Jimmy Savile ‘creepily’ licked Princess Diana and ‘inserted himself’ into Charles marriage
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ITV documentary Saville: Portrait of a Predator which looked into how Jimmy Savile managed to hide his decades-long career of abuse from the world aired on ITV on Thursday. The paedophile secured relationships with several high profile figures including Prince Charles but former royal correspondent Richard Kay and former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter recalled incidents where Princess Diana “recoiled” from Savile.
In the documentary, Kay discussed the closeness observed between Savile and the heir to the throne.
The former royal correspondent claimed Savile was able to involve himself with Charles and Diana’s marriage.
“He inserted himself into their marriage in the way that he was someone who made himself available. And Charles liked having him around.
“He would turn up, Diana told me, at Kensington Palace, where she lived, uninvited and would manage to persuade the police on the, on the gate, who never let anyone in without an invitation, to walk in.”
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“She said he would sort of come and say, ‘Well, I’m just here just to check up on you,’” he continued.
“And she said that Charles used to sort of quip, that if there was a problem that needed sorting out, they’ll get Jim to do it because ‘Jim’ll fix it”. I think she found it slightly unnerving.”
The royal correspondent noted Savile would “walk in and drift around Diana’s apartment”.
He would also “kiss the hands of the secretaries” and “rub his lips” up their arms.
“This is something he even carried out on Princess Diana,” added Kay.
“He licked Princess Diana’s hand and she recoiled from that. As she told me, it was something very creepy.”
Former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter echoed Kay’s sentiment.
He admitted he didn’t like the “ghastly” man from the beginning and detailed some of his “unsavoury” behaviour.
“I did voice it at the time saying it’s not really on and I did say that man is dreadful,” he said.
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“But he was pretty well established in government circles, with prime ministers of the day. And by being pretty well established, he was fairly untouchable.”
“At the time Charles was gullible. I mean, I’m saying with hindsight he was gullible. At the time he was gullible, as was everybody else.”
In 1999, Charles was photographed visiting Savile’s Glencoe cottage in the Scottish Highlands.
The Prince of Wales joined Savile for lunch at his home after an official visit to the Glencoe Mountain rescue HQ.
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Kay explained: “Savile had this place, one of his many bolt holes that he had dotted around the country.
“And Charles, paying homage to Jimmy Savile at his home in Glencoe. It was an utterly bizarre situation. “Savile had these women dressed up in waitress pinafores to serve them tea.”
There’s no suggestion that Prince Charles or his staff were aware of Saville’s offending.
Clarence House has been contacted for comment.
After his death, 214 crimes against Savile were recorded but the NSPCC puts the number of reports of sexual abuse relating to him at 500.
Saville Portrait of a Predator aired on ITV on Thursday at 9pm.
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