Prince Harry has a reputation as a party animal and he's at it again, this time in Vegas.
TMZ had the scoop on the naked Prince Harry photos that emerged recently, amusing the world and horrifying the Royal Family. It's not the first time Harry and his partying ways have made the news but it's one of the few times that photographic proof turned up for all to see.
Harry and two male friends had been enjoying all that Vegas had to offer when they invited some young women they'd met at the pool to come back to their VIP suite at Encore to continue the party.
At some point in the evening a game of strip billiards reportedly broke out, with Harry caught in the act of displaying the crown jewels for the world to see. Cell phone pics of the shenigans were taken and later sold to gossip site TMZ.
Despite threats from the Royal Family and their attorneys, the photos made it into print as well, with The Sun publishing the photos in print in the UK.
The legal team for the Royal Family had warned UK publications not to publish the photos as they were taken without Harry's consent and could violate the Press Complaints Commission Code.
The Sun, though, published the photos with the statement that the public "had the right to see them" and pointed out that TMZ had published the very same photos online days before.
The photos have sparked off several debates as to whether Harry -- third in line to the throne and in the military -- is fit to serve in either position, with others questioning his security detail that allowed the photos to be taken in the first place.
Members of the Royal Family are often protected from media scrutiny by a tacit agreement with publications in the UK, such as Prince William and Kate's honeymoon being off-limits due to their requests for privacy.
Harry's Vegas hijinks are seen by many to be entirely different, though, as behavior by celebrities of all sorts in Sin City are often closely watched, recorded, and shared with the world, especially in the age of cell phone cameras with instant fame and fortune just a snap away.