In a disarmingly honest new interview, Prince Harry admits he let his family down when his wild antics in Las Vegas last August, resulted in naked pictures emerging.
‘”It was probably a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough prince. It’s a simple case of that,” he said during an interview at his military base at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
The 28-year-old was photographed during a game of strip billiards in his hotel suite at the Wynn hotel with friends and a group of women they had met. Those embarrassing pictures soon found their way to the media and inevitably were picked up by media outlets around the world.
And Harry concedes that he let a lot of people down with his lack of judgement.
“At the end of the day I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down,” he said. “But at the end of the day I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect.”
“Back home all my close friends rallied round me and were great,” he added.
One thing that does become evident throughout this new interview, is Harry’s disdain and mistrust of the media, which is understandable given the way his mother, Princess Diana, died.
“I don’t believe there is such a thing as a private life any more … I am not going to sit here and whinge [but] there’s the internet, there’s Twitter.
“Everyone’s phone has a camera on it now. You can’t move an inch without people judging you, that’s the way life goes,” he said.
Asked how far his mistrust of the media goes back, Harry was blunt: “I think it’s fairly obvious how far back it goes. It’s when I was very small.”
He also brought up again the issue of privacy when discussing his joy over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby news.
“Obviously I’m thrilled for both of them, it’s about time and I can’t wait to be an uncle,” he said.
“I think it’s very unfair they were forced to publicise it when they were, but that’s just the media for you.
“I’m literally am very, very happy, but I just only hope she and him, but mainly Catherine, gets the necessary protection to allow her, as a mother-to-be, to enjoy the privacy that comes with it. I seriously hope that’s going to be able to happen,” he added.
Interestingly, Harry revealed that he does read things that are written about him, despite his father, Prince Charles, warning him not to read that “rubbish”.
“Of course, if something is written about me I want to know what is said,” he said.
And when it comes to love, Harry hopes he will find someone who understands the pressure of royal duty and living life under the media microscope.
“If you find the right person and everything feels right, then it takes time, especially for myself and my brother. You ain’t ever going to find someone who’s going to jump into the position that it would hold. Simple as that,” he said candidly.
Watch Harry discuss the embarrassing incident and royal life here…