British tabloid The Sun has pulled a complete 180, announcing that they will indeed run the nude photos of Prince Harry in all their uncensored glory in the Friday edition of their gossip rag.
The tabloid previously announced that they would not be publishing Prince Harry’s nudes, which have already been seen by millions online, only to change their mind with an announcement from Managing Editor David Dinsmore, who called publishing nude pictures of the prince a matter of “freedom of the press.”
“We are not against (Prince Harry) letting his hair down once in a while,” Dinsmore explained on The Sun’s website. “This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world on the Internet, but can’t be seen in the nation’s favorite paper read by 8 million people every day.”
It might be a smart circulation move, too. It would make The Sun the first English rag to publish the photos following a request from St. James’s Palace not to publish them on the grounds that they would infringe on the prince’s privacy. But that’s the prince’s cross to bear, according to The Sun.
Still, it’s not a decision editors made lightly.
“We’ve thought long and hard about this,” Dinsmore explains. “The Sun is a responsible paper and it works closely with the Royal family. We take heed of their wishes.”
“We’re also big fans of Prince Harry,” he added, “he does a huge amount of work for this country and for the military and for the image of both of those institutions.”
Do you think that The Sun has every right to publish Prince Harry’s nude photos?