While the pictures of Prince Harry caught nude in a Las Vegas hotel room were shown in the US and around the globe, St James' Palace urged British media organisations not to print the pictures. But Rupert Murdoch's the Sun did publish the photos and could now get into trouble over the decision.
On Friday, the newspaper published Prince Hurry’s nude photos after the Buckingham Palace had shunned down upon British newspapers printing the images, which are considered to be “an invasion of his privacy” court take the tabloid to court.
Coming off the highly-celebrated 2012 London Olympics and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee this summer, the royals are riding high as Queen Elizabeth II is rating high in popularity in the country, and these images are hurting the image of the family.
Since the photos have been printed in The Sun accompanied with the headline “Heir it is!” the Rupert Murdoch paper has received 850 complaints, which have been made to the Press Complaints Commission where nearly all of the complaints state the tabloid breached the 27-year-old Prince's privacy.
A spokesperson for the Palace said: "We have made our views on Prince Harry's privacy known. Newspaper regulate themselves, so the publication of the photographs is ultimately a decision for editors to make. We have no further comment to make, either on the publication of the photos or on the story itself, concerning Prince Harry's private holiday in Las Vegas."
The Sun has stated that they made this decision on Friday, so that millions of people who read the newspaper – instead of on the Internet – can “take a full part in that national conversation.”
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