In Our Queen, a new book to be released next month, here is an amusing anecdote Prince William reveals to the author Robert Hardman about how his grandmother came to the rescue when it came to their Royal Wedding guestlist:
"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.
They [Buckingham Palace reps] said: 'These are the people we should invite.' I looked at it in absolute horror and said: 'I think we should start again.' I rang up [my grandmother] 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. She made the point that there are certain times when you have to strike the right balance. And it's advice like that, which is really key, when you know that she's seen and done it before."
For more on Prince William's amazing relationship with his grandmother, pick up Our Queen.
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