A CHRISTMAS CARD FROM CHARLES III TO JIMMY SAVILE
CHARLES III (b. 1948) King of Great Britain, former husband of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, father of William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex. A now quite embarrassing D.S., 4pp. 12 x 8 in., a Christmas card ca. 2000. The 4 x 5.5 in. photo within shows Prince Charles with Princes Harry and William standing behind him, Harry's arm about his father's chest. At left is a Christmas greeting, above which the future king has written: 'Jimmy -' and beneath which he boldly signs: 'Charles'. The front of the card bears a gilt depiction of the seal of the Prince of Wales. The verso of the card bears an auction sticker: 'Dreweatt's Bloomsbury SIR JIMMY SAVILE KCSG LID 30th July 2012'. A few unobtrusive surface creases, else fine. With a 6 x 9 in. photo of Savile. JIMMY SAVILE (1926-2011) was an English DJ, television and radio personality who hosted BBC shows including Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It. He was well known in the United Kingdom for his eccentric image and was generally respected for his charitable work. A year after his death, in June, 2012, Dreweatt's held an auction of hundreds of lots of Savile's 'treasures', including this card, with the proceeds going to charity. Only a few months later, hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse made against him were investigated, leading the police to conclude that he had been a predatory sex offender and possibly one of Britain's most prolific. There had been allegations during his lifetime, which Charles and his staff must certainly have been aware of, but these claims were dismissed and accusers ignored or disbelieved. Savile took legal action against some accusers. Investigators now believe Savile preyed on about 500 vulnerable victims as young as two years old at institutions including the BBC's broadcasting studios, 14 hospitals and 20 children's hospitals across England.