Prince Harry

The Sun claims it would have been “perverse” not to run the nude photos. (Miraculously SFW)

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What is it with gingers? Despite their glorious titian locks, they seem doomed to be the black sheep of royalty.

First there was Fergie, Duchess of Pork, ex-wife of Prince Andrew, woman of the people, recipient of the Royal Toe Sucking (by a man she claimed was her investment adviser—a balding Texan accountant? Really, Fergie?).

Now there is Harry, Prince of Vegas.

In fairness, they are both enormously helpful at getting the Royal Family into the headlines. It’s just a matter of the headlines themselves that’s the problem. “Strip Billiards in Vegas Romp,” illustrated with graphic photos, is not exactly what the press office had in mind when they dispatched His Royal Highness to the former colony. Fortunately, virtually every UK newspaper refused to run the images: all but one, that is.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun. While Murdoch himself pleaded for the press to leave Harry alone, his own paper restaged the photos with a willing full-time employee named Harry and (controversially) an intern who was not in a position to say no.

The next day, they ran the photos themselves.

Managing Editor David Dinsmore stressed they’d thought “long and hard” about publishing the photos, and it would have been “perverse” not to publish.

Wait, what?

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Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.

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