Prince William has just revealed how Scotland is “home” of both his happiest and saddest memories.
On Saturday, during a speech at the Opening Ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Prince William opened up about his personal connection to the country.
He said: “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.
“As I grew up I saw how my grandmother relishes every minute she spends here and my father is never happier than in walking among the hills.
“My childhood was full of holidays having fun in the fresh air, swimming in lochs, family barbecues with my grandfather in command, and yes the odd midge.”
“Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories. But also, my saddest,” William said in a speech delivered in his role as Lord High Commissioner.
“I was in Balmoral when I was told that 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.
“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.
“George, Charlotte and Louis already know how dear Scotland is to both of us and they are starting to build their own happy memories here too.”
As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.”
Prince William’s comments come two days after he released a statement after Lord Dyson’s investigation found that the methods used to obtain their late mother Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama interview in 1995 were “deceitful”.