‘Despicable’ Girl Sold Nude Photos of Prince Harry in Las Vegas

Arthur Landon, one of Britain’s richest young men, was with Prince Harry during their holiday and said the person who had sold the pictures was “despicable” and had abused the Prince’s hospitality.

Prince Harry chatting to friends in Los Angeles car park before flying back to UK to face royal storm. Photo: Prince Harry/Facebook

Landon, who is worth more than £200 million, told The Telegraph that he suspected the culprit was one the bikini-clad girls who attended the party.

Landon spoke out as Prince Harry returned to Britain to explain his antics to aides. The prince is understood to have returned to Clarence House on Thursday, rather than heading directly to Balmoral in Scotland where Prince Charles and the Queen are on their annual summer break.

Landon said his friends were “really careful” not to betray the Prince and said none of them would have been involved in the sale of the images.

“I obviously think it is really despicable that someone would accept Prince Harry’s hospitality and then take these pictures,” he said. “I know it has put a real dampener on everybody who was on that holiday.”

Landon, who was educated at Ampleforth and Bristol University, said: “Some people have been hinting that it was one of his friends who took the pictures. But that is absolutely not true. None of his friends would ever do that. We are really careful.”

 “I wasn’t in that hotel room so I don’t know if one of those girls took the pictures, although I was there on the holiday. I think a lot of people have been left really disgusted to think that someone would have gone into Harry’s hotel room, taken those pictures and then released them to the world,” Harry’s friend said.

Meanwhile, according to News Tank, a Partygoer present at the party on last Friday gave an account of the happenings saying, “When we got to the room, Prince Harry was already there. There were about 25 people in total – at least 15 girls.” Looking at the big billiards room in the suite, Harry decided to have a raunchy game of pool.

“The rules were, if you potted the ball, you got to go again. If you missed, you took a piece of clothing off. Harry pulled that girl up to play with him. She had her eyes on Harry, so she was going to do anything”, she said.

New details on Thursday were revealed about the Prince Harry’s royal protection officers in Las Vegas. The US website TNZ that published the photos reported that the officers failed to ask the partygoers to surrender their phones on entering the lavish hotel suite and made only cursory attempts to prevent the pictures being taken.

One of the officers was quoted as “lackadaisically” telling the women who were invited back to the Prince’s room for a game of strip billiards in the early hours of the morning, “Awww, come on…no photos”.

One reveller said that the officers “acted like a bunch amateurs.” Scotland Yard said it would never comment on protection matters.

In the meantime, UK tabloid The Sun became the first nespaper in Britain to publish the photos on Friday and defying a request from the royal family’s lawyers, reports WT Today.

David Dinsmore, managing editor of The Sun, said in a video on the paper’s website that the decision to publish was not taken lightly, but the issue had become one of “the freedom of the press.”

“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 favourite paper read by eight million people every day,” Dinsmore said.

Almost half of the front page of Friday’s The Sun newspaper shows a photograph of the naked prince covering up his genitals with his hands while an apparently naked woman hides behind his back in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Earlier, a St James’s Palace spokesman also confirmed that it had contacted the Press Complaints Commission about the images, which were published on a US celebrity website and widely circulated online.

The palace said that publication of the images, taken in a high rollers suite at the Wynn and Encore hotel complex costing up to £5,000 a night, would be a breach of the prince’s privacy.

Any paper that ran them risks being chastised by the commission, which can demand a newspaper publish an apology, but has no power to issue fines.

Rosa Monckton, a close friend of Diana, the Princess of Wales, pointed out that the Prince had done nothing “immoral or wrong”. She told the Evening Standard: “His mother always thought that there should be a distinction between her private life and her public life. The same should apply to her sons, both of whom are serving their country. He isn’t married. He has the absolute right to privacy in his private time.”

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that it would not be censuring Prince Harry, an Apache helicopter pilot, over the photographs.

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