Police blacked out talk of Jimmy Savile’s Princess pal

Jonathan Cook — Daily Star Feb 2, 2014

Saviles connections: Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra. Click to enlarge

Last January an internal police report revealed how the paedophile told them in 2009 that the “first time” he went to the school was “with Princess Alexandria (sic) for a garden party”.

But when the interview transcripts were released in October there was no mention of the royal.

Now, following an appeal by us to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Surrey Police have released fresh transcripts revealing at least four mentions.

They show how Savile considered Princess “Alex” a “friend” when he first visited an approved school where he abused girls.

According to the new scripts Savile, then 82, told the two female detectives: “…right I went there, with Princess Alexandra, and Alex was a friend of mine anyway, still is.”

He went on to say: “Now that was a great day we all had, the first time I ever went there.”

The ex-Top Of The Pops presenter went on to claim his visits to Duncroft school in Staines, Surrey, became what he called “an annual”.

In the heavily blacked out text he is shown to have made at least two further references to Alexandra – the youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

After the mentions, one of the two female detectives questioning Savile over three alleged sex assaults, two related to Duncroft, asked: “Do you remember what year that was?” The former radio DJ, who denied all the claims against him, later claimed “it would be the seventies”.

One of the detectives made reference to the now 77-year-old princess, the widow of Sir Angus Ogilvy, when checking what Savile had said.

However it seems that after the interview on October 1, 2009, police failed to cross-check the mentions against Savile’s autobiographies.

Documents show that in January 2009 a prosecutor requested that all Savile’s books be read “to see if there was any mention of an association with Duncroft”.s

An internal Surrey Police report on the force’s bungled “Operation Ornament” probe into Savile says: “This was duly done but there were no references identified that were of any connection to the investigation.”

Jimmy Savile photographed with a younger Tony Blair. Click to enlarge

But if, after Savile’s interview, police had re-read the books to look for mentions of the princess they would have found suggestions he had preyed on vulnerable girls.

In his 1974 life story Savile wrote: “Princess Alex is a patron of a hostel for girls in care. At this place I’m a cross between a term-time boyfriend and a fixer of special trips out.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment last week.

Last night Surrey Police said: “Information relating to Surrey Police’s on-going investigation into Duncroft School and all personal details of victims or potential witnesses were redacted from the transcripts.

“Following a review by the Information Commissioner’s Office, some of the redactions have been shortened or revised.

“This included releasing the name of Princess Alexandra. Her name had been previously published by Surrey Police in a report in January last year and was therefore already in the public domain.

“Savile’s biographies were reviewed in 2009 as part of the investigation, as stated in our previous published report.”