As the abuse scandal surrounding Jimmy Savile focuses on the high profile connections and relationships the former presenter enjoyed, it was the turn of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s former royal press officer, Dickie Arbiter, to speak out and describe how Savile targeted young women wearing short sleeves during visits to the royal couple.
Arbiter, speaking to the Guardian newspaper, said Savile "would seize young secretaries by the arm and then run his lips up to their shoulder." "If it was summer his bottom lip would curl out and he would run it up their arms. This was at St James' Palace." He added that Savile’s behaviour was 'a cause for concern.'
Reports of Savile's unusual behaviour in royal circles came as details emerged of a surprise role for him as a counsellor for Prince Charles and Princess Diana during martial difficulties and a request from Prince Charles to help with the image of Sarah Ferguson.
The intimate access Savile enjoyed to the royal inner circle puzzled some. He gave his own explanation of it during an interview, saying: "Royalty get surrounded by people who don't know how to deal with it. I think I get invited because I have a natural good fun way of getting on and we have a laugh. They don't get too many laughs." So far there has been no response from Prince Charles office on this latest story.
Written and presented by Ann Salter.