Papers warned over Prince Harry nude pics

2012-08-23 07:24
London - The British royal family on Wednesday warned the country's newspapers not to publish nude photographs of Prince Harry cavorting with friends on holiday in Las Vegas.

The photographs, published in the United States by celebrity news website, showed the third-in-line to the throne naked in a hotel suite.

In one of the two photographs, the 27-year-old is pictured, apparently wearing only a watch and a necklace, covering his genitals with his hands while another person, who also appears to be nude, stands close behind him.

In the other, he is bent over bear-hugging a second person, who also appears to be naked.

Clarence House confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that the images were genuine. "At this time we don't have a comment," a spokesperson told AFP, adding: "We may do later."

Rare confirmation

It is rare for Clarence House to confirm the validity of such images, which raise questions about security surrounding the British royal.

A royal spokesperson later confirmed the family had contacted the Press Complaints Commission to request that British newspapers did not print the images, arguing it would be a breach of privacy.

The two images were taken at a private suite in the Wynn Resort after a game of strip billiards last weekend, according to TMZ.

Newspapers on Thursday adhered to the palace's request, although The Sun's front-page carried a mock-up of the infamous photograph with a journalist taking Harry's role next to the headline "Harry grabs the crown jewels".

The Mirror had "Harry naked romp" splashed across its front page while the Daily Mail ran with "Palace fury at Harry naked photos" as its main headline.

'Harry letting off steam'

A royal source told the UK's Press Association news agency that Harry had been "letting off steam before the next phase of his military career".

Video has also been released from the same trip that purports to show the prince racing US Olympic swimming gold medallist Ryan Lochte in the pool of a nightclub in the hotel.

Lochte, who was in Las Vegas belatedly celebrating his 28th birthday, told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper that he was "surprised" Harry had challenged him to the race, which the swimming star won.

"He's a great guy, and it was a huge honour to meet him," Lochte was quoted as saying, adding: "I definitely wasn't going to take it easy on him!"

It is not the first time Harry has taken on one of the world's top sportsmen - during a Caribbean tour in March, he managed to beat the world's fastest man Usain Bolt in a joke race. See the photos from the race here.

Harry was in Las Vegas after hosting a charity event in San Diego.

Former scandals

Known for his playboy reputation, the prince has tried to distance himself from that lifestyle.

He caused outrage in 2005 when photographs of him attending a fancy-dress party wearing a swastika armband appeared in the press, and was forced to apologise in 2009 when video footage emerged of him calling an Asian colleague "our little Paki friend".

The prince has also been pictured scuffling with a photographer and admitted to drinking under-age and smoking cannabis aged 17, but has recently presented a more grown-up image and stood in for the queen at the Olympics closing ceremony.

A trained army helicopter pilot, he has expressed a strong interest in returning to serve in Afghanistan. His first stint there had to be cut short in 2008 when a media blackout was breached.

It is not the first time British royalty has been embarrassed by leaked photographs with a topless picture of the Countess of Wessex, taken before she married Prince Edward, hitting the papers in 1999.

Sarah, Duchess of York, was also pictured having her feet kissed by US businessman John Bryan shortly after separating from her husband, the Duke of York.


  • christo.stone - 2012-08-23 07:34

    With friends like that, who needs enemies? Someone had to sell those pictures...

  • patrick.digiacomo.3 - 2012-08-23 07:46

    Oh for god's sake, LEAVE HARRY ALONE! He's young, hung, and having fun.... go mind your own business, you hypocritical Brit rags!

  • bergie.sean - 2012-08-23 08:20

    "Breach of privacy"? Its all over the net already. Do they think keeping it out the papers wil hush it up?

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-08-23 08:54

    Hehe... you did the crime... now do the time! Have to laugh at how the royal family believe they can censor the media. The stories already out and millions have seen the pics online. Guess the queen doesn't know about the internet! Wonder how much money was paid for those piccies? Millions!

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-23 10:20

    Sure - and nobody in the "kingdom" has Internet to see the pics. LOL

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-08-23 12:08

      haha true. Maybe they are just scared that the poms will get arc eyes from his white ass in printed media.

  • docnoo.boddy - 2012-08-23 11:33

    Was just reading this morning about Thais that have been sentenced to jail and are treated worse than common criminals for daring to make defamatory statements against the royal family. And just before I could console myself with a platitude that it is the practice of a backward nation, I read this article. The supposed beacons for free speech are warning its purveyors (newspapers) to censor themselves. Growing up in South Africa I always wanted to live in America or Britain, but both nations are so determined to go back to the middle ages that I appreciate South Africa warts and all more and more every day. Not that freedom of speech is any better protected here, but then again we have never really had it, so the struggle is a new one for us, whereas these nations had it and are now tossing it aside like a used dishrag.

  • - 2012-08-23 12:32

    Who actually cares!!!!

  • oliviaj.bell.5 - 2012-08-23 15:13

    These people are also just human. Royal blood line or not. let them be

  • smog7 - 2012-08-23 19:49

    From the USA across the seas to the UK societies elites yet again prove to be condescending and blatantly disrespectful in regards to the struggles, taxes and woes of the public. With banks in the US rewarding themselves huge bonuses and monarchs frolicking around nude in overpriced suites on the public's dime one must ask why these superiors feel the need to shove their indecency in our faces? And why do we ,as the people who allow their lifestyle to exist, accept it ? Unless of course we've resigned ourselves to the banality of the situation and the fact that the Prince is some sort of desperate action hero who ought to be sequestrated for his own good….?

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