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Angry Murdoch used Harry photos to defy Leveson - Press - Media - The Independent

An angry Rupert Murdoch ordered The Sun to publish pictures of a naked Prince Harry against the wishes of the Royal Family because he wanted to send a warning shot to Lord Justice Leveson, sources said yesterday.

The owner of the red-top phoned the News International chief executive Tom Mockridge from New York on Thursday amid suggestions that The Sun and other papers did not carry the photos for fear of recriminations in the Leveson report.

When the images emerged on Wednesday, St James's Palace asked the Press Complaints Commission to tell editors it did not want them published, and all British papers abided by the request on Thursday. But on Friday, The Sun carried a picture of a naked Prince Harry, taken during a game of strip pool in his hotel suite in Las Vegas last weekend, raising questions over why the paper changed its stance.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Aug 25th, 2012 at 09:38:49 PM EST
Why would publishing pictures of Harry's naked butt send a message to Leveson?

One of them Brit things us benighted colonialist won't understand?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 25th, 2012 at 09:43:47 PM EST
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Well the argument is, pretty much that its murdoch saying I don't care what you come up with, we will not be regulated, and so plastering Royals, at a private party in a private space for no reason over the front page is as big a fuck you as he could come up with

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Aug 25th, 2012 at 10:27:52 PM EST
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Murdoch has delusions of power.  The Royal Family, if they really wanted to, has actual power and could squash him like a bug.  Granted it would take a talented politician ... with brains ... which does rule out the current Ruling Family ...

But.  Still.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 25th, 2012 at 10:57:57 PM EST
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Didn't the whole News international affair start with a journalist using the mailbox hack on a royal?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 04:51:22 AM EST
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hacking several royal staff, but the House of Windsor were the only people who could get the Metropolitan police to take any action, although several people were thinking the same was occurring to them.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 07:49:07 AM EST
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The EU contains 7 constitutional monarchies: Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In terms of national and international branding only, my guess is that most of the European monarchies offer a good return on investment. They also offer a national perception of permanence and continuity in contrast to the impermanence of cyclical political power.

The Murdoch dynastic aspirations have been an attempt to combine the two opposites.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 06:49:40 AM EST
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Not to mention the royal family has some excellent PR people. Compare "approval ratings" now with 15 years ago.
(I'd says the royals and the UK tabloids deserve each other, but no one deserves UK tabloids.)


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by Number 6 on Tue Aug 28th, 2012 at 07:39:16 AM EST
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But I'm assuming -- perhaps incorrectly -- one of the attendees leaked the photos to TMZ.  At that point, it's not really private anymore.  It's "Don't take your clothes off in front of people with cameras."

Personally I don't think Harry should care.  He's a goofy twentysomething being a goofy twentysomething.  Granted, he's doing it with a lot more money than most people, but I suspect you'd find many people doing similarly stupid stuff when they go on vacations with their friends, especially to places like Vegas and NOLA.

FSM help me, but I agreed with Boris's take:

"I think it'd be disgraceful if a chap wasn't allowed to have a bit of fun in Las Vegas. The real scandal would be if you went all the way to Las Vegas and you didn't misbehave in some trivial way."


Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 08:10:50 AM EST
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Yes, It's a fake outrage. and if Rupert and a few other papers weren't misplaying it it would be a nothing story.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Aug 26th, 2012 at 08:33:44 AM EST
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