At the height of his fame, the later TV presenter and DJ Sir Jimmy Savile was of course the darling of society, given that he was seemingly a benevolent, tireless supporter of charity who raised millions…
But of course, that perception has now been tarnished amid hundreds of allegations that he was a predatory paedophile who used his fame to cover up his sexual proclivities.
And in today’s Daily Star, a Buckingham Palace insider has claimed that Prince Charles – who spent a good deal of time with Savile during the seventies and eighties at various charitable functions – is furious that he was never informed about suspicions that Savile was a pervert who preyed on children.
The paper adds, “Former royal aide Dickie Arbiter revealed Savile would ‘curl out’ his bottom lip and ‘run it up’ the bare arms of young women in the palace typing pool.”
Arbiter, who’s now 72, was in charge of media relations for the Queen between 1988 and 2000. He told the paper that Savile visited Prince Charles’s official London residence St James’s Palace “several times” and he reportedly acted as an “unofficial marriage counselor” between Prince Charles and his late wife, Diana, Princess Of Wales.
A palace insider said of the claims that several people were well aware of Savile’s alleged abuse of children, “The Palace have been on to the security services to see why they were not told,” said the aide.
“The Queen, Philip, Charles and others want to know why no-one picked up a phone to tell them a child abuser was being allowed in to royal homes and meeting with senior royals and their families…
“As Savile had such regular access they are also bracing themselves that some royal household employee could come forward saying they were abused by him and they will be brought into the mess too.”
The insider continued, “When Diana was separated from Charles, and living with William and Harry, Savile virtually had an open door.
“All that time the police knew about his proclivities.
“The Palace have been on to the security and intelligence people who say it’s nothing to do with us, it’s the police.
“But they have people living with the royals night and day so it’s their incompetence.
“Someone should have picked up the phone.’’
Mr Arbiter added, “He would walk into the office and do the rounds of the young ladies taking their hands and rubbing his lips all the way up their arms if they were wearing short sleeves.
“I looked at him as a court jester and told him so.”
There is apparently no suggestion that Savile committed any crimes on royal premises.
A spokesman for the Prince of Wales said, “We have no record of anyone making a complaint.
“The prince first met Savile through their shared interest in supporting disability charities and it was primarily because of this connection that they maintained a relationship in the years that followed.”
The police inquiry into allegations against Savile continues. Here’s a recent news report about Savile’s involvement with the palace…