Charlotte Church, Prince Harry

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Charlotte Church is fighting for Prince Harry's right to party. In private.

The Welsh singer has spoken out in defense of the embattled royal's clothes-eschewing, not-so-lost Las Vegas weekend and blasted both The Sun and media mogul turned hypocritical fence-jumper extraordinaire Rupert Murdoch for breaking ranks with the British press and running the prince's infamous naked photos.

"The pictures were available on the net if you wanted to see them and if you wanted to form your own opinion," Church told BBC Wales in explaining her opposition to the tabloid's decision to run the shots. "I don't think they needed to go that step further to print them.

"It was a private hotel room. I think it was an invasion of his privacy."

She's not the only one, as more than 850 public complaints have been lobbed against The Sun in the wake of the photos' publication.


"I'm not a royalist, I don't sit on either side of the fence," Church explained.

What she is is a celebrity who knows of what she speaks. Earlier this year, the 26-year-old testified in Britain's Leveson inquiry into media and press ethics after it emerged that her cell phone was hacked when she was just 16 years old. She ultimately accepted roughly $950,000 in damages from Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World for the invasion.

In any case, her defense of Harry comes after Murdoch defended his decision to print the pictures before bizarrely doubling back on his stance and tweeting out that the media should "give him a break." Um, so much for practicing what you preach.

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