On the flip side, a lot of people are cutting him some slack – he’s a young man, sowing his wild oats. Isn’t he fun?
Aside from public opinion on what’s appropriate behavior and what isn’t, let’s look at the fact of the matter – something could’ve gone horribly wrong.
Here we have a young lad who is completely fine with getting naked with strangers. Apparently, he has no qualms about ending up largely defenseless. He comes off looking like a ripe target for blackmail. Or worse, kidnapping. His friends were a part of all of this, too, but if they were just as drunk and silly, what good are they?
While this incident certainly does no favors for Harry in the discretion department, it certainly doesn’t make his bodyguards look too quick, either. I blame the prince for reckless behavior, but I also blame his security detail.
Harry is a prince, the grandson of a queen and son of a future king. Those they employ to protect them must know that there are legions of people ready to take advantage of them. I wonder how much that sneaky snapper was paid for their photos? How about the video? Who might possibly try to come forward with a little redheaded Harry, Jr. looking for money? Prince Albert of Monaco could give Harry a few tips on what not to do with random women!
What about someone looking to nab Harry as a ransom? Just because Harry is a strapping male doesn’t mean he’s completely safe. Drink and hormones can weaken a fun-lovin’ boy’s defenses to the point where anything could happen. This time it was just some sneaky photos. Harry could potentially end up creating another Profumo-style scandal if he’s this reckless. Better hope that the Cambridges put a lot of room between Harry and the throne at this rate.
It’s not security’s job to make moral judgements, their job is to keep their charge safe. I do think they failed on this one. They got lucky in that Harry is just embarrassed. Next time, the ending might not be quite so jolly, for him or the nation. Someone is going to have to draw a line somewhere, whether their boss likes it or not.
• Does Harry have the last word on his personal security?
• What if someone had brought a gun?
• People were after Harry for DNA to prove Charles’ paternity. I guess this isn’t an issue anymore?
• What changes will be made after this?