The decision by the British press not to publish pictures of Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas sparks a media debate with one former News Of The World editor saying the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics following phone hacking has neutered newspapers. Britain's top selling tabloid recreated the naughty nude shot to make a point.
The Sun - along with the rest of the British media - decided not to publish the real thing which first appeared on an American celebrity gossip website, TMZ. The royal's representatives appealed to the UK press watchdog after photos of the naked frolic emerged. Some in the industry were amazed they complied.
Former executive editor Neil Wallis says UK newspapers have been neutered as a result of the recent phone hacking scandal that led to the closure of his former paper, News of the World. Prince Harry has a reputation for enjoying himself and occasionally taking things too far. One former royal protection officer says his security team should have been more careful.
Several foreign media commentators have ridiculed Fleet Street for losing its bite. Many Londoners are perplexed as well."If he's done it they should be able to print it, free press" says one man.
The Sun's mocked up cover shot also raised eyebrows, with the paper reportedly denying the 21 year old female intern was pressured to strip off.