Prince Harry’s duff has now become a symbol of press freedom in Great Britain. The tabloid Sun newspaper published two photos of the randy lad from his Las Vegas strip billiards game, even though the royal family had threatened to sue.
The paper was quick to point out that it was not making any “moral judgments” about Harry’s nude frolic with girls in a Las Vegas hotel.
“Far from it. He often sails close to the wind for a Royal — but he’s 27, single and a soldier. We like him,” the newspaper wrote in an editorial preface to the story.
Although the photographs first appeared three days ago on U.S. gossip site TMZ, no British paper had published them under threats from the Palace’s lawyers to the UK’s Press Complaints Commission. They claimed publishing the photos would violate Harry’s privacy.
Britain has much stricter press censorship laws than the United States, but in an age when any publication in the world is a click away on the Internet, it raises a question whether the law has any meaning anymore. About 77 percent of British households have Internet access, the paper noted.
The paper also noted that there was a public interest in publication of the photos because they generated legitimate public debate about “the man who is third in line to the throne and increasingly taking on official duties.”
“There are questions over his security during the Las Vegas holiday. Questions as to whether his position in the Army might be affected.
Further, we believe Harry has compromised his own privacy,” the editorial stated.
“These are not pictures of him and a girlfriend at Balmoral. The Prince was in Vegas, the party capital of a country with strong freedom-of-speech laws, frolicking in the pool before inviting strangers to his hotel room for a game of strip billiards.”
That’s it, blame it on the bloody Americans.