It seems what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas, at least for royalty. Photos of a bare-assed Prince Harry are making the rounds online after a weekend party included a game of strip billiards.
TMZ has posted two exclusive photos on its website saying Harry, who was staying in a VIP suite at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas last weekend, had gone down the hotel bar with a large group of friends. They apparently hooked up with several women and headed back to the room. TMZ says the party included a game of strip pool that ended in some of the guests buck naked, including his Highness.
It seems some of the partiers had their cameras with them and started clicking photos that have now ended up online. In one, Prince Harry is seen in his royal glory, cupping his genitals while an apparently topless woman stands behind him. In another, a nude Harry and a woman are bear-hugging.
So far the royal press office is keeping mum about the photos with no official comment yet but the Daily Mail reports that officials confirm that the photos are genuine.
The London Metropolitan police officer, who used to be in charge of protecting the royals, tells The Telegraph, the photos demonstrate just how difficult it can be to protect a young member of the Royal Family. And Dai Davies says it raises questions about the cost to the taxpayer. "We're paying huge amounts of money for this young man to be followed everywhere he goes by security." Davies says it costs more than £120 million a year ($190 million USD) to protect the royals. He says it can be a "nightmare" trying to protect royals who love to party but adds that since Harry is such a "lovely man", his security team isn't likely to get angry about the Vegas bash. "He's a young man with lots of testosterone but there is a balance and occasionally that balance slips."
But that isn't the only partying Harry did while in Vegas, after hosting a charity event.
The New York Daily News has exclusive video of Prince Harry at a pool party Monday night around 3am, with about 5000 revellers, at the same hotel. He jumped in fully clothed and decided to challenge US Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte in a short race. Lochte counted to three and, not surprisingly, easily beat the 27-year old prince. They both hugged and then continued to party. Lochte was in Vegas celebrating his 28th birthday.
The NY Daily News reports that on Saturday night the partying prince, wearing a pair of red swim trunks and a fedora, hung out at MGM Grand's Wet Republic pool party, hosted by Jennifer Lopez.