Prince Charles to State Ignorance of Abusive Sussex Bishop’s Actions
Prince Charles was last month asked to give a statement at an inquest into the actions of a disgraced ex-Sussex and Gloucester bishop. Peter Ball was known to be an acquaintance of Prince Charles, exchanging several letters when Ball was the bishop for Charles’ Diocese in Gloucester.
Ball manipulated his position and powerful connections to commit a serious of abuses against 18 teenagers and men throughout the 1970’s to 1990’s.
Charles will give a written statement, which will be read next week at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The inquiry will focus on Ball’s acts, for which he received a 32-month sentence in 2015, before his release after serving just 16 months.
The investigation will focus on whether or not those with influence intervened in Ball’s case to aid him. It is believed from Ball’s court case that a member of the royal family gave him support as he initially avoided charges in 1993.
Reviews since the revelations of Ball’s crimes have revealed that he used his connections to climb the church hierarchy and that senior church figures colluded with him.
A Clarence House Spokesman has, however, expressed that reviews into Charles’ correspondence with Ball “found no evidence that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the Royal Family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball.”
Charles also “indicated that he was happy to volunteer context on his contact with Mr Ball if that would help.” He claims to have had no idea about Ball’s actions until his crimes were made public.