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Thursday, February 5, 1998 Published at 21:48 GMT



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Arthur C Clarke attends banquet for Prince Charles
image: [ Arthur C Clarke makes his way to the dinner table ]
Arthur C Clarke makes his way to the dinner table

The science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke has met Prince Charles at a banquet in Sri Lanka just days after postponing a ceremony to be invested with a knighthood because of newspaper allegations saying he was a paedophile.

The 80-year-old author - best known for writing "2001: A Space Odyssey" - met the Prince at a reception at the banquet, held in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Mr Clarke said that his silence following the recent newspaper reports might wrongly be taken as an admission of guilt.

The statement also repeated an earlier denial of the allegations.

"Having always had a particular dislike of paedophiles, few charges could be more revolting to me than to be classed as one," the statement said.

Prince Charles had been due to invest Mr Clarke with a knighthood at the author's home in Colombo on Wednesday. The British-born writer has largely been confined to a wheelchair since 1995.


[ image: Prince Charles: no time left to knight the author]
Prince Charles: no time left to knight the author
However St James's Palace agreed to postpone the ceremony at the author's request.

Mr Clarke indicated on Thursday that he wanted to go ahead with the investiture, but Buckingham Palace officials made clear that Prince Charles didn't have time to do it on the last day of his state visit to Sri Lanka.

Arthur C Clarke, who has lived in Sri Lanka since 1956, was awarded a knighthood in the New Year's honours list.


 





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