Charles seeks advice from Jimmy Savile: "You are the bloke who knows what is going on, & who does what"
ALS signed “Charles,” two pages both sides, 5 x 8, Sandringham letterhead, January 14, 1987. Handwritten letter to BBC personality Jimmy Savile, in part: "Thinking about things down here in the snow drifts, it occurred to me that I could probably do a great deal of good—and be more helpful—by spending more time finding ways of encouraging those people, or groups etc., who really need encouraging & recognizing. I feel that there must be lots more people—like the 'carers' you suggested I see at K.P.—who could be encouraged & visited in various parts of the country? Perhaps I am wrong, but you are the bloke who knows what is going on, & who does what, & doesn't get much recognition for it. What I really need is a list of suggestions from you...What do you think?" In very fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Charles's own hand.
Sir Jimmy Savile was a British television presenter and charity fundraiser who was posthumously revealed to have allegedly sexually abused hundreds of people, including children, over a period of several decades. He also notably held a relationship with Prince Charles, one formed over their shared interest in charity events. It’s purported that Savile acted as an unofficial adviser to Prince Charles, who sought his advice on a number of occasions on how the royal family ought to interact with the public and media. In 2012, following the revelations about Savile's alleged abuse, Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles, issued a statement saying that the Prince of Wales had ‘no knowledge’ of Savile's wrongdoing and had not been in contact with him since 1999. In spite of these allegations, Savile was praised in obituaries for his personal qualities and his work raising an estimated £40 million for charities.
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