It's been just about five months since nude photos of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas surfaced, rocking Buckingham Palace and the world. So now that the 28-year-old royal has had some time to think it over, what does he have to say about the controversy?
"At the end of the day, I probably let myself down [in Vegas]. I let my family down, I let other people down," he said in a recent interview.
The third in line to the throne has just finished his four-month military deployment in Afghanistan, so it makes sense that he's had some time to gain a little perspective. In fact, he says the army may have just made him feel a little too down to earth. Luckily, he has his father Prince Charles to bring him back to reality. "My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that. But it’s very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the Army. Everyone’s wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing ... Certain people remind me, 'Remember who you are, so don’t always drop your guard,'" he said.
Fortunately, Harry isn't too hard on himself. The infamous party boy faced numerous leaked stories from his Vegas romp, including tales of naked drunken kisses and an ensuing British Secret Service drama. The media circus was not exactly what the uncle-to-be could have anticipated, he says: "I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect. Back at home, all my close friends rallied around me and were great."
For what it's worth, Harry, we think you've turned out just fine since the incident. And, hey, who are we to judge you for having a little fun with the commoners now and then? In fact, you summed it up the best:
"It was probably a classic case of me being too much Army and not enough prince. It’s a simple case of that." Amen to that.
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