The Press Complaints Commission has decided against investigating the publication of naked pictures of Prince Harry by The Sun last month, which sparked 3,800 complaints by the public.
The Sun, which followed The Drum’s lead in publishing the pictures after the UK press resisted, despite their widespread availability online, will not face any punishment, even though the PCC highlighted the concerns of the Prince’s representatives over publishing the pictures on privacy grounds to editors.
The pictures of the Prince playing Strip Billiards, were taken on a camera phone while he was holidaying in Las Vegas.
The PCC concluded that while it has informed editors of the concerns, this did not mean they were prohibited from publishing the pictures.
The statement from the PCC said; “The Commission is grateful to the many members of the public who have contacted it to express concerns about The Sun's coverage but has concluded that it would be inappropriate for it to open an investigation at this time for the reasons above.”
It had been suggested by others within the media, that the publication of the pictures could see Lord Leveson choose a harder line when making his assessment of the workings of the press later this year following his investigation into the methods that the media in the UK undertakes in its reporting.