Prince Harry Nude Photo Scandal: Palace Drops Press Complaint
"Having considered the matter now for a number of weeks, we have decided not to pursue a complaint," a spokesman for the palace told BBC News. "We remain of the opinion that a hotel room is a private space where its occupants would have a reasonable expectation of privacy."
So why did the palace decide to drop its complaint with the Press Complaints Commission?
Since the prince is now "focused entirely on his deployment in Afghanistan," pursuing a complaint relating to his private life "would not be appropriate at this time and would prove to be a distraction," the spokesman said.
Despite dropping the formal complaint, the palace had informed the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), which reportedly received approximately 3,800 complaints since The Sun published the photos.
The palace originally threatened legal action against any newspaper that published the images, arguing they were in breach of the PCC's code of conduct. However, The Sun ended up splashing the two NSFW pictures of Prince Harry naked with an unidentified woman across its front page. The headline read, "Heir it is!"
The Sun defended its use of the photos, which were originally posted on US gossip site TMZ, citing there was "a clear public interest in publishing the Harry pictures, in order for the debate around them to be fully informed."
The paper argued that the prince "compromised his own privacy" by "frolicking in the pool before inviting strangers to his hotel room for a game of strip billiards" in "the party capital of a country with strong freedom-of-speech laws."
In related news, the palace is still facing a battle over the publication of topless photos of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, published by French celebrity magazine Closer and other tabloids in Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Sweden.