Ms Couric and Prince Harry goofed around striking a funny pose during their interview in Brazil

Answering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interviewAnswering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interviewAnswering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interviewAnswering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interview

Answering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interview

Rare appearance: Prince Harry and his brother are very sporadic with their press accessRare appearance: Prince Harry and his brother are very sporadic with their press access

Rare appearance: Prince Harry and his brother are very sporadic with their press access

The Facebook page that Ms Couric was referring to is actually dedicated to the entire British Monarchy, but, unsurprisingly, the cover photo is one of the Queen herself.

Started in November 2010, the page was quick to earn hundreds of thousands of followers, and currently has 530,000 who track the updates made by the Queen's media relations team.

Alas, because the page itself is a fan page and not an individual profile, the option of friending is not available. (Needless to say, the same goes for poking.)

The ABC special, titled The Real Queen By Her Own Royal Family, will air on May 29.

Though the first brief preview only shows William and Harry sitting down with the journalist, there was no mention of either Prince Charles or Prince William's bride Kate being included.

Exclusive: The interview is a big 'get' for Katie Couric, who is launching a new talk show in SeptemberExclusive: The interview is a big 'get' for Katie Couric, who is launching a new talk show in September

Exclusive: The interview is a big 'get' for Katie Couric, who is launching a new talk show in September

Hidden passageways: A steward shows Ms Couric how to pass through a secret door in Buckingham PalaceHidden passageways: A steward shows Ms Couric how to pass through a secret door in Buckingham Palace

Hidden passageways: A steward shows Ms Couric how to pass through a secret door in Buckingham Palace

The interview is a notable success for the network, and for Ms Couric herself.

It will also help reintroduce the long-time news host to American viewers as she gears up for the launch of her new afternoon talk show, called Katie, which begins on September 10 on ABC.

Media critics have noted that ABC is also the network which has the U.S. rights to the Diamond Jubilee concert featuring legendary British acts like Paul McCartney, Elton John and Tom Jones.

ABC, however, has said that the two events are unrelated and simply that they had been angling for an interview with the Princes for some time.

News of the interview is sure to have ABC's competitors reeling, as it has been two years since any American network has had an exclusive interview with a member of the royal family. That interview was done by Brian Williams for NBC when he met with Prince Charles.

The fervour to cover the princes has only increased since Prince William wed Catherine in April of last year, creating a media spectacle the world over. As a result, the topic of married life will undoubtedly come up during Ms Couric's sit down with the elder prince.

Jubilant! The Queen meets her enthusiastic public after her visit to Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley todayJubilant! The Queen meets her enthusiastic public after her visit to Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley today

Jubilant! The Queen meets her enthusiastic public after her visit to Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley today

In her honour: The Diamond Jubilee celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 60 years in powerIn her honour: The Diamond Jubilee celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 60 years in power

In her honour: The Diamond Jubilee celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 60 years in power

The special will air just days before the formal celebration of the Queen's 60 years in power.

Festivities have been planned throughout the country, and obviously in London, over the weekend of June 2 to June 5.

In addition to the hotly-anticipated concert at Buckingham Palace, a boat pageant on the Thames, and the Epsom Derby, the long weekend will culminate in a special mass at St. Paul's Cathedral followed by receptions at Westminster Hall and a formal balcony appearance.

The Queen's Golden Jubilee, celebrating her half-century in power, included a year's worth of festivities throughout 2002.

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Prince William reveals he and Kate are 'very keen' to have children

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  • William told Katie Couric that he 'was very sad his mother is never going to get the chance to meet Kate'
  • Prince William said the Queen told him to tear up the original wedding guest list and start with his friends
  • Prince Harry revealed he was 'just waiting for the right person' and also wanted to have children

By Rebecca English for the Daily Mail and Deborah Arthurs for MailOnline and Victoria Wellman

Published: 04:31 GMT, 30 May 2012 | Updated: 14:32 GMT, 31 May 2012

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Prince William has given his clearest sign yet that he and his wife were planning to try for a baby imminently.

In an interview to mark his grandmothers diamond jubilee, the future king said starting a family was a key issue for him and the Duchess of Cambridge, who is 30.

Discussing his military plans, William, who will himself turn 30 next month, said: More importantly, Id rather like to have children. So thats the key thing really.

Scroll down to watch extracts from the interview

Future plans: Prince William said that having children was the 'key thing' for himself and CatherineFuture plans: Prince William said that having children was the 'key thing' for himself and Catherine

Future plans: Prince William said that having children was the 'key thing' for himself and Catherine

Wedded bliss: The Duchess of Cambridge meets guests during a garden party at Buckingham Palace today. Prince William said the couple were keen to start a familyWedded bliss: The Duchess of Cambridge meets guests during a garden party at Buckingham Palace today. Prince William said the couple were keen to start a family

Wedded bliss: The Duchess of Cambridge meets guests during a garden party at Buckingham Palace today. Prince William said the couple were keen to start a family

But Im just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future.

When asked whether there was anything he would like to announce the prince said coyly: You wont get anything out of me. Tight lipped.

William opened up during an interview at Clarence House in London for the U.S. show The Jubilee Queen with Katie Couric, screened on ABC tonight.

The prince also indicated that his first year of married life had been nothing short of blissful.

Its all its cracked up to be ... no major arguments or domestics at the moment. Its all going well, he said.

Both William and Kate have spoken in the past of their desire to start a family but what was particularly significant about the latest interview is that his comments were made in the context of his plans for the next two years.

Funny: Katie Couric said that both Princes, and 'Prince William especially', were very funny during their interviewsFunny: Katie Couric said that both Princes, and 'Prince William especially', were very funny during their interviews

Funny: Katie Couric said that both Princes, and 'Prince William especially', were very funny during their interviews

The prince and the presenter: William and Katie Couric take a stroll in the grounds of his residence at Clarence HouseThe prince and the presenter: William and Katie Couric take a stroll in the grounds of his residence at Clarence House

The prince and the presenter: William and Katie Couric take a stroll in the grounds of his residence at Clarence House

Asked whether he planned to stay in the RAF or become a full-time working royal the prince said: Im still trying to decide. Its a really difficult one because I really enjoy my time in the Air Force.

But the pressures of my other life are building. And fighting them off or balancing the two of them has proven quite difficult. More importantly, Id rather like to have children.

Asked whether he worries that as a future Prince of Wales and king he will be able to measure up to his grandmothers exemplary conduct, William said: Constantly. Terrifying. No, I take each step at it comes and its good when youve got good examples to follow. And hopefully I can try and do her some sort of justice, he said.

In the ABC interview, Williams brother Harry, 27, revealed he is getting broody too: Ive longed for kids since I was very, very young. And so Im just, Im waiting to find the right person, someone whos willing to take on the job.

South of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with Katie CouricSouth of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with Katie Couric

South of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with Katie Couric

He also indicated that with his first solo royal tour under his belt, he felt it would be easier to do the job as part of a couple.

Ive always said that itd probably be easier as a, as a couple. I dont have anyone. I wasnt allowed to bring anybody with me, he said.

William paid tribute to his grandmother the Queen, saying: The biggest thing that Ive noticed is that, age 25 when she became queen and me being 29 and a few months now ... is the fact that at that time she was a woman in mans world, stepping into what everyone thought was only a man could do.

She really carved her way in that sense and produced, you know, an incredible amount of courage to do the job and to step up to the plate and ... and shes not let herself or anyone down in the process.

Looking for a princess: Prince Harry admitted that he was just waiting for the right girl and that he would love to have childrenLooking for a princess: Prince Harry admitted that he was just waiting for the right girl and that he would love to have children

Looking for a princess: Prince Harry admitted that he was just waiting for the right girl and that he would love to have children

She set an incredible example to me, to others to follow her leadership ... her duty, her sacrifice. I think shes done amazingly well.

He admitted, though, that while he has always had a healthy respect for his grandmother he and his brother werent always above giving her a bit of cheek.

Im probably a bit of a cheeky grandson like my brother as well. We both tend to take the mickey a bit much.

The prince revealed that while the Queen is a great believer in letting people make their own mistakes.

He said: She listens. Shes a very good listener. So if you do ever have problems, you can share them with her and she will listen and she will try and help ... but otherwise, she sort of lets you get on with your own life.

You know when youre in her bad books. Ive seen the way the corgis get told off when theyre in trouble.

The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and 8,000 guests at a Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday her first appearance at one of the events. She wore an $1,880 Emilia Wickstead dress she had been seen in only 11 days before.

Got the moves: Prince Harry shows Couric the move he picked up from Olympic champion Usain Bolt during his tour of the Caribbean to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubileeGot the moves: Prince Harry shows Couric the move he picked up from Olympic champion Usain Bolt during his tour of the Caribbean to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee

Got the moves: Prince Harry shows Couric the move he picked up from Olympic champion Usain Bolt during his tour of the Caribbean to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee

Prince William also revealed how he'd wished that his mother Princess Diana had been able to see his wedding day.

The prince said it was the 'one time' since she died that he'd really missed his mother and he'd felt 'sad' knowing she wouldn't be there.

'I sort of prepared myself beforehand so that I was sort of mentally prepared,' he said. 'I didnt want any wobbly lips or anything going on,' Prince William told Couric in the interview ahead of the celebrations in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign.

'It was the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here. And just how sad really, for her more than anything, not being able to see it.

'I think she would have loved the day and I think, hopefully, shed be very proud of us both for the day. Im just very sad that shes never going to get a chance to meet Kate.'

For Harry too it was a poignant moment, as he felt his mother's absence acutely, knowing especially that 'she would have loved Kate.'

'I think she had the best seat in the house probably,' Harry said. 'She would have loved to have been there.'

Harry, who acted as his brother's best man, also confessed he was 'massively nervous' on his brother's wedding day. Emotional scarring: A new biography about the prince claims that he was so affected by his parents' highly publicised affairs he doubted he could be faithful to one woman

Emotional scarring: A new biography about the prince claims that he was so affected by his parents' highly publicised affairs he doubted he could be faithful to one woman

Emotional scarring: A new biography about the prince claims that he was so affected by his parents' highly publicised affairs he doubted he could be faithful to one woman

'Everybody was nervous,' he said. 'The whole thing was a bit of a blur to be honest because there was God knows how many millions or billions of eyes focused on us. Luckily, mainly those two.'

The two billion pairs of eyes didn't go unnoticed by William either. Recalling his wedding day he said: 'Honestly it was one of those days where you feel very elated. Also completely terrified, I have to be honest. The prospect of two billion people watching was quite daunting.'

A new biography of the prince has claimed that the future king was so scarred by his parent's failed marriage that he worried whether he could be faithful to one woman.

According to royal biographer Penny Junor, the author of 'Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King', Prince Charles and Princess Diana's highly publicised affairs contributed to Prince William's delayed marriage proposal to now-wife Kate Middleton.

'The problem was William: he had very real worries about whether it was possible to love just one woman. After his hurricane childhood, he was understandably cautious about committing to a relationship,' Junor writes in the book.

Katie Couric, who later confessed she had been 'trepidatious' to bring up the subject of Diana because it was 'so personal and private', also talked to the princes about their relationship with the Queen.

Poignant: Princes Harry and William, pictured with their mother in 1993, said it was 'difficult' not to have their mother with them on the dayPoignant: Princes Harry and William, pictured with their mother in 1993, said it was 'difficult' not to have their mother with them on the day

Poignant: Princes Harry and William, pictured with their mother in 1993, said it was 'difficult' not to have their mother with them at the Royal Wedding last year

The stories that the heirs to the throne shared shows that they have a very close bond with her, one that is much more normal than expected.

'I still think she's just my grandmother, really,' Prince William told Couric when asked if he remembers a specific moment when he realised that his grandmother was not like everyone else's.

But continued, admitting: 'When I was younger and my parents used to always slap my hand if I was picking my nose or if I was running around screaming I was told to shut up.

'And I sort of understood that when I was around her I needed to be a little but more low key and little bit more polite.'

Prince Harry said he couldn't imagine, even at 27, taking on the responsibility that the Queen did in 1953 when she was 25 years old.

'This tour itself has been a brief insight as to what she had to deal with at a very young age,' Harry said. 'What she's achieved and what she's done and at the age of 25, confronted with the world's media. You can see it in her face now. You can see it in the way that she parades herself is just so immaculate.'

When it comes to family though, he said his grandmother is 'really very very normal. Very relaxed. She obviously takes a huge interest in what we all do, that's her children as well as her grandchildren.

'She wants to know which charities we're supporting, how life is going in our jobs and such. So you know, she has a vested interested in what we do.'

And it seems her interests go beyond what her own twenty-something grandsons are up to.

Joking about the Queen's Facebook page, he lamented that she hadn't 'friended' him yet and asked Couric whether she had received any friend requests from his grandmother herself.

'She's managed to get the family to move with the times and I think that's incredibly important. You can't get stuck in an old age situation when everything else around you is changing so you have to go with it,' he said approvingly.

From William's description of his first meeting to discuss the royal wedding, it would appear however, that when it comes to business versus family, Britain's monarch does not waste time in prioritising.

'I was given a list in the first meeting, of 777 names, and not one of them on there I knew,' he recalled. 'And I wasn't too happy about it so I rang her for a bit of moral support, and a bit of back up, and she said "don't be so ridiculous. Get rid of the list and start from your friends."'



Prince William's heartbreaking confession: 'I am very sad my mother is never going to get the chance to meet Kate... she'd be very proud'

Prince William's heartbreaking confession: 'I am very sad my mother is never going to get the chance to meet Kate... she'd be very proud'

  • William reveals in an interview with Katie Couric that he mentally prepared for the day
  • Harry tells Couric that Diana would have loved Kate
  • Prince William recalls the day the Queen told him to tear up the original guest list and start with his friends

By Deborah Arthurs for MailOnline and Victoria Wellman

Published: 12:56 GMT, 29 May 2012 | Updated: 07:32 GMT, 30 May 2012

Prince William has revealed how he'd wished that his mother Princess Diana had been able to see his wedding day.

The prince said it was the 'one time' since she died that he'd really missed his mother and he'd felt 'sad' knowing she wouldn't be there.

William opened up during an interview at Clarence House, where he lives with Kate, for the U.S. show The Jubilee Queen with Katie Couric, set to be screened onABC at 9pm today. Difficult: 'It's the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it,' William said of his wedding day

Difficult: 'It's the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it,' William said of his wedding day Difficult: 'It's the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it,' William said of his wedding day

'I sort of prepared myself beforehand so that I was sort of mentally prepared,' he said. 'I didnt want any wobbly lips or anything going on,' Prince William told Couric in the interview ahead of the celebrations in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign.

'It was the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here. And just how sad really, for her more than anything, not being able to see it.

'I think she would have loved the day and I think, hopefully, shed be very proud of us both for the day. Im just very sad that shes never going to get a chance to meet Kate.'

For Harry too it was a poignant moment, as he felt his mother's absence acutely, knowing especially that 'she would have loved Kate.'

'I think she had the best seat in the house probably,' Harry said. 'She would have loved to have been there.'

Harry, who acted as his brother's best man, also confessed he was 'massively nervous' on his brother's wedding day.

'Everybody was nervous,' he said. 'The whole thing was a bit of a blur to be honest because there was God knows how many millions or billions of eyes focused on us. Luckily, mainly those two.'

South of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with CouricSouth of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with Couric

South of the border: Prince Harry was in Brazil as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour when he met with Couric

The two billion pairs of eyes didn't go unnoticed by William either. Recalling his wedding day he said: 'Honestly it was one of those days where you feel very elated. Also completely terrified, I have to be honest. The prospect of two billion people watching was quite daunting.'

A new biography of the prince has claimed that the future king was so scarred by his parent's failed marriage that he worried whether he could be faithful to one woman.

According to royal biographer Penny Junor, the author of 'Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King', Prince Charles and Princess Diana's highly publicised affairs contributed to Prince William's delayed marriage proposal to now-wife Kate Middleton.

'The problem was William: he had very real worries about whether it was possible to love just one woman. After his hurricane childhood, he was understandably cautious about committing to a relationship,' Junor writes in the book.

Katie Couric, who later confessed she had been 'trepidatious' to bring up the subject of Diana because it was 'so personal and private', also talked to the princes about their relationship with the Queen.

The stories that the heirs to the throne shared shows that they have a very close bond with her, one that is much more normal than expected.

'I still think she's just my grandmother, really,' Prince William told the American interviewer when asked if he remembers a specific moment when he realised that his grandmother was not like everyone else's.

But continued, admitting: ''When I was younger and my parents used to always slap my hand if I was picking my nose or if I was running around screaming I was told to shut up. And I sort of understood that when I was around her I needed to be a little but more low key and little bit more polite.'

Emotional scarring: A new biography about the prince claims that he was so affected by his parents' highly publicised affairs he doubted he could be faithful to one womanEmotional scarring: A new biography about the prince claims that he was so affected by his parents' highly publicised affairs he doubted he could be faithful to one woman

Emotional scarring: A new biography about the prince claims that he was so affected by his parents' highly publicised affairs he doubted he could be faithful to one woman

Looking back at the incredible challenge facing their grandmother who took the throne at the age of 25 back in what Prince William referred to as a 'man's world', both the princes were equally as admiring.

Talking to Couric in Brazil, the younger of the two said he couldn't imagine, even at 27, taking on the responsibility that the Queen did in 1953.

'This tour itself has been a brief insight as to what she had to deal with at a very young age,' Harry said. 'What she's achieved and what she's done and at the age of 25, confronted with the world's media. You can see it in her face now. You can see it in the way that she parades herself is just so immaculate.'

When it comes to family though, he said his grandmother is 'really very very normal. Very relaxed. She obviously takes a huge interest in what we all do, that's her children as well as her grandchildren.

'She wants to know which charities we're supporting, how life is going in our jobs and such. So you know, she has a vested interested in what we do.'

Poignant: Princes Harry and William, pictured with their mother in 1993, said it was 'difficult' not to have their mother with them on the dayPoignant: Princes Harry and William, pictured with their mother in 1993, said it was 'difficult' not to have their mother with them on the day

Poignant: Princes Harry and William, pictured with their mother in 1993, said it was 'difficult' not to have their mother with them on the day

And it seems her interests go beyond what her own twenty-something grandsons are up to.

Joking about the Queen's Facebook page, he lamented that she hadn't 'friended' him yet and asked Couric whether she had received any friend requests from his grandmother herself.

'She's managed to get the family to move with the times and I think that's incredibly important. You can't get stuck in an old age situation when everything else around you is changing so you have to go with it,' he said approvingly.

From William's description of his first meeting to discuss the royal wedding, it would appear however, that when it comes to business versus family, Britain's monarch does not waste time in prioritising.

'I was given a list in the first meeting, of 777 names, and not one of them on there I knew,' he recalled. 'And I wasn't too happy about it so I rang her for a bit of moral support, and a bit of back up, and she said "don't be so ridiculous. Get rid of the list and start from your friends."'

The interviews came as a part of a special report on the Royal Family which will air in full on ABC tonight at 9pm EST.

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