The only place where news outlets could possibly get in real trouble for printing those naked pictures of Prince Harry is in the U.K., where royal officials have warned the press not to print them. Not to be deterred, those papers are printing stories based on pictures which they can't run. Rupert Murdoch's scrappy tabloid, The Sun, enlisted a staffer to recreate those pictures (and wins the award for most creative):
But most, like The Daily Star, just used that ubiquitous fedora photo of Harry:
As did, The Daily Mirror:
Not running those naked Prince Harry pictures seems a bit silly especially since they've dominated the international news cycle, and millions of people have already seen them. But the reason these U.K. papers are reporting on Harry's naked romp without actually using the photos is because there's a royal warning in effect."While newspapers including The Sun and the Daily Mirror proclaimed that the naked photos had been 'banned,' that is not strictly true," The Associated Press' Jill Lawless reports, noting that the Leveson Inquiry has left the U.K. press a bit gun shy. "Prince Harry's office confirmed it had contacted industry watchdog the Press Complaints Commission ... Any paper that ran them risks being chastised by the commission, which can demand a newspaper publish an apology, but has no power to issue fines," Lawless adds, explaining that papers could also possibly open themselves up to an invasion of privacy lawsuit from the Prince since privacy and libel laws in Europe and the U.K. are notoriously tough.
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