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British Prince Harry and his naked exploits in the USA seem to be gripping the World media. Not in the UK though, so how come? It is generally believed that after the Leveson Inquiry in the UK, and Media scandals, the Press are running scared of "the Palace". As soon as there was a hint that British media sources may show the young Prince in all his glory a lawyer acting on Harry's behalf contacted the British press complaints committee. Whilst it is simply speculation that pressure was put to bear to keep the naked Prince from UK newspapers, it is noted that not one such publication displayed said images.
Instead it was a hasty shuffle of the Front Pages and items, which in reality were probably more newsworthy, replaced Harry.
In many ways we care not one jot what Harry does. We have all been young. His shenanigans do raise some issues though.
His planned tour of duty in Afghanistan has been given as an excuse for his "high spirits". That is a poor excuse. Thousands of young soldiers are shipped over to such countries to fight for their "king and country" but most are not allowed such privilege. As he represents what the British Army is supposed to fight for it is ironic to say the least.
Then of course there is the fact that Brits abroad have a bad reputation. Most people in the UK cringe when they see footage of alcohol fuelled excessive behaviour in a foreign land. Should the Prince then be acting in the way most criticised by the British establishment?
Next there is his age. In a little over three weeks the Prince will have his 28th birthday. Hardly old but then again hardly a naive teenager. It shows a decided lack of judgement on his part as to the company he keeps when he can be photographed in the "raw" so easily. Where were his security team? Just what do we pay them for? It is not fair though to lay the blame at their door.
Finally there is the cost of his jaunt. We wonder who was footing the bill for his wild vacation. Although Harry is a man earning an income he will still receive "hand outs" via the British Civil List.
The British Royal Family are a strange organisation. In years gone by they played the sanctimonious card whilst having affairs and illegitimate children as if sex was going out of fashion. These days they appear to do much the same but air much of their dirty laundry in public. We may not object to Harry having a fling but we do object to how it portrays our Royals abroad. America may think it makes them more human but it just makes them and the people who ultimately fund them laughable on the World's stage.
What the Royals choose to do may be their business but if they want freedom from press intrusion they best give up a few of their privileges and join the ranks of the hoi paloi. Until then they should out up and shut up.
The whole thing is of course a fisaco as if you really want to view the naked billiard playing Prince with his cue and balls you can easily find him on line.
Update August 24, The Sun opts to publish the images