The Press watchdog has said it would be “inappropriate” to open an investigation into the publication of nude photos of Prince Harry by the Sun.
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) said it was in dialogue with Harry’s representatives, who had not yet made a formal complaint, and any investigation without consent could “pose an intrusion” in itself.
It had received around 3,800 complaints about the paper’s publication of the photos of Harry frolicking in the nude with an unnamed woman in Las Vegas.
The images led to global headlines after emerging on a celebrity gossip website last month.
Only the Sun defied a request to UK newspapers, made by St James’s Palace via the PCC, not to publish the pictures. Asked whether it would make a formal complaint to the PCC, a St James’s Palace spokesman replied: “We are still considering matters.”