Transcripts from Surrey Police report were released with 96 redactions
- They had reportedly been sent to Buckingham Palace for ‘vetting’
- Savile often boasted of his Royal connections and friendship with Charles
- Surrey police said only ‘personal information’ was removed
PUBLISHED: 09:58 EST, 20 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:37 EST, 20 October 2013
Police have censored a 2009 interview with Jimmy Savile by redacting all mentions of the royal family, it has been claimed.
Transcripts from the Surrey Police report were released last week with 96 lines blacked out.
But according to the Daily Star Sunday, they had first gone to Buckingham Palace to vet, as they were ‘mentioned’ in the documents.
It was only revealed after an information officer working for the force ‘let slip’ that they had been sent to the palace.
It took seven months for the papers to be released.
In an internal report released in January, Savile referenced the cousin of the Queen – but in the documents released on Tuesday there was no mention of her.
Other mentions of royalty looked to have been erased also.
Savile often boasted of his Royal connections, claiming to have had a close friendship with Prince Charles and Diana, and to have helped Fergie through her marriage break up.
Savile was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 1972, and then a knighthood in 1990.
He wrote in his 1974 autobiography of his friendship with the same cousin of the Queen he mentioned in the 2009 police interview.