The royal security officers on Prince Harry’s present staff are a joke. If they can’t do any better than to allow Harry to experience perhaps the most embarrassing moment of his life they should all be terminated. There was a time when the call would be “off with their heads,” but we live in a different day. I bet the royal security officers all really want to be on Harry’s detail, because Harry has the most fun. But even then… horrible, terrible staff work. Of course Harry should be blamed and punished… but good God, he needs better people around him too! The bottom line is he should fire his security staff and hire another more competent one.
If Harry is so important to the Crown and if they pay the security staff to protect him, I can’t think for the life of me, how was it possible for people to video tape the Prince. In his position there is just one way people should have been allowed to take pictures and video Harry. He had to be the one that gave the order or he stopped his bodyguards from doing their job. There can’t be any other reason. Think about it! So that begs the question: why was Prince Harry allowed to be butt naked and vulnerable? Were his bodyguards incompetent or did her order them not to do their jobs.
Let’s take it step by step.
Why didn’t the prince’s protection team confiscate cellphones from everyone present so that no one could take pictures like that?
Is it tackier to play strip billiards, or to sell photos of a famous person playing strip billiards to a tabloid Web site? (The answer to that is the latter.)
How many times can we read or hear the same “What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas” joke from various media outlets? (Answer: infinite.)
And, finally, should we, the international public at large, care that Harry decided to have a good time on vacation by shedding, at least for a period of time, his clothes?
A piece in the Telegraph argues that while this incident may not matter much in isolation, Harry should adjust his behavior accordingly going forward: “To everything there is a season, and the season for widespread indulgence of Harry’s youthful antics might be gradually drawing to a close,” writes columnist Jenny McCartney. “I hope he is smart enough to recognise it, and — in the meantime — to ensure that fellow players in any spontaneous game of ‘strip billiards’ leave their mobile phones at the hotel room door.”
Others say he’s a guy in his 20s and should be allowed to live it up without being judged.
A London woman told the AP: “I’ve got kids. They do things like that. He’s a lad, for God’s sake.”
A lad,yes. But a lad who is seen as a representative of the royal family, even when he’s inside a hotel suite with some hot babes during what appears to be a private moment. Does that mean that Harry,or any famous figure, is never allowed to enjoy a raging night of fun? Not at all. But I think it means, fairly or not, that there are limits to how far they should let their fun go unless they are 100 percent, lockdown-certain that everyone in the room would never try to make a buck by sharing a compromising photo or leaking an unflattering anecdote. Which is a tough thing to be certain of, by the way, unless non-disclosure agreements are signed just before the first break in strip billiards.
This morning, the Twitter feed for NPR’s “Monkey See” blog expressed concern over the humorous way in which Harry’s embarrassing episode was being reported and made a connection between this story and the sad death of Princess Diana.
“Like, ‘How hilarious that this guy who lost his mother in a chase with paparazzi can’t trust anybody not to sell pictures of him. TEE HEE,’ one update said.
It was a sobering point. It is incredibly unfortunate that the boy who lost his mother because of relentless photo snappers is, as he has been before, now a man who is frequently, aggressively snapped himself. But it’s also the same reason that at this stage, Prince Harry should know better than to tempt tabloid fate.
Now there is one more incident that I found interesting. A 32-year-old, British-born woman named Carrie Reichert, saying she was one of those who partied with Prince Harry in his VIP Las Vegas hotel suite on the night of his infamous strip billiards game, has stepped forward to reveal her side of the events of that night. Here again, Prince Harry is butt naked and vulnerable; another case of incompetent bodyguards.
“It wasn’t romantic, just fun,” Reichert is quoted by the Mirror as telling the U.K. publication The People. “He was so wasted, the alcohol affected him. I was there for 15 to 20 minutes.”
According to the write-up, Reichert, a San Diego, Calif., beautician, was personally selected along with nine other young women to join the party before the third in line to the throne, 27, personally picked her to be alone with him.
“We kissed, he was naked at the time, and pretty open,” she is reported as saying. The story also says she first saw the prince earlier in the evening at the pool of their hotel, the Encore at Wynn.
“I was born in England and I’m pretty familiar with the royal family, but I didn’t know the guys he was with,” she is quoted as saying. “I was the only one who knew who he was. Everybody else was like, ‘Who’s that?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Prince Harry.’ ”
She says that later a member of the prince’s entourage approached her to see if she’d like to join the penthouse party. “I’m not going to pass an opportunity to party with Prince Harry,” she recalls as her response to what she termed a “random” invitation.
With the alcohol flowing and the party in full swing, there was no security check, she said.
“Harry was already undressed. It was just crazy. He looked actually delirious. There was a pool table and he was playing air guitar with pool sticks,” she said. “He was screaming out, ‘Somebody get me a glove! I’m going to do a Michael Jackson impression!’ ”
She described him as giving “random naked hugs” and being “really friendly.”
The woman seen clutching and being clutched by Harry in the photos “was kind of shy and very timid,” according to Reichert. “I didn’t catch her name as we were all drinking.” Reichert did say she was American, as well as “very slender, really cute and pretty, kind of shy and she also seemed really drunk.”
The scene, she said, “was not like an orgy going on, it was just sexy naked. It was like almost a game. He was trying to get everybody to get naked. That was the whole point of him being naked.”
Of her own interaction with Harry, Reichert said, “We kissed for 15 to 20 minutes. … We kissed again and he said, ‘That was great.’
As for how it ended, “He told me I was beautiful and gorgeous, which was sweet,” she said. “Then we kind of nonchalantly returned to the party and kept drinking.”
Now I like fun just like the next person but, the Prince’s Guards really need to get their act together.
No matter how I size things up, Prince Harry’s bodyguards appear to not be doing their jobs. And then this Reichert, she’s a problem. No one that new of the prince should have been allowed in the party. She made the case herself when she said that no one else knew who he was except her.