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Prince William interview with Katie Couric: Princess Diana 'would have loved ...

31 May 2012

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  • 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 and Victoria Wellman

PUBLISHED: 06:56 EST, 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 01:32 EST, 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 on ABC 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

'I sort of prepared myself beforehand so that I was sort of mentally prepared,' he said. 'I didn’t 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, she’d be very proud of us both for the day.  I’m just very sad that she’s 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 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 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 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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@Charlene, oxon......No dear, it is YOU who needs to get your facts straight before commenting....Camilla already had an automatic invitation to witness the signing of the register as Charles wife, she didn't have to be invited by William or whoever you think invited her. No way would Charles leave her in the church while his parents, Kate's parents, his son Harry and Pippa all accompanied William and Kate to sign the register. Watch the wedding video again, in case you missed it when they all left the sanctuary to meet up with the Queen to sign it. However, if Diana had been alive, she would've been there to witness her son signing the wedding register and perhaps Camilla wouldn't have, but I doubt Charles would have left her out seeing she is his wife! Really not necessary to respond again, you believe what you want and just agree to disagree.

- Me , somewhere in the world, 31/5/2012 03:31

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My goodness, leave poor Kate alone. Prince William obviously loves her. I can't believe how evil some of you people are!!

- ex-pat, australia, 31/5/2012 01:42

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Be proud of what a lazy, limpet, sponger, glorified geisha of a daughter in law? Something tewlls me Diana would not have admired that kind of behavior. If Diana were still here Waity wouldn't be.

- ashley, us, 31/5/2012 01:35

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"Re: Charlene, Titworth>>>Oh please, did you really think William would've missed out on inviting Camilla to see him sign the wedding register? Get real! No way would he would have left her behind in the church (especially with a tv audience watching), Camilla is his father's wife and she rightfully accompanied her husband to witness William signing the register. Regardless of how William felt about it, there wasn't a thing he could do about it, nor did it have anything to do with pleasing his father as you put it. Charles and Camilla were going to witness the signing regardless, but it doesn't mean that William accepts Camilla "whole heartedly. Get a grip!- Me, somewhere in the world, 30/5/2012 13:50 ~~~~~ Camilla did not "accompany her husband" to the signing of the register, she was invited to BE A WITNESS - that is, to SIGN the register as a LEGAL WITNESS to the event - a significant honour in William's gift. Aquaint yourself with the facts of the matter before commenting.

- Charlene, Oxon., 31/5/2012 01:12

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- CHRIS, HULL, 30/5/2012 22:55

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Lots of people lose their Mum who are far less fortunate than you Wills. Get over it.

- Mr Blixx, Manchester, 30/5/2012 22:36

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this gold digger and her vulure family would jot have been let within 100 feet of william if his mother had been here, diana would not have liked this creature at all

- ajb, london, 30/5/2012 22:10

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@No longer shocked but now amused, USA>>>>>The only trolls out there are people like yourself who have nothing better to do than attack the comments of those you don't agree with. Grow up! Nothing you say is going to change the opinions, thoughts, viewpoints, etc...of what Kate Evans thinks or anyone else thinks regarding Kate Middleton. Not everyone is impressed, likes, admires or bows and scrapes when it comes Kate, the Middleton family and/or the royals. I find it laughable, pathetic and mind boggling that people like you think your views are the only ones worthwhile , believe me people are capable of making an informed decision and it doesn't have to be a sycophantic one. At least Kate Evans makes her point and doesn't keep jumping back on the board repeatedly to have a go @ others who disagree with her. You and the other trolls should follow her know what she thinks so why waste your time berating her, so childish and unnecessary in my opinion.

- Grace, Just My Opinion, 30/5/2012 21:06

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Why is it that 'mailonline' does not like comments about the royal family. Are you all royalists or what.

- Neil Hague, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire West., 30/5/2012 20:59

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William is a gentleman... Diana would be so proud of both her sons...

- Get up the Yard, Ireland, 30/5/2012 20:50

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