Charles Windsor, the English heir apparent, gives the impression of enjoying his privacy, being very selective about who he spends time with and not suffering fools gladly.
Which makes his close relationship with 'creepy' Jimmy Savile rather strange.
The Independent has reported that Prince Charles had been friendly with Savile for a long time, and even sent him a Christmas card signed 'with affectionate greetings from Charles', after staying at Savile's house in Scotland.
According to the article, Charles is also supposed to have sent Savile (now described as perhaps the most prolific sex offender in history) cigars and a pair of gold cuff-links for his eightieth birthday.
The note accompanying the gifts is extraordinary. It said: "Nobody will ever know what you have done for this country Jimmy. This is to go some way in thanking you for that".
What on earth can Savile have done that was so secret that 'Nobody will ever know'? It clearly was not charitable work, because Savile would publicise that for all he was worth. And the gold cuff-links were just a part payment (only 'going some way') for whatever he had done. Was 'Nobody will ever know' simply an observation or a promise?
Savile seems to have shared a predilection for young girls with Charle's brother Prince Andrew and his friends. It would be interesting to know how well they knew each other.
It is becoming clear that many senior people in Britain have known about Savile for years. Yet time and again investigations were dropped. Almost as if he had protection at a high level in society - perhaps in payment for whatever the note referred to?
In a constitutional monarchy it is clearly incumbent upon Charles to explain exactly what Savile has done for Britain that should remain a secret.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 12:28:08 AM