Shielding The Crown Jewels: British Royal Family Blocks Publication of Randy Harry Photos in England While Hundreds of Millions See Them On The Internet

Prince Harry’s latest drunken escapade is now laid out for hundreds of millions to see in all of his naked glory . . . except for people in England. The Royal family moved quickly to effectively bar British newspapers from publishing the photos under the English libel laws, which I have criticized in the past as both draconian and restrictive of free speech. Now the Sun is bucking the effective order from the palace and now running the photos. In the meantime, millions of Brits were able to see the photos barred in newspapers but simply turning on their computers.

‘Prince Harry Naked’ has been googled over 70 million times – pictures showing the prince holding the royal jewels and cavorting with an equally naked woman in a game of strip pool.

The naughty moments of royals hold little fascination with me — even less than do royals generally. However, the English continue to impose highly restrictive rules on the media. First there is the Official Secrets law that is absurdly broad and effectively makes journalist freedoms discretionary in areas touching on the governmental interests. Then there is a host of laws allowing exceptionally broad prior restraint rules and blasphemy and hate crime prosecutions. However, it is the libel law that probably has the greatest chilling effect — extremely pro-plaintiff rules that threaten to ruin both individuals and media outlets with both damages and the English rule compelling the payment of the opposing party’s legal fees and costs.

The pictures from Harry’s wild ride in Las Vegas are the latest example of how the libel laws are used by the wealthy to limit the press and bar information to the public. Here you have a randy, juvenile prince infamous for public acts of embarrassing debauchery. Yet, the palace insists that disclosure of photos taken at a large party are private matters for the prince.

Once again, the Internet shows how government limitations can be circumvented by the Internet — an ironic timing since the government is still surrounding the embassy with Julian Assange inside to arrest him and extradite him in a case that is widely viewed as retaliation for his disclosing claimed classified information.

England is now ground zero for the threat to free speech in the West from ever-widening blasphemy prosecutions to hate speech laws to libel actions. Perhaps the absurdities of the most recent limitations will trigger a reexamination of these law by our English cousins.

Source: Daily Mail

83 thoughts on “Shielding The Crown Jewels: British Royal Family Blocks Publication of Randy Harry Photos in England While Hundreds of Millions See Them On The Internet”

  1. If Assange did this, the police would storm the Embassy, put him in a body bag and ship him straight to GITMO.

  2. Jag, I went to AC when they first opened in the late 70’s. There was only one casino[Resorts] and you literally had to wait in line to get in the casino. The first year or 2 AC tried to create a Monte Carlo atmosphere[women in dresses, men jacket and tie]. I know..AC and Monte Carlo?? After a couple years they abandoned that stupid idea. I’ve not been to AC in 15 years or so. I’ll play blackjack after playing hours @ the crap table. It’s mostly to unwind. Sit down, have a bourbon and play an hour or 2 then go to bed. My favorite is the Bellagio. It’s really just wherever you’ve had the best luck. I like staying @ the Bellagio logistically. But The Wynn, MGM, Mirage have all been good hotels to stay. My fav is The Hotel @ Mandalay Bay. There’s no casino but connected to Mandalay casino. It’s very quiet and elegant.

  3. I LOVE Atlantic City…. I went once when I was 21… stayed at Trump Castle…. I LOVED it there…..

    Craps was self taught…. I am a bit gutsy, and don’t mind losing a bit… so, I was self taught…. trial and error…. 😀 and LOTS of REALLY GOOD LUCK!!!!

  4. Oh heck, leave the guy alone! I’m sure that, given his position, bank account, and his age, most of us would do the same thing!

  5. bettykath, The odds do favor the house. That’s why they build big casinos and hotels! It’s first entertainment. But, there are the best odds in the house in craps. The best bet in the house is craps when you back up your pass/no pass bet. You get paid the ACTUAL odds on that bet. The house makes no money, and they allow you to increase your bet. Nobody wins in the long run. But if you’re smart, you can win..and win big, in the short run. What casinos hate is you come to the table, get hot, win big, and then go have dinner. The longer you stay, the more the odds favor the house. Dealers will talk you up and try to get you to stay. One must have discipline. I only have a drink or two when gambling. They don’t give you free drinks for altruistic reasons.

    1. By the way Nick… you can call me JAG…. most people do…. 🙂

      growing up…. I LOVED the horses…. betting sports….

      and when I could in my 20’s, I went to any casino I could find…

      Craps to me was the most fun… One time, I started with $5… and played for 22 hours strait…. walked away with $1,800 …..
      have had a few wins of $10,000 …. Caesars Palace was always VERY GOOD to me…. as well as Mirage….

      Black jack is also a good one, if you know how to play….

      there was a time when I would bet on where a fly would land, if I could get somebody to take the action…. 🙂

  6. justa, Being a lover of craps I have taught many people, mostly women, how to play the game. You know the setting, a type T woman is standing back watching the game. She can see the place where people are yelling and clapping..it’s the craps table. I have encouraged more women than I can count how to play the game. I had a good friend in college who was a math teacher in South Jersey. When gambling came into Atlantic City in the late 70’s they recruited math teachers for craps. He went from making 15k as a teacher to 50k as a craps dealer! I don’t want craps to become horse racing. My old man taught me about betting @ the track. Family vacations were @ Saratoga and the Cape. As a kid, I preferred the Cape, as I got older, Saratoga. Horse racing is dying. Craps has not grown in the last few decades..it’s blackjack and mindless slots. justa, I hope you keep an eye out for those folks watching the game behind you, and teach them the best game on the floor. Who taught you?

  7. ” I’m a craps player. One aspect of math that I understand on a profound level is probability.”

    hmmmm, I have to wonder about this. My understanding is that the odds favor the house.

  8. justagurl, I love Vegas. I’m a craps player. One aspect of math that I understand on a profound level is probability. So..I’m a craps player. I go to Vegas ~2 times a year. A few years ago a friend, who for some reason is a big Elvis fan[to each their own] decided to renew her vows @ an Elvis Chapel. What a hoot! I usually go to bed midnight in Vegas which allows me to miss the debauchery. My favorite time to play craps is in the morning..not too early, you get the all nighters @ the table, slobbering drunk.

    Could you get burgers @ that drive-thru or just married.

    1. hehehe…. No burgers…. just a VERY BAD marriage…

      I am also a craps player… THO, I usually play for 24 hours at a time… and have NEVER gone to sleep at midnight in Vegas…. or in my life, now that I think about it…. 🙂
      I LOVE Craps…. it is by FAR the best odds…. and I have been known to do very well…. 🙂

  9. I’m more disappointed in their continued participation in ‘blood sports’ than some naked frolicking.

  10. Princess Diana wanted her boys to grow up like normal kids.
    Looks like she got her wish.

  11. Some young guy got naked and partied in Vegas! Oh noes! What is this world coming to?

    I suppose next you’ll be saying someone gambled there, perhaps drank too much, hired a room full of hookers, got married for 48 hours and didn’t cut of his ex-wife’s head or maybe got mauled by a tiger.

    I’m sorry, but even with the “royal” family’s mildly entertaining but entirely ridiculous overreaction and incredible arrogance to think they are owed some kind of deference just because their parents screwed like their parents before them, I don’t see how any of this is news.

    1. Gene…

      hahaha… I did one of those… 🙂

      OK/.. actually… I did MOST of those…..

      I got drunk on my birthday there once….
      then 8 hours later married a guy at the drive up window….

      we were married for 7 years…..

  12. Put them all on a boat to Bermuda, seize all the Royal properties, close the House of Lards, and refuse to address anyone as My Lady, My Lard, my lass my lassie, and get a republic. And to the Brits who inhabit our airwaves with all their fruit talk, go home! You too Ries Morgan.

  13. Yes, “Back then” the press could be the purveyors of what they thought we had the right to know..Kennedy affairs, FDR’s wheelchair, etc. Again, as I said, I don’t totally disagree w/ you about.. However, I love the First Amendment and unless it means putting people @ risk, I’m pro more info than less. Ironically, I was upset when the press leaked about Harry being in combat. That jeopardized him and his brothers in arms. This is small potatoes..as it were. The Jeanie is out of the bottle, girl. If you don’t like it, don’t look @ it.

    1. I also believe in the First Amendment…. HOWEVER…. these days it is being USED and ABUSED….

      and yes… I was REALLY pissed when he was outed in Afghanistan….

      Cheers

      JAG..

      (just a gurl)

  14. firefly
    1, August 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    President Kennedy did many wild and reckless things even while president. Swimming naked in the White House pool, with women present, was just one of many pastimes for John F. Kennedy. He was just lucky, I guess, that it was a time when cell phone cameras weren’t available.

    Teddy and Bobby Kennedy were equally reckless; good thing many of their parties weren’t photographed.

    Rich and powerful people all over the world do wild and reckless things; it just seems to go with all that money and power.

    So, why are so may people so interested, in a negative way, in this one rich kid?

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    This is very true….

    That said…. The Rich USED to be far more fun to party with when they did not have to worry about cell phone cameras and such…. 😀

  15. The Royal family moved quickly to effectively bar British newspapers from publishing the photos under the English libel laws

    Can someone explain to me how someone, in this case Prince Harry, can be libeled by the publication of an undoctored photograph?

    I’ll reserve final judgment on this until I understand English law better, but my first impression is that must be a grossly overbroad libel law to cover this, and is the sort of thing that supporters of the First Amendment need to fight becoming the norm here.

  16. Seems it should be a private matter between Harry and the palace. Some security heads will probably roll. Obviously at least one person who wasn’t his friend was present. Even so, in this age of cell phones and the internet, if you don’t want your randy behavior to be seen by all, don’t do it.

    I don’t think Harry cares about the photos but omg what he’s going to get when he gets home! Kind of like when I did something I shouldn’ta oughta and my folks knew about it before I got home. Considering his Dad’s pretty open affair with Camilla while he was still married, they should give him a break.

    1. nick spinelli
      1, August 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm
      justa, How can you say you’re “not conservative” and then say you’re “old fashioned.” I’ve been lectured here by several folks pontificating that is incongruous.

      And, w/ the brit rags, this is their schtick whether one likes it or not. If nude photos of Winston Churchill were available in 40′s they would have been front page. Now..get that mental image out of your head.

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      I doubt that….

      There was more respect for peoples privacy back then…

      and as for my being “Old Fashioned” … did you NOT read the part where I missed people being wild and nobody caring as much….
      such as men womanizing…. Presidential affairs….. etc….

      these are hardly CONSERVATIVE things I list…

      Cheers…

      JAG

      aka Just a Gurl

  17. Young, good looking, Rich, Prince sowing some ‘Wild Oats’. Big Fricking Deal…………. Leave the kid alone…………

  18. President Kennedy did many wild and reckless things even while president. Swimming naked in the White House pool, with women present, was just one of many pastimes for John F. Kennedy. He was just lucky, I guess, that it was a time when cell phone cameras weren’t available.

    Teddy and Bobby Kennedy were equally reckless; good thing many of their parties weren’t photographed.

    Rich and powerful people all over the world do wild and reckless things; it just seems to go with all that money and power.

    So, why are so may people so interested, in a negative way, in this one rich kid?

  19. The thing that makes it difficult for me is that in that photo Harry looks so much like Opie.

    Good thing Andy doesn’t pack heat, cause Auntie Bee would be into some kinda stinging rebuke.

    Another problem is that the chick could get pregnant because she was not raped.

    Is he married yet?

  20. SlingTrebuchet 1, August 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    “But is it necessary to say things like that about Harry if he is known for the other things justa was mentioning? ”

    There is a saying:
    “You are only as good as the last thing you did.”
    =======================================
    A tad morbid Sling … how about “You are only as good as the previous thing you did” … ?

    Harry was doin’ some hairy humpin’ previously … it was only previous for heaven sake dood. 😉

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