Person who leaked Prince Harry pics 'despicable'

2012-08-25 23:04
London - A friend of Prince Harry who was on his infamous Las Vegas party trip said on Saturday the person who leaked naked photos of the British royal was "despicable" and had abused Harry's hospitality.

Film-maker Arthur Landon, 30, described by The Daily Telegraph as one of Britain's richest young men, told the newspaper that the incident "put a real dampener" on the trip to the US gambling resort.

The pictures of Harry, third in line to the throne, surfaced on US celebrity news website TMZ, but were then published worldwide - although not initially by British media.

Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun broke ranks on Friday, publishing the photos and saying it was "ludicrous" that British newspapers should not print images that had already been seen by hundreds of millions online.

In one photo taken in his suite, Harry, 27, can be seen cupping his genitals while standing in front of what appears to be a naked woman. In the other he is naked and bear-hugging a woman from behind.

"It is really despicable that someone would accept Prince Harry's hospitality and then take these pictures," Landon told The Daily Telegraph.

'His friends would never do that'

"It has put a real dampener on everybody who was on that holiday.

"Some people have been hinting that it was one of his friends who took the pictures. But that is absolutely not true. None of his friends would ever do that. We are really careful.

"I wasn't in that hotel room so I don't know if one of those girls took the pictures, although I was there on the holiday.

"A lot of people have been left really disgusted to think that someone would have gone into Harry's hotel room, taken those pictures and then released them to the world."

The situation could worsen for Harry as yet more pictures are said to exist of the army attack helicopter pilot.

Prominent British publicist Max Clifford told BBC television that he had turned down two different American women who had telephoned his organisation.

"They've already done it and I've said no," he said, adding that he felt the pictures amounted to an invasion of privacy.

"I've had two people at the party approach me, would I represent them and would I sell their photos."

More than 850 complaints have been made to Britain's press watchdog about the pictures published in The Sun.

The Press Complaints Commission said they all came from members of the public and none had come from St James's Palace or any other representatives of the royals.

Nearly all of the complaints are about invasion of privacy and are to be investigated in due course.


  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-08-25 23:33

    """Some people have been hinting that it was one of his friends who took the pictures. But that is absolutely not true. None of his friends would ever do that. We are really careful.""" .... Sooooo why get naked in front of strangers who you cannot trust?? Maybe it is a blessing this guy is only 3rd in line to the throne. His dad or brother are clearly more intelligent.

      pagel.trivia - 2012-08-26 11:04

      His dad is not all that discreet either - remember when Camilla was his mistress??

  • Heinreigh Elrid Martin - 2012-08-26 03:41

    WE AlL HuMaN SO NoNe Of Us aRe peRFECt NeVa ClaIm 2 B wHaT u NoT We MuSt LEaRn 2 ResPeCt

      sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-08-26 06:36

      and you are clearly outwitted by your keyboard

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-26 08:36

      @ Heinreigh Elrid Martin - There are pills for a stutter, Stop wanking when on the keyboard.

      Roulon du Toit - 2012-08-26 21:19

      Wow, Heinreigh, are you a teenage girl in the nineties on a Nokia 3310?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-27 09:43

      And you bunch of morons all attack her... wow, grown up aren't we??

  • lourensvb - 2012-08-26 08:45

    It is absolutely disgusting and wrong that in this day and age, when some people in the world are starving for a lack of food and water, when the British government are collaborators in the killing of innocent people in among other places Afghanistan - Royalty exists, but also are expected to do nothing while given the greatest (charity?) state grants to recreate any way they please, promoting the death of the lesser classes by praising banker's agenda like global warming. These people are born free loaders and the media are their worshippers - and then we wonder why there is no peace in the world. Kick them out and let them start earning their own living I say.

      Jason - 2012-08-26 09:44

      No all of them are like that. Seems only the black sheep of the family (or is that the red sheep?)

  • Jason - 2012-08-26 09:42

    This clown's behaviour smacks of what I saw in that series "The Tudors", where royalty can do what they please to whomever they please without any consequences. Imagine having him as king? What a joke.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-27 09:43

      Go cry me a river... boo hoo, what a load os sanctimonious drivel..

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-26 10:45

    .. and his highly paid security staff all stood around watching the photos being taken and did nothing about it. What did they think was going to happen with the pictures?

  • Werewabbit - 2012-08-26 15:12

    As News24 also published those pictures I'm sure they will defend themselves and closer align themselves with The Sun in the future. I'm surprised they were willing to state that nearly 1000 complaints have been made to "Britain's press watchdog, " implying that they disagree with these people. Press freedom yes, but freedom comes with responsibility

      Adil Smit - 2012-08-26 16:31

      The British taxpayers paid for the Las Vegas party - shouldn't they be able to see what it was about?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-08-26 16:50

    His uncle Andrew did some similiar things - let's not take it so seriously. The British taxpayers pays for his parties and most of them don't seem to mind .

  • seanne.koopman - 2012-08-27 14:10

    Harry is young and he had fun. I don't see anything wrong with it. Besides, what's the odds of the queen dying now and him being bumped up to the throne? Maybe having a king who is FUN wouldn't kill those stiffs

  • ilana.adonis - 2012-08-29 10:16

    As the saying goes... "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas"

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