Prince William opens up about the day he lost his mother

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Photo credit: WPA Pool
Photo credit: WPA Pool

Earlier this week, both Prince William and Prince Harry criticised the BBC over Martin Bashir's now infamous 1995 Panorama interview with their mother Diana, after an independent inquiry found that "deceitful behaviour" had been used to encourage the late Princess of Wales to agree to the broadcast.

And on Saturday (22nd May), the Duke of Cambridge once again mentioned his late mother as he visited the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to fulfil a new role as Lord High Commissioner, as appointed by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Discussing his memories of Scotland, the duke said: "In short, Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories, but also, my saddest."

Photo credit: Pool
Photo credit: Pool

Going on to explain that he was visiting Balmoral, the queen's Scottish castle, when he learned that Diana had died in a Paris car crash. At the time of her death, William was 15 and Harry was 12.

He also revealed what it was like, the day he found out about the tragedy, and what happened in the days that followed:

"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."

Luckily, for this particular visit, Prince William had wife Kate Middleton beside, and the pairs trip includes stops to Edinburgh, Fife and Orkney to thank essential workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And the duke ended his speech by paying tribute to the Duchess of Cambridge. saying: "alongside this painful memory is one of great joy because it was here in Scotland 20 years ago this year that I first met Catherine. Needless to say, the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart."

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