On Cavorting Naked In Las Vegas

Prince Harry Naked Las Vegas


Considering the fact that this blog has so far avoided any real mention of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as a running mate, the huge success that was the London Olympic Games or the Todd Akin “legitimate rape” controversy in Missouri, to name just three recent trending stories, it might be considered a bit unseemly to come back from a brief break by writing about the bare buttocks of the third in line to the British throne.

But then again, one has to pick up somewhere.

Everyone seems to have a strongly held opinion about Prince Harry’s recent exploits in a Las Vegas hotel suite, but I have been surprised by how many of those views have been along the lines of “it was totally fine, he was just letting off steam”, “everyone is entitled to a private life” (well duh…) or “how ghastly that anyone would consider publishing these pictures, it should be made illegal”.

Here’s my take:

1. What on earth were the royal protection officers doing? I would think that it should be standard practice to confiscate mobile phones from strangers when they are invited up to a secured area to party with the prince, not simply to avoid the leaking of embarrassing pictures but so that security-related information cannot be sent in real-time to other people outside.

2. What Prince Harry decides to do behind closed doors among friends is his own business. However, he is also a member of the royal family and has public duties to perform. He represents the United Kingdom to the world. Picking up random girls from a bar and inviting them up to your hotel suite to play strip billiards is not classy and does not reflect well on the royal family, the Army (in which he serves as a Captain) or on his country. Again, if they were existing friends unlikely to leak pictures or stories, there’s no problem. But they were strangers. Even if the pictures had not emerged, stories would have done, which would have also embarrassed the country, albeit to a lesser extent. If Prince Harry wishes to behave in that way without attracting negative comment or approbation, he is of course free to relinquish his position in the royal family and in the line of succession. He would then join the massed ranks of other British celebrities who make fools of themselves in public, but it wouldn’t matter and I would not be writing this blog post.

3. The story, and the pictures, are absolutely in the public interest, because at all times, Prince Harry represents our country. Again, if he doesn’t wish to carry this burden and have to look over his shoulder all of the time whenever he decides to “let off steam”, he can renounce his place in the line of succession, and “quit” the royal family, so to speak. But since he does represent our country, the fact that he decided to pick up random girls in a hotel bar and take them to his suite to play strip billiards is very much in the public interest. He has public duties to perform. He represented the Queen at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games a matter of days ago. His role and level of responsibility in the royal family has been steadily increasing, and therefore there is an indisputable public interest in how he conducts himself, on and off duty. Louise Mensch MP was absolutely right to say that he ‘had no expectation of privacy‘.

4. Bravo to The Sun, for publishing the pictures in the face of bullying by the royal family, the Press Complaints Commission, and the ever-present, chilling shadow that is the Leveson enquiry. Shame on everyone else for being too prudish or too scared.

That is all.

5 thoughts on “On Cavorting Naked In Las Vegas

  1. fieara August 25, 2012 / 6:43 PM

    Actually, I think the fact that he (probably/maybe) had sex with the girl is a better/more important story because he’s going all the way, not just stripping.


    • fieara August 25, 2012 / 7:02 PM

      Sorry, forgot to put that it was a shame the journalists didn’t look into their conscience and decide it was unethical to publish the photos. But the royal family shouldn’t have tried to control the press.


  2. fieara August 25, 2012 / 6:40 PM

    Agree! Which is crazy, because I have always firmly believed that the media intrudes far too much into our privacy, and we do not have enough human rights protection, unlike Hongkong or Germany where your full name and photo aren’t published in the paper if you commit a crime unless you are a politician. Here, the papers just ruin peopl’s lives, causing them heartbreak and being fired, destroying our sexual freedom and rights to privacy – and all in the name of ‘free speech’ when printing random photos of petty criminals or knowing who Belle de Jour is does not help democracy. It only lets gigantic corporations bully and spread lies about ordinary citizens. However, the photos were available online and the media was telling us how to find them online, so there is no point hushing it up, ESPECIALLY he is a member of the royal family, so should have less privacy than ordinary citizens.

    I don’t think the story was at all in the public interest – its just so unimportant/trivial beyond words – and since we know the story, do we really need the pics to properly visualise it? Knowing is enough, the story/news was more important because you can debate it without seeing the photos. But, if they were in US papers and online, they were already in the public domain – not just a bit, but a lot – so banning it is ludicrous. Besides, politicians, royal family and famous people should have less privacy – I wouldn’t agree with publishing the pics from anyone else’s party. But the royal family cannot control the press like that. Ironically, banning the pics only heightens the story! It would have been a one-day wonder otherwise, as Harry has done stuff like this before, and these stories are just getting boring and old.

    Kudos to whoever sold the pics to TMZ, they must have got thousands, that is good business sense. I do feel sorry for Harry, but Royals are neer free. Still, he couldnt have realised that harmless fun (which was another person’s idea, not his) would end up with him naked on the front cover of British newspapers…unfair, since other people were also naked. But maybe he doesn’t mind; I wouldn’t; it just furthers his image as a bit of a lad. In a couple days the story will be over and the Sun will be printing crap and lies as usual. I think if he was a girl people would judge him more, its fine if you are male. A princess playing strip billiard with a few people while 15 boys watched would be judged more.


  3. marylhooper August 24, 2012 / 8:21 PM

    Don’t know that I have any thoughts on this. But let’s see what comes as I type.

    I don’t know that Harry represents my country, or that many people would feel he does. Royal children have a long history of causing much embarrassment. Harry’s behaviour isn’t out of character for him or for the royal family. It’s normal. What has changed in recent years is not the behaviour but the ability for it to be communicated everywhere instantly to a world that has a bewildering appetite for celebrity goings on and all manner of dross. Harry, like all of us, is a complex mixture of all sorts of things and it would be terribly sad and unfair if he were only to be known for the times when he is being foolish. Many a respectable, upstanding person perhaps considered more worthy of representing their country has a hidden and far from respectable side. We don’t see it and so they are fine. We see Harry as he is. He doesn’t hide himself. And we are not always delighted with what we see. But I for one like the honesty. If we were all as honest as Harry it might not be a bad thing.


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