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Netflix Documentary Uncovers Letters Between Prince Charles and Disgraced BBC Presenter Jimmy Savile, Prompting Examination


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Jimmy Savile was publicly exposed as a pedophile after his death in 2011. He was 84 when he died.

A new Netflix documentary titled Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story uncovered letters between Savile and Prince Charles, which are now being examined.

Various online reports suggest ‘Savile appeared to take on a role as an unofficial advisor to Prince Charles.’

The filmmakers obtained letters between the two that were dated between 1986 and 2006 which showed the prince sought advice from the radio and TV personality. There is no indication that Charles, now 73 knew about Savile’s crimes, which were not made public until sometime later.

450 people came forward after Sevile’s death, alleging abuse perpetrated by Savile. It was revealed through an inquiry that he mainly abused children and younger people.

Clarence House has declined comment.

In one of the letters, dated Jan 14th, 1987, Charles writes, “Perhaps I am wrong, but you are the bloke who knows what’s going on. What I really need is a list of suggestions from you. I so want to get to parts of the country that others don’t reach.”

Charles also sought guidance and advice on how to deal with specific incidents like when Prince Andrew made insensitive comments about a terrorist plane bombing which killed everyone on board as well as 11 people on the ground (the 1988 Lockerbie disaster). Prince Andrew’s statement in reference was, “I suppose statistically something like this has got to happen at some stage… of course, it only affects the community in a very small way.”

The documentary’s director Rowan Deacon reportedly said, “it reignited a discussion about how the royal family should respond to disasters.”

Jimmy Savile wrote an in-depth dossier outlining advice on how the royal family should not be in competition with each other, and how the Queen should behave. Guidelines which included hiring “a special person with considerable experience in such matters” as well as “an incident room with several independent phone lines, teletext, etc.”

The implied belief from the exchange is that Charles took the advice from Sevile seriously.

In a 1989 letter to Sevile, Prince Charles wrote, “I attach a copy of my memo on disasters which incorporates your points and which I showed to my father. He showed it to HM [Her Majesty].”

In a December 1989 note, Prince Charles also asked Savile to meet with Prince Andrew’s now ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

“I wonder if you would ever be prepared to meet my sister-in-law – the Duchess of York? Can’t help feeling that it would be extremely useful to her if you could. I feel she could do with some of your straightforward common sense!” he wrote.

Police inquiries never progressed after his death when his victims came forward several times. The Times suggested that an anonymous letter was sent to police in 1998 saying that Savile “thinks he’s untouchable because of the people he mixes with.” One person on that list was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who was successful when she lobbied for him to be knighted in 1990 for his charity fundraising efforts.

According to The Times UK, the late BBC presenter wrote a media relations handbook for Prince Charles (heir to the British throne) and later some advice was shown to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Savile, who was best known as the host of the BBC’s “Top Of The Pops” weekly television pop music show which was launched in 1964 and presented its final edition in 2006, never married and guarded his personal life quite boldly. His reluctance to share personal details sparked curiosity.

He lived in northern England, in Leeds, and he lived alone. Part of his home was a shrine to his dead mother.

The documentary made note that investigations by Scottland Yard as well as independent investigations since Sevile’s death uncovered that the predatory sex offender abused hundreds of people. Some as young as five years old.

In 2013, a transcript was released by British police in which Sevile vehemently denied allegations of sexual abuse, claiming that his accusers were after money. Savile’s allegedly stated that he had no need to chase girls or take liberties with them because, as a host of popular TV shows, “what you don’t do is assault women, they assault you.”

Rowan Deacon said, “He was duped like we all were. The letters show the trust that Prince Charles put into Jimmy Savile. He was trying to appeal to the British people, trying to modernise. And he saw Jimmy Savile as his conduit to that. In hindsight, that was catastrophic.”




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