Britons shrug off nude photos of Prince Harry


Associated Press

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 1:30 PM

LONDON (AP) — The photos that have emerged of Britain's Prince Harry cavorting in the nude with an unidentified woman in a VIP suite in Las Vegas last week apparently aren't doing any harm to his image back home.

One woman interviewed in London took a boys-will-be-boys approach, saying, "I've got kids. They do things like that."

A construction worker who was asked if Harry did anything wrong seemed offended by the question -- and added, "I'd be proud of him if he were my son."

Another construction worker said, "He's the prince. He can have any bird he wants!"

Royal-watcher Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, says it isn't likely that Harry's reputation will suffer. She says his party-boy image is part of his approachable, normal persona. Seward says the behavior may be "stupid" -- but that it doesn't make people dislike him. "Quite the opposite," in fact.

But she says the prince might get a talking-to from his dad, Prince Charles.

The British tabloids have generally been steering clear of the photos themselves -- possibly because it isn't clear that Harry was aware they were being taken.

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APPHOTO LON109: FILE - This is a Saturday March 10, 2012 file photo of Britain's Prince Harry, smiles after playing rugby at Flamengo's beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photographs of a naked Prince Harry in a Las Vegas hotel room have popped up online. A celebrity gossip site published two pictures of the 27-year-old royal cavorting with what they called a mystery woman in a VIP suite. Prince Harry's office confirmed Wednesday Aug. 22. 2012 that the photos were of the prince but declined to make any further comment. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) (10 Mar 2012)

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