• Prince William said learning about his mom Princess Diana's death in Scotland was his "saddest" memory
  • He revealed that the country also gave him one of his greatest joys, which was meeting his wife Kate Middleton
  • The future king added that his connection to Scotland "will forever run deep"

Prince William has opened up about how special Scotland is to him and recalled receiving some of the most devastating news of his life in the country.

While speaking at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Saturday, the Duke of Cambridge reminisced over his childhood memories in Scotland, which he said was important to many members of the royal family.

"Along with listening this week, there is something I do want to tell you. 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," Prince William was quoted by Page Six as saying. "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."

Prince William also recalled learning about his mother Princess Diana's death while vacationing in Balmoral, describing it as his "saddest" memory.

"In short, Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories. But also, my saddest. I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died," he shared

"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," he recalled.

But the future king said he will forever be grateful that Scotland brought him and his now-wife, Kate Middleton, together.

"And yet 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," he added.

This week, Prince William and Prince Harry received letters of apology from the BBC after an independent investigation found that journalist Martin Bashir used forgery and deceit to land his bombshell 1995 "Panorama" interview with Princess Diana.

In his statement following the release of the report, Prince William slammed the BBC for its role in the death of Princess Diana, whose life he said was damaged by the interview.

The broadcaster "made lurid and false claims about the Royal Family which played on her fears and fueled paranoia," Prince William said in a video statement.

He also alleged that the interview contributed "to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others."

"It is my firm view that this Panorama program holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialized by the BBC and others," he added.

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