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Savile worked painstakingly on his relationship with Prince Charles, first through his charity work and then more informally. Astonishingly, he even managed to involve himself in Charles and Diana's personal affairs and defy the normal rules.
Richard Kay, former Royal Correspondent, says: "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. She said he would sort of come and say, 'well, I'm just here just to check up on you'. 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."
According to Kay, Savile would "walk in and drift around Diana's apartment", while also going into the office to kiss the hands of the secretaries, sometimes "rubbing his lips" up their arms. This is something he even carried out on Princess Diana," adds Kay. "He licked Princess Diana's hand and she recoiled from that. As she told me, it was something very creepy."
Arbiter describes some of Savile's acts as "unsavoury" and explains he didn't like the "ghastly" man from the start.
"I did voice it at the time saying it's not really on and I did say that man is dreadful," says the former Royal Press Secretary. "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."
In 1990, despite resistance from Whitehall, Savile finally got what he craved when he was given a knighthood. "It was a gi-normous relief when I got the knighthood," said Savile at the time. "Because it got me off the hook."