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Online pics show naked Prince Harry in Vegas hotel

world Updated: Aug 22, 2012 23:15 IST

Pictures of a naked Prince Harry, grandson of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, cavorting with a nude young woman in a hotel room in Las Vegas were published on a US website on Wednesday, in potential embarrassment to him and the royal family.


A royal source confirmed that it was Harry in the photos, which were taken after he started playing a game of strip billiards.

One photo published on the celebrity gossip website TMZ shows Harry, an Apache helicopter pilot in the British army, covering up his genitals with his hands while an apparently naked woman hides behind him.

The other shows the 27-year-old prince, third in line to the British throne, pictured from the back hugging what appears to be the same naked woman.

The blurred pictures were taken in the VIP suite of a hotel in Las Vegas where the prince was enjoying a private holiday with friends. According to TMZ, the pictures were taken after Harry and his friends went down to the hotel bar and invited some women, who have not been identified, up to their room.

"We are not commenting specifically on the photos," a spokesman for the prince said.

Harry, son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his late ex-wife Princess Diana, earned a reputation when he was younger as a royal wild child after he admitted in 2002 to dabbling in marijuana and under-age drinking. Three years later, he made headlines when he wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party.

However, in recent years Harry, who served in the army in Afghanistan four years ago and has spoken of his desire to return to frontline action, has shed much of this earlier image.

He recently embarked on a highly successful solo royal tour of the Caribbean and Brazil as part of celebrations for the queen's 60th anniversary on the throne, and stood in for his grandmother at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games earlier this month.

Also at the resort, Harry raced with double gold medal-winning US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte in a pool and lost.