Friendship with Prince Charles made paedophile bishop Peter Ball ‘impregnable’

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Friendship with Prince Charles made paedophile bishop Peter Ball ‘impregnable’

BBC2 documentary shows how establishment figures rallied round cleric

The disgraced paedophile bishop Peter Ball made himself apparently “impregnable” by cultivating friendships with Prince Charles and other senior establishment figures who later rushed to support him when he was accused of sexual abuse, according to a BBC documentary.

Ball, the former bishop of both Lewes and Gloucester who died last year, boasted of his role as “counsellor to royalty”, Cliff James, one of his victims, says in the programme. He cultivated friendships with Margaret Thatcher, peers of the realm, senior judges and headmasters of leading public schools.

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