Tabloid prints Harry pics, defies royals

2012-08-24 07:29
London - The Sun tabloid on Friday published photographs of Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas, becoming the first British publication to defy a request from the royal family's lawyers.

On Thursday, newspapers in Britain did not publish the images of Queen Elizabeth's grandson naked with an unnamed woman while on holiday in Las Vegas, following a request from St James's Palace, the official residence of the prince, through the Press Complaints Commission to respect his privacy.

But, almost half of the front page of Friday's Sun newspaper shows a photograph of the naked prince covering up his genitals with his hands while an apparently naked woman hides behind his back in a Las Vegas hotel room.

'Freedom of the press'

The Sun, part of the British arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, said millions of people around the world had already seen the pictures and its readers had a right to see them.

David Dinsmore, managing editor of the Sun, said in a video on the paper's website that the decision to publish was not taken lightly, but the issue had become one of "the freedom of the press".

"This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world on the Internet but can't be seen in the nation's favourite paper read by eight million people every day," Dinsmore said.

"This is about our readers getting involved in the discussion with the man who is third in line to the throne - it's as simple as that," he said.

Ethical dilemma

Two pictures of the naked prince, who has a reputation as a partying playboy, were first published on the celebrity gossip website TMZ on Wednesday.

Their publication has since caused an ethical dilemma for British editors reeling from a judge-led inquiry into press conduct.

St James's Palace had contacted the Press Complaints Commission on Wednesday over concerns about the prince's privacy being intruded upon, in breach of the editors' code of practice.

"We have made our views on Prince Harry's privacy known. Newspapers regulate themselves, so the publication of the photographs is ultimately a decision for editors to make," the BBC quoted a spokesperson for the royal family as saying on Friday.

Thursday's edition of the Sun carried a mocked up photo using their features picture editor and an intern in place of Harry and the unnamed woman.


  • marco.hudson.33 - 2012-08-24 07:57

    Good on ya!! If a "prince" behaves like a hooligan then all royalty falls away. It's clear to me that Harry and William had the same mom,.....but different dads.

      Michael - 2012-08-24 08:41

      How did he act "like a hooligan"? Aside from being royalty, he's also human, but he's not allowed to do the things any other person can do, like playing some strip pool in a vegas hotel room.... give the guy a break.

      koo.doyle - 2012-08-24 08:49

      A young guy, having some harmless fun in the privacy of his hotel suite? Shocking. Get a life Marco, even princes are entitled to let their hair down, especially where there's an expectation of privacy.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-24 11:23

      I think Harry and his pert bottom are doing a great job improving the royals' public image!

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-24 08:31

    What's all the fuss about? He is human and enjoying his life!

  • michelle.e.magson - 2012-08-24 08:50

    Reckon it ain't about the nekkid pics, but the PR they get for their defiance.

  • shaz.wheeler.5 - 2012-08-24 08:56

    Oh Get over it. Wish I had been at the party :D Bet his mum is having a good giggle wherever she may be watching over him.

  • betsy.gibson.940 - 2012-08-24 09:55

    So bladdy what!!! Let the child enjoy himself he's a human being not a GOD!!!! It just goes to show the Royal Family are also capable of natural things like sex without clothes. I like Harry's way of showing the world He's no different than a normal guy at that age. You go boy, next time, don't open the hotel door before getting dress. But with your'e sense of humor I think you did that just to piss ouma off!!

  • Werewabbit - 2012-08-24 12:10

    How can the tabloids (by the way the image is on News24) justify publishing photos from private hotel rooms? It seems News24 doesn't care either, and if so they wouldn't mind if we got photos of your editor in the shower, because, you know the millions of fools (like myself) who read your articles demand to count pimples!

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-24 13:28

      When you play naked games with a bunch of people you dont know, its not really PRIVATE. The press didnt take the photos - one of the people at the party took the photos...and if Harry was really "protecting the girl", then he even knew pics were being taken! The next step would be going streaking, and then calling for privacy over photos! The wholse situation is really no big deal - just good old fashioned fun. Privacy has nothing to do with it...

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