Lauren Collins on Prince Harry and press freedom in Britain: http://nyr.kr/TZKr7x
I was going to spare you all any mention of Prince Harry. But today His Highness’s adventures in Vegas became political, as the Sun, in likely contravention of the Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice, which forbids “intrusions into an individual’s private life,” and in definite contravention of the royal family’s wishes, as articulated by the law firm Harbottle & Lewis, published a set of pictures that, as everyone knows by now, show a naked Prince Harry cuddling a female companion while watching television and cupping his genitals…
Photograph by Rex Features/AP Images.
“In the United Kingdom, a paper must show that there is a “public interest” in order to publish information that would otherwise be considered private. Harry’s courtiers argue that the pictures are an invasion of his privacy and, as his late mother’s friend Rosa Monckton asserted yesterday, that the prince—a young, single soldier with plenty of “steam” to burn off—ought to be allowed to party unbothered. Nobody really seems to begrudge Harry the occasional bender. But his camp’s position highlights the fundamental problem of the Windsor monarchy: they gorge on the perks of their position, jamming to will.i.am and snapping up free seats to watch beach volleyball (on top of an estimated three hundred million dollars of taxpayers’ money), but they shun accountability. They are representatives of the public when it suits them, and private citizens when it does not.”
<3 you, Lauren Collins.
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