Just when you thought the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce scanal occupied 100 percent of British tabloid attention, photographs of Prince Harry in a "friendly" embrace with a TV presenter are at the center of tension between the tabloid press and the Royal Family, Britain's Telegraph reports.
The Sun newspaper recently published pictures of the Prince that it claimed were taken in a nightclub this summer. A front page picture, printed under the headline "Dirty Harry," showed the prince kissing and fondling Natalie Pinkham, 28, a friend who has worked for ITV4.
The accompanying story quoted "a fellow reveller at the club" as saying that Harry "will probably be in big trouble with Chelsy now."
Certainly, the paper asserted, this debacle leaves Prince Harry with a little explaining to do as far as his girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, is concerned.
Harry's older brother Prince William, also appears drinking cocktails and chatting with girls in the background of some of the pictures, part of a photo spread titled "The Booze Brothers" that shows the pair in the South Kensington nightclub Boujis.
The newspaper was humiliatingly forced to eat its words last night after Clarence House pointed out that the pictures were taken three years ago, long before Prince Harry began dating Miss Davy, his lady friend of Zimbabwean heritage.
Moreover, they were set at a different nightclub.