Prince Harry 'needs to clean up his act'

2012-08-24 15:46

London - Prince Harry has worked hard to transform his image from playboy to a modern royal serving Britain on the front line, but having naked pictures beamed around the world will not help his cause.

Harry spent a few wild days in Las Vegas and indulged in a spot of strip billiards, but in an age of camera phones his antics were soon fed to TMZ.

While British papers initially honoured the palace's pleas not to publish the photographs, the top-selling Sun tabloid broke ranks on Friday and splashed the images of the prince with nude mystery women across four pages.

The palace said that Harry, a trained army pilot of the deadly Apache helicopters, was simply letting off steam.

But his behaviour has raised questions about his maturity and about his security, at least one of the revellers snapped frolicking with him in a hotel swimming pool was reportedly one of his protection officers.

Harry has had difficult path to tread

Harry, the second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, has always had a difficult path to tread.

Though his elder brother William is on course to become king, Harry's every move is scrutinised nonetheless - and he has done his growing up very much in public.

When he was 17 he admitted having smoked cannabis, and he was soon a regular fixture at plush London nightclubs with booze, cigarettes, aristocratic beauties and a scuffle outside with paparazzi the common tale.

His mischievous antics were widely viewed with amused affection until he sparked a scandal in 2005 by attending a fancy dress party wearing a mock Nazi uniform.

That threatened to block his entry into the army, but he knuckled down and served as a front-line officer in Afghanistan for 10 weeks, until a media blackout broke down in 2008 and he was hastily withdrawn.

The following year his reputation took another knock when a video he made in 2006 emerged, showing him using the derogatory term "Paki".

'He is a prince with responsibilities'

Since then, the prince has immersed himself in military and charity work, gradually improving his profile.

He won plaudits for a mature performance mixed with fun as he made a diamond jubilee tour of the Caribbean on behalf of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II this year, even beating the world's fastest man Usain Bolt in a mock race.

Robert Jobson, a royal correspondent and the author of Harry's War: The True Story of the Soldier Prince, said it was time Harry took a few lessons in maturity from William.

"I know he is young, free and single. But he is a prince with responsibilities," Jobson wrote in the Evening Standard newspaper on Thursday.

"He is bright enough and should have learned from his mistakes. The shame is that he had turned the corner. He represented his grandmother admirably at the Olympics closing ceremony and on a tour to Jamaica.

"But now it is time for him to wise up and follow Prince William's example."


  • cathy.goldstone - 2012-08-24 16:16

    Sorry but I am a mother of a 24 year old boy and 20 year old girl. Harry in my opionion deserves to act his age and enjoy life. As a nurse I know that life can be far to short. Prince Harry is purely enjoying his life and if the person who took the photo had taken one of someone who was unknown we would not be having this conversation. Leave him alone, dont tell him to grow up and take responsibility, I think he does a great job. I wont be buying the Sun, one because it is rubbish and really I dont relish the idea of seeing any man naked let alone our lovely Harry. Why doesnt everyone else get a life and leave Harry to enjoy the little time he has to himself. After all he does fight for Queen and country when he is not taking off his clothes!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-24 16:27

    Please get a grip! Yes he is a prince,however the only thing that failed him was his security! Leave the guy alone. This is being dragged out,sensationalised for monetary gain,nothing else. He fulfills his responsibilities just fine. He is entitled to be human.

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-24 16:27

    Dear Prince Harry, Please don't change a single thing about yourself, you awesome just the way you are! Enjoy life to the fullest, live everyday like its your last! In my opinion you only member of the Royal Family that portrays yourself as human!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-24 17:37

    Keep on having fun Harry. When you get old you will remember those wild times.

  • des.cider - 2012-08-24 17:37

    We like him the way he is! Let's see even more of him, and his girl friends too.

  • Jacky Mutsila - 2012-08-25 08:03


  • mark.webb.50 - 2012-08-26 14:04

    just check on your friends one of them leaked the pictures to the press so is not to be trusted

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