Prince William's Wedding Night: 'I Slept For About Half An Hour'

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Just because you're royalty doesn't mean you'll always sleep like a king -- particularly when you're getting married in front of the world the next day.

"[The crowds] were singing and cheering all night long, so the excitement of that, the nervousness of me and everyone singing -- I slept for about half an hour," Prince William reveals in an upcoming documentary about his grandmother for ITV1, entitled Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother.

As People magazine reported, his mother Diana experienced the same problem before her wedding day, as noted in her biography by Andrew Morton, "They put me in a bedroom overlooking the Mall, which meant I didn't get any sleep."

While movies and books might attribute this lack of sleep to cold feet and potential regrets, in the real world, it seems that most brides and grooms run into difficulty snoozing the night before their nuptials. Twenty per cent of readers at WeddingBee.com reported less than five hours sleep, while many sleep specialists call out weddings specifically for their sleep-disrupting qualities.

Prince William's interview with UK journalist Alan Titchmarsh also revealed the original guest list for the wedding included 777 people neither he nor Kate knew, reports The Daily Mail -- and when William expressed his concern to the Queen, she instructed him to rip it up and start over again with his friends.

SEE: Images from the royal wedding:

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  • Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds hands with Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes

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  • Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton with pageboys and bridemaids arrive

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  • Philippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton and Maid of Honour arrives with the bridemaids and page boys

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  • Catherine arrives

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  • Prince William (centre) and his best man Prince Harry (left) are greeted by Receiver General Stephen Lamport (right)

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  • Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Westminster Abbey followed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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  • Prince William sings beside his bride Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton

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  • Prince William sings beside his bride Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton

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  • Prince William stands beside his bride Catherine Middleton as her father Michael Middleton helps her with her veil

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  • Prince William exchanges rings with his bride Catherine Middleton

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  • Prince William and Catherine Middleton during their wedding service

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  • Prince Charles and Camilla

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  • Prince Harry

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  • Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

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  • The Middletons

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  • Pippa Middleton and Margarita Armstrong-Jones

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  • Driving away from Buckingham Palace

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