Great Moments in Fleet Street History
The Independent reports on how one British newspaper initially dealt with the question of whether to publish two recent, ahem, photographs of Prince Harry:
On one side ranged St James’s Palace, the Press Complaints Commission and the shadow of Lord Leveson, busy drawing up recommendations on the future regulation of newspapers. On the other lay the most talked-about pictures in the world: juicy images of the party-loving third-in-line to the throne, stark naked, promising a summer windfall guaranteed to rack up web hits and boost tabloid sales. But where editors would once have cried “publish and be damned” and argued their case in court, on this occasion – at least initially – they reluctantly bowed to legal warnings not to publish pictures of a naked Prince Harry.
… In Thursday’s edition, in place of the originals, The Sun “mocked-up” the images on its front page, asking a 21-year-old undertaking work experience, Sophie Henderson, to strip and pose with picture editor Harry Miller. A caption said the pair had been “happy to strip” but the image, after initially appearing on the paper’s website, was removed. Henderson tweeted: “lol 5 mins of fame #cringin”. The paper said that the intern had not been placed under any pressure to strip for the camera and the picture had been published online “in error”.
The Guardian notes:
Miller and Henderson issued a statement late on Thursday confirming they were happy to have taken their clothes off for the paper.
“For anyone worried about whether we were forced against our will to strip off, we are pleased to be able to set the record straight. Please be assured, there is no cover-up at Wapping. It was a bit of harmless fun and we were delighted to have played our part in making the readers laugh,” they said in a statement issued by the company.
The Sun published the real pictures (NSFW – and not safe for Windsor either) today. @Harry #cringin, @Shakespeare #PrinceHal.