Church-related goings on don’t crop up very often in the royal world. Corgi-related news? Roiling global scandals? Emotional TV tell-alls? Yes, yes and yes. But anything with the whiff of the doctrinal? Not so much.
But then, things have not been normal or usual for the House of Windsor for a very long time now, which is why Prince William’s speech to the Church of Scotland over the weekend is particularly eyebrow raising.
See, the future king and lifelong sensible jumper proponent William is north of the border right now, having headed to Scotland on Friday, UK time, to assume his role as Lord High Commissioner of the church’s General Assembly in Edinburgh. His appointment to represent Her Majesty this year, which has formerly been held by Prince Edward and Princess Anne, is a red letter day as he wends his way towards the throne. (He was first appointed last year but COVID got in the way.)
Addressing the general assembly, William delivered a touching speech, saying that the country held both his happiest and saddest memories. He told the audience that the countryside had provided “comfort and solace” for him during the “dark days of grief” after finding out about his mother’s death while at the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral.
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There were decidedly joyful memories there for him too, saying the country held memories “of great joy” because “the town where you met your future wife holds a very special place…