Prince William Says ‘Saddest Memory’ of Being in Scotland Is Learning About Princess Diana’s Death

Prince William reflected on his time in Scotland, and how it reminds him of his “saddest memory.”

The Duke of Cambridge opened up about finding out about his mother Princess Diana’s death while in the country, while speaking with the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Saturday during his royal tour.

“Scotland is incredibly important to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been coming to Scotland since I was a small boy,” he said in video shared by the BBC. “As I grew up, I saw how my grandmother relishes every minute she spends here. And my father is never happier than when walking among the hills.”

“Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories. But also, my saddest,” William, 38, continued. “I was at Balmoral [Castle] when I was told my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning. And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors. As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.”

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