The appearance of the Prince Harry photographs in The Sun has nothing to do with ‘press freedom,’ ‘informed debate,’ ‘public interest’ or any other pompous motives attributed to their publication.
It is the first example of Rupert Murdoch getting his own back on the British establishment.
News International has deservedly suffered months of public humiliation and commercial embarrassment for its phone-hacking activities – and the Dirty Digger has taken it personally.
His permission would have been required for these images to be published – and he will have seen it as an opportunity for a bit of payback. It’s a pity The Sun didn’t use the headline ‘Rupert’s Revenge.’ At least it would have been honest.