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Prince Charles had ‘misguided’ friendship with abuser Bishop Peter Ball – The Times

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Prince Charles had ‘misguided’ friendship with abuser Bishop Peter Ball – The Times
Bishop Peter Ball, 87, was jailed in 2015 after admitting a string of offences against young men who came to him for spiritual guidanceJohn Stillwell/Press Association Archive

The Prince of Wales was misguided in using his position and influence to support a sex offender bishop, a report said yesterday.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) also questioned Prince Charles’s evidence about his friendship with Bishop Peter Ball.

Such criticism of a senior royal by a public inquiry is unprecedented.

The prince remained close to Ball for 20 years after the former Bishop of Gloucester was cautioned by police in 1993 for a sex offence against a novice monk who had been repeatedly abused and later took his own life.

The caution was part of a secretive deal that allowed Ball, who had powerful friends in public life, to escape prosecution in return for resigning his ministry. The detective who investigated…

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