Oh Prince Harry, you wild boy.
Harry turned up in Las Vegas over the weekend, and as if in a scene from the next Hangover movie, the British royal prince ended up in, well, compromising positions.
Of course, Harry probably knew the risk existed when he, as the naked, hot (that’s how girls describe him) prince, shed his clothes and got down with some hot, naked girls. Everyone on the planet from average Joes to rock stars and royalty have cell phones with cameras and social media accounts. Queen Elizabeth may live in a bubble, but Harry is a modern prince in the modern age
No, Harry – very much like many royals before him – doesn’t care. What will happen to him? The Queen won’t kick him out of the royal family, and he won’t get fired from his job. Harry serves in the military, which has reportedly leaked that the prince will be reprimanded for his actions in Vegas. Yawn.
A blog on The Guardian called for stripping – pun intended – Harry of his royal status. Good luck with that campaign. Are we really supposed to express faux outrage about Harry’s wild time in a city that touts itself as a vacation spot where “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?” After all, Britain’s royal family has been found in numerous steamy, shall we say, situations, for centuries.
But you don’t have to search through the history books to find such sticky wickets with the royal family. The modern royals are thoroughly well-versed in scandal.
Take Harry’s father, Prince Charles. He found himself in the tabloids a couple of decades ago when he reportedly said to Camilla Parker Bowles, now his wife, “I want to be reincarnated as your tampon.”
His uncle, Prince Andrew, has repeatedly gotten in trouble with women and finances. Harry’s great aunt, Princess Margaret, was a party girl who took lovers and didn’t care. She, like Harry, was in the same position – a royal who would never reign over the empire, but because of the family tree couldn’t live a normal life.
This isn’t Harry’s first faux pas. Remember his infamous Nazi misstep in which he wore a swastika armband to a party? He has reportedly not always been politically correct while talking about his foreign comrades in the Army. He is far from the proper gent that his brother, Prince William, appears to be. But then again, one day, William will be the king, and Harry? Well, he’ll likely be wooing girls half his age, representing the royal family at splashy events like he recently did at the Olympics and dipping his toes in trouble like the rock star royal that he is.
Aside from his royal status, Harry, 27, is also a millennial, that generation of twenty-somethings and teenagers who hide little and don’t shy away from splashing the most personal details of their lives online. Various media outlets, especially in Britain, scolded Harry, saying he should be old enough to know better. Certainly, he should, but the millennials are a bragging generation. If they do something wicked and wild, they want their peers to know about it as soon as possible.
They almost want to get discovered whether it’s sending naughty sexts, indulging in drugs or driving while intoxicated. No vices or secrets are off limits.
Harry returned to London on Tuesday night for, as various media outlets reported, a reprimand or two from the queen and his military superiors. Here’s predicting he’ll take his medicine with a stiff upper lip and that charming wicked gleam in his eyes.
Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt.” Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker