DN Editorial: DIRTY HARRY DOES LAS VEGAS

Posted: August 24, 2012

IN THE LATEST royal scandal, naked photos of Prince Harry - without his crown but apparently very much with his scepter - were posted by the website TMZ; the pix were taken in Las Vegas during a night that included a game of "naked billiards."

We thought the naked bike ride was gross. Naked billiards? Eeew.

Second, while this is a particularly delicious chapter in the history of royal scandals, it bears reminding that the actual history of royal scandals goes back at least a thousand years (in the case of British monarchies, anyway). As anyone with even a glancing knowledge of history knows, a few naked pictures are pretty tame compared with the spousal beheadings, sisterly poisonings, overthrows of religion and out-of-wedlock children that have marked royalty's failure to be good role models for us peasants. Today's scandals - Diana's toe-sucking, Charles' lewd notes - suggest that while civilization may have evolved, bad behavior has just gotten more juvenile.

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