(NEW YORK) — Pictures of a naked Prince Harry at a Las Vegas hotel that surfaced online are real, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
TMZ posted photos overnight of the prince playing pool in a hotel suite room fully naked. In one of the photos, reportedly taken on Friday, Harry is seen standing and covering his genitals with his hand. An unidentified woman, who also appears to be naked, is standing behind him.
In another photo, the 27-year-old prince is bear-hugging a naked woman.
Prince Harry has been on holiday with friends, letting off steam before the next phase of his military duties, sources told ABC News.
The palace said it won’t be making any further comments about the nude photos.
“Everybody knows better than to party naked in a room full of strangers without confiscating the cellphones. That’s just Hollywood 101,” said ABC News public relations consultant Howard Bragman of Reputation.com. “There’s always deniability, but once the photos are taken, you’re caught.”
Harry’s time in Las Vegas had been low-key. Harry and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte faced off Monday in a swimming battle at a pool party, according to video obtained by the New York Daily News. The impromptu faceoff occurred at the XS Nightclub pool at the Wynn Hotel. Lochte can be seen in the video raising his hands in victory, just as if he’d defeated former rival Michael Phelps for gold.
Harry, third in line to the British throne, has been in Vegas since the weekend. The prince was spotted on Saturday chilling out a few bungalows away at a pool party Jennifer Lopez hosted at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic, according to People magazine.
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