Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, explained that royal minders should be saving the reputations of the Royal family as well as their lives.
Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has previously claimed that the Prince’s guards were there for his security and “not to regulate his life”.
However, Vaz said the role of royal protection officers had been interpreted “very narrowly” and should be reviewed, writes The Telegraph.
“Of course it is not the responsibility of a protection officer to regulate people’s lives but it is their responsibility to protect them, for the simple reason that they don’t know who these members of the public are,” he said.
“Protection not only deals with an event that is life-threatening. They have a very narrow interpretation of this I feel.”
Concerns over the failure of the officers came after The Sun printed the pictures of the Royal family member despite a request by St James’s Palace to respect the Prince’s privacy.
The final decision on publication has reportedly been made by Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corporation, which ultimately owns The Sun.
“It was his idea and his decision,” an insider familiar with the matter revealed to reporters. A spokesman declined to comment.
The decision to publish the leaked images prompted about 850 complaints to the Press Complaints Commission, although St James’s Palace hinted that it would not take any action.
“We have made our views on Prince Harry’s privacy known,” said a spokesman. “Newspapers regulate themselves, so the publication of the photographs is ultimately a decision for editors.”
Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, who also appeared on Newsnight, told BBC that the photos represented a “fantastic” story.
“Literally any journalist worth his salt, whether at one end of the market or the other, would have said: ‘Thank you God.’ It doesn’t affect Prince Harry at all. He is single and he is cavorting with ladies who wish to be cavorted with,” Mr MacKenzie said.
Meanwhile, the prince is expected to receive a dressing down from the military when he returns to his Army base in Wattisham in Suffolk within the coming days.
A former instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, said that Harry is most likely to face an “interview without coffee”.
“It is very stupid doing that anywhere near cameras,” he said. “I don’t know how his minders let that happen. My view is that he will probably get a telling off. If he’d just come back from active service and was letting off steam it might be different.”
Military codes of conduct warn officers that the must maintain high standards of professionalism “both on and off operations.”
Harry later apologized for the incident: “I am very sorry if I caused any offense.” The pictures of naked Prince are unlikely to please his Grandma.
“Prince William shows his cojones by rescuing stranded women in the ocean. Prince Harry shows his cojones by, well, showing his cojones,” tweeted Jennifer Burke with Canada’s CTV network.