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William: Queen let us plan wedding, up to point

In a candid interview with a British journalist, Prince William paints a portrait of a very personal relationship with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

The interview is part of a forthcoming book, "Our Queen," by Robert Hardman, of Britain's Daily Mail. The newspaper is running excerpts.

To the world, observes CBS News Correspondent Charles D'Agata, Queen Elizabeth II is a global leader whose reign spans that of 12 British prime ministers, 12 American presidents and six popes.

But in the interview, William calls her "my incredible grandma."

Special section: The Royal Wedding

He recalled the time royal advisers handed him his wedding guest list.

"I was given this official list of 777 names - dignitaries, governors, all sorts of people -- and not one person I knew," he told Hardman.

William said he looked at it in horror and said there was only one person he could go to: the boss.

He told Hardman, "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.

Not to say she doesn't pull rank on the prince, too.

As an officer in a multitude of service branches, he had a choice of which military uniform to wear at the wedding.

Except he didn't. The Queen insisted he wed in his Irish Guards uniform -- one of her own regiments.

"You don't always get what you want, put it that way," William told Hardman, "So you just do as you're told!"

William says he's in no rush to think about his future and growing role within the Royal Family, let alone the idea that he will one day wear the crown.

He says he tries desperately hard not to think about it as he's flying his Royal Air Force helicopter, and he's reportedly interested in extending his duty with the Royal Air Force after 2013, when he's due to leave.

CBS News contacted Buckingham Palace Monday about whether, in fact, William has told the Queen he wants to put off his full-time royal duties for now. A spokesman said that's one option, but it's a decision that will be made by William -- and his grandmother -- when the time comes.

On "The Early Show," CBS News royal contributor Victoria Arbiter have her take on the revelations in the book: