Not satisfied with just having one of their staffers merely pose as a naked Prince Harry, as they did for today's paper, the U.K.'s Sun tabloid decided to go with the real-life princely flesh on their Friday frontpage, which, as they point out themselves you've probably "already seen on the Internet."
Update: Nick Sutton posted on TwitLonger what appears to be a fuller justification from the paper on their actions, saying they "believe Harry has compromised his own privacy" and "printing the photos IS within the Press Complaints Commission's code, based on a previous PCC ruling in favour of a UK magazine which published pictures already widely seen online." They conclude that "it was vital for us to run them."
"This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world on the internet, but can’t be seen in the nation’s favourite paper read by 8 million people every day."
So it's not about being ballsy (so to speak) enough to print a photo that nearly reveals the Royal, well, you know?
The BBC's Peter Hunt tweeted out the Royal reaction:
St James's Palace response to SUNnaked Harry photo: We have made our views on P Harry's privacy known. Newspapers regulate themselves....— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) August 23, 2012
....so the publication of the photographs is ultimately a decision for editors to make."— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) August 23, 2012
Dinsmore points out that over at The Sun they are also "big fans" of Harry and "are not against him letting his hair down once in a while." Or his pants, evidently. Meanwhile, BBC News dares to ask: "how normal is it for young people to take their clothes off when they have been drinking?"
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