“You don”t mess with your grandmother”: Princes William and Harry sit down for a rare interview about the Queen with Katie Couric

In a rare interview, the two princes sat down with Katie Couric as a part of the lead up to Queen Elizabeth”s Diamond Jubilee.

A preview clip of the television special shows the American journalist meeting with Prince William and Prince Harry, answering questions about one of the most important women in their lives.

“Behind closed doors, she”s our grandmother, it”s as simple as that” Prince Harry told Ms Couric during the interview.

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Opening up: Prince Harry spoke with Katie Couric as a part of the lead up to the Queen

Close to home: Ms Couric met with Prince William both inside and outside of Buckingham Palace

Close to home: Ms Couric met with Prince William both inside and outside of Buckingham Palace

During the interview, Ms Couric meets separately with the two princes.

Given their well-noted reluctance to talk to the media, it is clear that the subject of their grandmother is one so close to their hearts that they made an exception.

In a light-hearted moment, Prince William alludes to a moment of youthful misbehaviour.

“As I learned from growing up, you don”t mess with your grandmother,” Prince William confessed.

For her meeting with the heir to the British throne, Ms Couric got an exclusive tour of Buckingham Palace.

At one point, the pair walked the grounds of the manicured private garden.

Happy family: The interview with the princes shows their closeness with their grandmother

Happy family: The interview with the princes shows their closeness with their grandmother

Past indiscretions: Prince William made reference to an earlier incident, saying

Past indiscretions: Prince William made reference to an earlier incident, saying “As I learned from growing up, you don”t mess with your grandmother”

Full view: During the interview, they took a walk in the private gardens of the Palace

Full view: During the interview, they took a walk in the private gardens of the Palace

It struck a strong contrast to her interview with Prince Harry, which took place at an undisclosed tropical locale.

The former Today show host is seen walking around a lush property with palm trees and a pond when she is interviewing Harry.

Because of the clearly warm climate and his love of Africa, it is reasonable to wonder if the interview took place on the southern continent.

Joking around: During their time together, Ms Couric and Prince Harry goofed around striking a funny pose while touring an exotic- and unidentified- property

Joking around: During their time together, Ms Couric and Prince Harry goofed around striking a funny pose while touring an exotic- and unidentified- property

Answering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interview Answering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interview

Answering the tough questions: Prince Harry said that the Queen had not yet friended him on Facebook, and Ms Couric joked that she hoped to be friends with the Queen on the social networking site following the interview

Rare appearance: Prince Harry and his brother are very sporadic with their press access

Rare appearance: Prince Harry and his brother are very sporadic with their press access

Like the younger prince himself, their interview seemed jovial, with Katie mimicking a dance move at one point and even asking if the Queen had friended the 27-year-old royal.

“No she hasn”t. Why Has she friended you” he responded.

“Hopefully after this interview she will,” Ms Couric responded.

The Facebook page that Ms Couric was referring to is actually dedicated to the entire British Monarchy, but, unsurprisingly, the cover photo is one of the Queen herself.

Started in November 2010, the page was quick to earn hundreds of thousands of followers, and currently has 530,000 who track the updates made by the Queen”s media relations team.

Alas, because the page itself is a fan page and not an individual profile, the option of friending is not available. (Needless to say, the same goes for poking.)

Exclusive: The interview is a big

Exclusive: The interview is a big “get” for Katie Couric, who is launching a new talk show in September

Hidden passageways: A steward shows Ms Couric how to pass through a secret door in Buckingham Palace

Hidden passageways: A steward shows Ms Couric how to pass through a secret door in Buckingham Palace

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Jubilant! The Queen meets her enthusiastic public after her visit to Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley today

In her honour: The Diamond Jubilee celebrates Queen Elizabeth

The special will air just days before the formal celebration of the Queen”s 60 years in power.

Festivities have been planned throughout the country, and obviously in London, over the weekend of June 2 to June 5.

In addition to the hotly-anticipated concert at Buckingham Palace, a boat pageant on the Thames, and the Epsom Derby, the long weekend will culminate in a special mass at St. Paul”s Cathedral followed by receptions at Westminster Hall and a formal balcony appearance.

The Queen”s Golden Jubilee, celebrating her half-century in power, included a year”s worth of festivities throughout 2002.

WATCH THE PREVIEW HERE