Prince Charles furious that sex offender allowed on Royal barge
THE Prince of Wales is said to be furious that a convicted sex offender was allowed on the Royal barge during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Harbinder Singh Rana, 52, was invited as a guest of the Prince of Wales through his work for the Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail, which promotes the Sikh community in Britain.
But it later emerged that he was jailed for four years after he was found guilty of assaulting women in their homes while posing as a doctor
The prince is said to be angry that security staff failed on five occasions to alert him about the charity worker's criminal convictions – including five counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of assault and one of attempted assault, the Daily Mirror revealed.
A Palace source told the newspaper: "Charles is livid at not being warned."
Rana was banished from all future royal events.
"Understandably, Charles is extremely angry that he has been put in a position where he has had close contact with a convicted sex offender on more than a few occasions," an insider said.
"He is determined to know how such a situation could have arisen. There is no question that had he known about Rana's criminal record, he would never have been invited on the Royal Barge.
"But he also wants to know why this information has not been made available to him in the past as he has met Rana at least five times since 1999.
"One thing is certain – this man will not be on Charles's guest lists from now on."
The former consultant, who has also served on the Inner Cities Religious Council as an adviser to the Government, told the Daily Mirror he had not "had to tell anybody" of his criminal record and was not asked during the vetting process.
Scotland Yard insisted Rana was vetted and allowed to celebrate with the Queen because he did not pose a threat to the Royal Family.
A Met police spokesman said: "The purpose of the security check is to assess the threat to members of the Royal Family and other protected persons."
An official palace spokesman said: "The office of Prince Charles was unaware of this man's previous convictions."
During his trial in 1986, a jury heard how Rana tricked his way into his victims' homes by posing as a doctor before subjecting them to internal examinations – even giving some of them injections.
He was sentenced to four years in prison despite pleading his innocence.
Rana, of Walsall, West Midlands, told the Mirror he was sent an invite to be a guest aboard the Barge by Prince Charles's office around three weeks ago.
He said he had met Charles a number of times through his work for the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail – a group that promotes the Sikh community in Britain.