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Prince Harry Naked Photo Scandal: Britain's Top Cop Explains Why Royal's Security Failed to Intervene

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The royal family may be keen to put Prince Harry's naked photo scandal both behind them and as far out of the headlines as possible, but, well, no matter how many touching orchid-naming ceremonies Prince William and Kate Middleton attend, that's just not going to happen.

Especially when Britain's top cop, aka Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, had a hot date with Parliament to discuss the incident.

In particular, discussing why, oh why, the royal's security detail didn't deign to step in and stop the shenanigans before they reached their regrettable end.

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His response was quite simple: Police who are charged with guarding the royal family are there to maintain safety, law and order. While Prince Harry's antics may have taken a turn for the unseemly, at no time was he unsafe, or breaking the law. Thus, no intervention.

"There is a golden line that cannot be crossed, which is getting involved in the social lives of the principals," he told parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee today in defense of the protection officers who opted not to step in once the prince stripped down and the camera phones came out.

"Our role is to maintain the security of the protected individual. They have to lead a normal life and we have to strike a balance between intrusion into their life and keeping them safe.

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"There was nothing inappropriate and what appeared in photographs to be wrong was not as appeared."

Depends on whose definition of wrong he's using, to be honest.

In any case, while Scotland Yard continues to review the incident, the 27-year-old has put the mess behind him and is currently at the start of a far more serious four-month deployment in Afghanistan's Camp Bastion.

Clothes on or off, Prince Harry isn't bad to look at—check him out in our Royal and Rugged gallery

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