Prince William reveals 'dark days of grief' after Diana's death in Scotland speech after bombshell BBC Bashir report

PRINCE William has told of his “dark days of grief” when his mum died as he reels from the bombshell report into how Martin Bashir conned Diana.

The Duke of Cambridge, who was speaking today in Edinburgh, said he loved Scotland but remembered how he had been at Balmoral when he heard of the death of his mother in 1997.

William, who spoke at the Opening Ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, also hailed memories of meeting his future wife Kate at St Andrew's University ten years ago.

The royal, who was greeted by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, said: "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. 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. And yet alongside this painful memory, is one of great joy.

“Because it was here in Scotland – twenty 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."

This comes after William blasted the "livid and false" claims BBC journalist Bashir made to interview Diana in 1995.

The Duke said the lies about the Royal Family “played on her fears and fuelled paranoia”.

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