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Palace will not pursue action over naked Prince Harry photos

10:56 AM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry attend the Diamond Jubilee concert in London on June 4, 2012.
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(USA TODAY) The royal family was royally ticked off when UK tabloid The Sun published the famous TMZ photos of naked Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas.

Naked photo of partying Prince Harry surface in Las Vegas

But palace officials will not pursue a complaint with the British media watchdog commission, a St. James's spokesman says, reports AP.

Even though other UK media outlets respects a request by the palace not to publish the images, The Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. empire, had argued that there was "a clear public interest" in allowing its readers to see the images.

The Press Complaints Commission said it would be inappropriate for it to take action in the absence of a formal complaint by palace officials. On Thursday, the commission said the palace decided to drop the matter.

"Prince Harry is currently focused entirely on his deployment in Afghanistan, so to pursue a complaint relating to his private life would not be appropriate at this time and would prove to be a distraction," the palace spokesman said.

"We have concluded that it would not be prudent to pursue the matter further, and we will have no further comment to make about the matter."

The palace did, however, file a lawsuit and criminal complaint in France against a magazine that ran topless pictures of Prince William's wife, Kate.

Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

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