Harry to make first public appearance post-Vegas

Prince Harry watches track cycling during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Photo / AP
Prince Harry watches track cycling during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Photo / AP

Britain's Prince Harry will next week make his first public appearance since nude photographs of him in a Las Vegas hotel room flooded the internet, it's been announced.

The prince will cheer on swimmers at the Paralympic Games on Monday local time and will later meet with British competitors in London.

However, a St James's Palace spokesman stressed that the prince's timetable was open to change.

Harry is an official ambassador of ParalympicsGB, but will not be joining Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and his wife Katherine at Wednesday's opening ceremony.

Harry, 27, was photographed naked with a mystery woman during a game of "strip billiards" in a Las Vegas hotel suite.

The images, first published on a US website last Wednesday, rapidly went viral and caused a furore in Britain.

The Sun is the only British newspaper to have published the nude snaps of Harry, in defiance of orders from the royal family to respect the prince's privacy and refrain from printing them.

- AFP

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