Despite UK newspapers not printing the nude photos of Prince Harry following a request from St James's Palace via Press Complaints Commission, national tabloid The Sun published the pictures, arguing that it was done in the interest of the public.
Prince Harry was caught on camera in his birthday suit with an unknown girl in Las Vegas this weekend at his Sin City hotel VIP suite.
Despite the Press Complaints Commission's warning against printing the photos, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid published one of the nude photos of the Prince, three days after TMZ exposed the pictures.
Explaining why the tabloid decided to print the photo, The Sun wrote: "These are hardly the acts of a man jealously guarding his privacy. And, sadly for Harry, what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas."
"The Prince Harry pictures are a crucial test of Britain's free Press. It is absurd that in the internet age newspapers like The Sun could be stopped from publishing stories and pictures already seen by millions on the free-for-all that is the web," it added.
TMZ reported that Prince Harry went full monty during a game of strip billiards with girls at his hotel suite on Friday night. People present in the hotel got hold of the controversial photos, which were published by the American gossip site.
In one of the photos the Prince is seen covering his private parts with his hands while an unidentified girl clinches him from the back. The other photo shows his bare butt with his frontal pressing against a girl.
Harry, who was on leave from military duties, had a gala time in Las Vegas last week. After Friday night party with some pretty girls in his hotel suite, he went to Wet Republic party at the MGM Grand hotel on Saturday, and then headed to XS nightclub on Sunday before packing for home on Tuesday.