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It's been more than a month since images of Harry's crazy, clothes-less Las Vegas hotel room party have hit the web. The 27-year-old is now opting to not pursue the complaint he filed with England's Press Complaints Commission (PCC) after The Sun reprinted the scandalous photos, and a palace official explains why.
"We remain of the opinion that a hotel room is a private space where its occupants would have a reasonable expectation of privacy," a St. James' Palace spokesperson tells Us Weekly. "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 spokesperson continues, "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."
These comments are markedly similar to the ones the palace made after topless photos of Kate Middleton emerged from a recent vacation with Prince William. Though the Royal Family did pursue legal action in that situation -- and won! -- their mentality is that what happens in private should remain private.
"Their royal highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner," said a statement from the palace released at the time. "Their royal highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them."
Still, maybe the Royals should start being a little more careful about where they're taking their clothes off.