London: A US website published naked pictures of Prince Harry (son of late Princess Diana and grandson of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth) on Wednesday, showing him cavorting with a nude young woman in a hotel room in Las Vegas.
The pictures posted on the gossip site TMZ.com have been confirmed to be of Harry.
“He’s been doing a lot of good work for the queen and getting a good reputation and although a lot of people think this is a great laugh, it does actually bring the monarchy into disrepute and will embarrass the queen,” Reuters quoted royal author Robert Jobson as saying.
One snap showed Harry, third in line to the British throne, covering up his genitals with his hands while an apparently naked woman hides behind his back.
The other photo showed him clinging to a naked woman from behind.
“Prince Harry put the crown jewels on display in Vegas this weekend,” TMZ said.
According to TMZ, Harry and his friends had invited women from the hotel bar up to their VIP suite, where they played a strip game at a pool table. It did not identify the women.
The prince, a British army Apache helicopter pilot, has been on a private holiday with friends in Las Vegas after completing his final pilot’s training ahead of a future deployment.
“We are not commenting specifically on the photos,” a spokesman for the prince said.