The British tabloid The Sun became the country's first newspaper to print nude photos of Prince Harry.
But that still may not keep The Sun out of legal hot water, after the British tabloid printed the photos in its own pages last night.
When the photographs were first published earlier this week by Los Angeles-based gossip website TMZ.com, the royal palace quickly confirmed that the pictures did indeed show Prince Harry. But they also warned the Press Complaints Commission that they would consider any publication of the pictures an intrusion upon the prince's privacy. As a result, Fleet Street and England's broadcasters – even while writing up the Las Vegas escapade with typical royal-watching bemusement and enthusiasm – have toed the line and not shown the photos themselves.
But The Sun broke ranks today, running one of the candids under the headline "Heir it is!", arguing that the publication of the photos was a matter of public interest in England. "By yesterday, the photographs were indisputably in the public domain everywhere in the world," The Sun's editors explained in an article accompanying the photos.
That generated a legitimate public debate about the behaviour of the man who is third in line to the throne and increasingly taking on official duties, as he did most recently at the Olympics’ closing ceremony. ...