Despite a direct request from the royal family not to do so, Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid on Friday printed the photos of Prince Harry frolicking in the nude in Las Vegas.

Once the pics hit the Internet, newspapers across the world printed them – except the British press, who were asked by the royal family to refrain out of respect for the privacy of the prince, who is 27 and single.

Check Harry out, pre-nakedness, in “Extra’s” exclusive video!

The top-selling U.K. tabloid, part of the British arm of Murdoch's News Corp, said the grainy pictures had become an issue of "the freedom of the press."

David Dinsmore, managing editor of the Sun, told Reuters, “This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world on the Internet but can't be seen in the nation's favorite paper.”

A spokeswoman for Harry said they had made their views on the prince's privacy clear, and it was ultimately a decision for editors.

Photos! Prince Harry in Las Vegas

Kate Middleton’s cousin, Katrina Darling, also had a few things to say about Prince Harry’s, er, exposure. "After seeing the images of Prince Harry naked online I was shocked that the public were surprised that there is a young man having fun, partying and being comfortable with his body,” she told E! Online.

Katrina, who recently posed for Playboy, continued, "I don't think anyone should be sending a message that it is wrong or sordid to be nude. It's not. Shaming someone for being nude is not a positive attitude to teach people, the human form is a beautiful and amazing thing to be celebrated. He didn't choose to be a role model, he's human and living a life that most can only dream of."

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