News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch may have been personally involved in the decision to publish photos of Prince Harry naked but he is also urging everyone to give the royal a “break.”
Rupert on Saturday night tweeted:
“Prince Harry. Give him a break. He may be on the public payroll one way or another, but the public loves him, even to enjoy Las Vegas.”
That tweet came just after Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun made the decision to post grainy images of Prince Harry walking around with a naked female in a Las Vegas hotel room following a game of strip billiards.
The Sun was the only publication in Britain to publish the naked photos and it received 850 complaints from press watchdog group the Press Complaints Commission. Almost every single complaint involved invasion of privacy arguments.
While some supporters found the publication of the pictures to be a good sign for the freedom of press, others believe Rupert Murdoch posted the naked Prince Harry photos in defiance of the Leveson inquiry into press standards. That inquiry was started in the wake of News Corps. hacking scandal.
News Corp. was hardly the first publication to show off Prince Harry’s royal jewels, celebrity website TMZ broke the story alongside the Vegas shenanigans.
The photos of prince Harry are believed to have been taken without his permission on someone’s camera phone. The person who sold the pictures to the celebrity website has not come forward to claim credit for the scandal that has erupted all over the world.