Did Prince Charles Really Seek Advice From A Controversial Figure?

The United Kingdom's royal family is largely admired by the public across the world. For instance, according to CNN, 13 million Americans woke up bright and early to watch Prince William marry Kate MiddletonAmericans, not to mention the thousands who packed London's streets for the occasion. The fanfare over the royals stretches globally and though not everyone fancies the monarchy, they have an air of celebrity that keeps people coming back for more.

However, attitudes towards the royal family have shifted over the last few years, as scandal has rocked the monarchy. One such instance came when accusations of racism were lodged against the family during an interview between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Oprah Winfrey (via NBC News). The Duchess of Sussex revealed that royal family members conveyed "concerns" regarding her son, Archie, asking "how dark his skin might be when he's born."  

One thing is certain — whether you consider yourself to be a fan of the royal family or not — they find themselves wrapped up in controversies that have an impact on their public image. Perhaps none were bigger than the accusations made against Prince Andrew, regarding sexual assault and his long-time friendship with the disgraced pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. Now, there are accusations that his brother, Prince Charles, may have been seeking advice from yet another controversial figure.

Like his brother, Prince Charles has connections with a now disgraced member of the media

Netflix recently released a new documentary film about Jimmy Savile, titled "Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story." In the film, the truth about the British Broadcasting Network star's sexual abuse against hundreds of people was made public knowledge (via the Independent). The reports of abuse came during Savile's time at the BBC, as well as during the charity work he did in hospitals and prisons, but such allegations were not made public until after his death. Viewers of the film are having intense feelings about what was made known. One spectator said it was "the most unsettling piece of television I think I've ever seen." What was found especially upsetting was Savile's close relationship with Prince Charles.

In new letters uncovered by the documentary makers, Charles sought public relations advice from the disgraced broadcaster, per The Times. He specifically looked for advice for his former sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of the now-disgraced Prince Andrew. In the letter, Charles wrote, "I wonder if you would ever be prepared to meet my sister-in-law — the Duchess of York?" He continued, "Can't help feeling that it would be extremely useful to her if you could. I feel she could do with some of your straightforward common sense!"

While this connection is controversial, it appears that Savile's behavior was not common knowledge at the time. The accusations of abuse came forward following his death in 2011, long after Charles was corresponding with him.

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