Queen told William to 'get rid of' Royal Wedding guest list

The Queen gave Prince William advice ahead of his wedding to Catherine Middleton Credit: Reuters

The Duke of Cambridge has said that his grandmother the Queen told him to tear up the official guest list for his wedding to Catherine Middleton.

He said that when he was handed a list of almost 800 names - none of which he or Catherine knew - the Queen told him to start again with their friends.

The prince also revealed that the noise from the huge crowds out on the Mall together with his nerves meant that he had just half an hours sleep before his wedding.

Alan Titchmarsh interviewed William for an ITV1 documentary about his grandmother called Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother.

In an extract published in the Radio Times, William said:

The young royal also admitted that the Queen would be a hard act to follow, she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee later this year.

The Queen visited the Chelsea Flower Show in London as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire

Titchmarsh, who spoke to several members of the royal family for the documentary, said William will have to wait to become king.