Murdoch's Sun newspaper defies royals by printing naked Prince Harry pics

  • Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid became the first British newspaper to print naked pictures of Prince Harry in Las Vegas.

    Newspapers around the world have published the images of Queen Elizabeth's grandson with an unnamed woman after they appeared on U.S. gossip website TMZ.com on Wednesday.

    However, the British media had agreed to comply with a request from lawyers acting for the royal family to respect the privacy of the prince.

    The Sun, part of the British arm of Murdoch's News Corp, decided to go against the accord on Friday, publishing a photo on its front page of the naked prince covering his genitals with his hands while a nude woman hides behind his back in his Las Vegas hotel room.

    The top-selling tabloid said the issue had become one of "the freedom of the press".

    "This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world on the Internet but can't be seen in the nation's favorite paper," said David Dinsmore, managing editor of the Sun.

    The Sun defended its decision saying there was a genuine public interest in publishing the photos as Harry is third in line to the throne and the photos raised concerns over his security and personal image.