Prince Harry, who found himself at the center of a scandal last week when a series of naked pictures of him were leaked from a late-night Las Vegas party, is reportedly clamping down on his social media presence by shutting down his Facebook profile.
According to Mashable, the British Army member and accomplished strip pool player who’s third in line for the throne used Facebook under the alias “Spike Wells,” but royal watchers noted that Harry has recently shuttered his page.
Prince Harry’s is Spike. Even his Scotland Yard minder is known to call him Spike.
While the prince used high privacy settings, until last week a limited version of his page was still available for all the world to see, with every update discussed and debated on the internet by avid Prince Harry fans.
The account was protected with many privacy controls, and he’s been an active user for more than four years with over 400 friends.
During Prince Harry’s trip to Las Vegas the following week, Mr Wells changed his profile picture, reports The Telegraph.
Weels chose a picture of three young men in matching Panama hats, one of whom bore an uncanny resemblence to Prince Harry, standing in front of a giant television in what appeared to be a large hotel suite that bore a striking similarity to those at the MGM Grand in which he was staying.
Harry is said to be “terrified” of the other pictures that could be found on his account, thus forcing him to delete the account. He is no doubt relieved that the social network recently announced they will remove users’ deleted photos from their servers within 30 days.
Moreover, Harry’s two best friends, Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip, 25, who joined him in Vegas, and Arthur Landon, 30, have also closed their Facebook accounts, as has one of his key Scotland Yard minders.
Wells often posted pictures from the same places where Harry was known to be, such as a group shot in Las Vegas featuring a redhead bearing an “uncanny resemblance” to the royal while he was there last week, NY Daily News reported.
He also apparently posted pictures of a trekker in an icy landscape holding a Union Flag with a logo for the charity “Walking With The Wounded” — an organization the prince has publicly supported and went on a trek through the North Pole with.
His profile image regularly changed, and included pictures of a hedgehog, a lemur from the cartoon film series Madagascar, and even a red-headed child clutching their head under the comment “Oh my God, I’m ginger”.
On another occasion Harry posted a picture which appeared to show the Prince and his former girlfriend Chelsy Davy and listed his hometown as Maun, Botswana, where he and his girlfriend traveled.
Dai Davies, a former head of royal protection for Scotland Yard, said a Facebook page for a member of the royal family would pose a “security risk”.
He said: “From a security point of view I would never recommend anyone high-profile to have a Facebook account because, depending what you have on it, it is indicative sometimes of where you are going, what you are doing, and more importantly, who your friends are.”