Prince Harry "in Trouble" After Shocking Naked Photos Surface

Celebrity News Aug. 22, 2012 AT 8:30AM
Prince Harry departs the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 5, 2012 in London, England. Prince Harry departs the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 5, 2012 in London, England. Credit: Danny Martindale/WireImage.com

Naughty spare heir!

Prince Harry is in hot water after TMZ posted naked photos of the single British royal, 27, partying in a Las Vegas hotel room last weekend.

 "This is a mess," a source close to Harry tells Us Weekly. "This was not the type of fun he was supposed to be having. He's in trouble."

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But the third-in-line to the British throne isn't the only culpable party in the debacle.

"Protection officers are also in trouble because they could have controlled this," the source explains of the pics, in which Harry and others (including an apparently nude young woman) were playing "strip pool."

But a second source close to the party-hearty redhead shrugs off the birthday suit brouhaha.

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"He's a lad!" the second insider says. "This is just him messing about on holiday. No one was hurt, he's on proper vacation from his work, so he's not breaking any rules. He's using his own money."

And however shocking the snapshots appear, "The photos look sleazier than they are," the source continues. "They were playing strip billiards."

It's not the first time Harry has been photographed in a less-than-dignified light. Back in 2005, he attended a costume party wearing a Nazi swastika armband, later apologizing for the "poor choice of costume."

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One royal watcher who's not applauding the naked snapshots? His more mild-mannered big brother.

"William was told about the photos this morning," a third royal insider tells Us of Kate Middleton's hubby, 30. "He's not impressed."

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