The country’s scandal-loving tabloids devoted many pages on Thursday to the story of Prince Harry’s naked romp in a Las Vegas hotel suite.
While all initially heeded a warning from royal officials that printing the images would infringe on the prince’s privacy, The Sun tabloid published the images in Friday’s edition — making it the first British paper to put a naked Harry on display with the headline “Heir it is!”
The Sun, Britain’s bestselling daily paper, had creatively avoided splashing a naked Harry on its Thursday front page by getting a staff member named Harry and a 21-year-old female intern to recreate the naked pose under the headline “Harry grabs the crown jewels.”
The tabloid said it had decided to run the images because the issue has become about freedom of the press.
“We’ve thought long and hard about this,” managing editor David Dinsmore said, adding that the paper works closely with the royal family and takes heed of their wishes.
“This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by millions of people around the world on the Internet, but can’t be seen in the nation’s favorite paper.”
Other British newspapers made do with pictures of holiday Harry in bathing trunks and fedora hat.