Queen told William to scrap aides' wedding guest list

Monday September 26, 2011

Prince William has revealed that when he ran into a hitch during wedding planning he turned to the one person who has seen it all.

Speaking to royal biographer Robert Hardman for his new book Our Queen, the Prince told how the Queen stepped in to help, after he went to her for advice.

"I came into the first meeting for the wedding, post-engagement, and I was given this official list of 777 names — dignitaries, governors, all sorts of people — and not one person I knew," revealed the Prince.

"They said: 'These are the people we should invite.' I looked at it in absolute horror and said: 'I think we should start again.'"

His grandmother agreed, telling him to 'bin the list'.

"I rang her up the next day and said: "Do we need to be doing this?"

And she said: "No. Start with your friends first and then go from there." "And she told me to bin the list," he said.

"And it's advice like that, which is really key, when you know that she's seen and done it before."

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