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10.01.1210:39 AM ET

Harry Drops Complaint Over Naked Pics

The two approaches to dealing with unauthorised pictures of oneself naked appearing in the global media are well-illustrated by the young royals.

While Kate and William are pursuing legal action against the photographer responsible, Prince Haryy has decided to let the matter drop, with a spokesperson saying a legal fight with the Sun newspaper, which published the pictures in the UK, would be a 'distraction'.

NWK Caption: A copy of The Sun newspaper featuring a picture of a naked Prince Harry is seen in a shop in London August 24, 2012.  The Sun tabloid on Friday published photographs of Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas, becoming the first British publication to defy a request from the royal family's lawyers.  REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA) -- IPTC Caption: A copy of The Sun newspaper featuring a picture of a naked Prince Harry is seen in a shop in London August 24, 2012.  The Sun tabloid on Friday published photographs of Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas, becoming the first British publication to defy a request from the royal family's lawyers.  REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA)
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The news that Harry has decided to move on from the naked pictures controversy came via St James's palace spokesman:

"Having considered the matter now for a number of weeks, we have decided not to pursue a complaint with the PCC on behalf of Prince Harry in respect of the photos of the Prince taken in Las Vegas…We remain of the opinion that a hotel room is a private space where its occupants would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

"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.

"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."