Prince’s legal team was provided with a witness statement format but responded with letter

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse against the former bishop Peter Ball, an associate of the Prince of Wales, engaged in protracted exchanges with the prince’s solicitors about his written submission, the inquiry has been told. A five-day hearing this week is scrutinising the church’s response to claims of sexual abuse against Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester, who was jailed in 2015.

Fiona Scolding QC, senior counsel to the inquiry, said its officials had “made clear on a number of occasions that what was required from Prince Charles was a witness statement bearing a statement of truth”.

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