August 24th, 2012

Mirror‘s Prince Harry Hypocrisy

The Mirror have issued a high-minded statement explaining why they nobly decided against publishing the naked Prince Harry pics:

“The Daily Mirror took the decision not to publish the pictures of Prince Harry because we would be in clear breach of the Press Complaints Commission’s Editors’ Code of Practice, regarding intrusion of privacy, which we signed up to and we stand by that decision.”

Nothing to do with them losing the bidding war for the photos to the Sun then…


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Who cares, people with net saw them over a day before any paper published them.

  2. 2
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    The Guardian just can’t publish enough articles on this.

    For an organ that claims to hold the monarchy in contempt they certainly don’t mind cashing in on the clicks.

    Hypocr… oh why bother?

  3. 3
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    This whole episode is such a fucking non-story, dear.

  4. 4
    Timmytour says:

    Although some people with the net heard about them but couldn’t be arsed to go looking for them, much less buy a paper or give a damn about a newspaper desperately trying to flog its version of “integrity”.

  5. 5
    Honest Question says:

    Did they?

  6. 6
    Bob says:

    RIP journalism.

  7. 7
    A Canadian Club says:

    But worth a comment, eh?

  8. 8
    Rip Van Winkle says:


  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    you might enjoy the Irish Star’s take on it too…

  10. 10
    Militant Tendency says:

    Quite so!

  11. 11
    Always look on the bright side says:

    He could be fat and tasteless like Uncle Andy’s kids

  12. 12
    Military Tendency says:

    That said, it is true that they lost the bidding war for the photos…

  13. 13
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Of course, dear. I simply adore typing.

  14. 14
    An owl says:

    There again, one might not give two hoots.

  15. 15
    Jimmy says:

    It’s a bit like trying to sell a story to the papers and when they refuse to pay boasting about not taking any money for it.

  16. 16
    SaltPetre says:

    I hope you haven’t been claiming incapacity benefit for arthritis then dear.

  17. 17
    Common Sense says:

    I hope Leveson compels the press to clean up their act because they sure as hell can’t be trusted to do it themselves. This is shitslinging not journalism, and it would be in Britain’s best interests to be well rid of this degenerate tabloid filth. :)

    Peace brothers

  18. 18
    SaltPetre says:

    Don’t let the Duchess of Pork hear you say that.

  19. 19
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    No, dear. My Reg, god bless his soul, was well-endowed in the pocket region. He left me wanting for nothing.

  20. 20
    Common Sense says:

    Exactly. This stuff is only published because the meeja is full of lazy coasters who’d rather sit on their arses than look for a real story. And they think we’ll believe their squeals of “ooh it’s anti-democratic to stop us publishing this gossip”. YEAH RIGHT!

  21. 21
    Taxfodder says:

    When it comes to Hypocrisy the Telegraph is not far behind…

    Funny how it picks and chooses which news articles (I hesitate to call them stories) it allows its readers to comment on….

    It does not take too much of a leap of imagination to spot that they edit out the comments that might upset their owner, his leanings (or chums) either!

    What a gutless bunch!

  22. 22
    Crazy Tony says:

    yesterdays news….

  23. 23
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Besides that, my pension isn’t any old pension. It’s a M&S pension, dear.

  24. 24
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    It died and was buried many years ago.

    Nobody attended the funeral.

  25. 25
    H says:

    Who gives a Hoon about the royal arsehole? (And no I don’t mean Prince Philip)

  26. 26
    Gorgonzola says:

    So Guido is retiring to Ireland. Good luck mate.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    “Nothing to do with them losing the bidding war for the photos to the Sun then…”

    No idea, Greedo.

    You saying that’s true? Or just another smear?

  28. 28
    SP4BS says:

    I wonder. the Girl that sold the photo is probably very attractive, to have got her self in the party. She’s described as “despicable”, which is probably the kind of lass you’d like at your partys. The only question remains is: was she behind the camera because she didn’t want to take her kit off. If she did she might displace Kim Kardashian as the number one newspaper-tale-fodder.


  29. 29
    SP4BS says:

    Its not a very bad smear. Just accusing them of everyday “news”paper bollocks. I see nothing wrong.

  30. 30
    SP4BS says:

    Because none of the mourners had been on Big brother, or TOWIE.

    Although to be honest, such shows had could hardly have been imagined at the time.

  31. 31
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Well it’s certainly been a long time since it warranted the epithet “The Torygraph”.

  32. 32
    Honest Question says:

    Did they lose the bidding war? Is that what happened? Or is it worthless speculation dressed as another clarion call in defence of responsible journalism?

    It’s not a loaded question, Paul, I would like to know the answer.

  33. 33
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    The Mirror is a disgrace.

  34. 34
    Watcher o' Midgets says:

    Yes they are being rather selective on which articles can be commentated.

    They are being a tad misleading too. Take this for instance, note handcuffs attached to a pair of white arms. Don’t they have any stock phots with handcuffs attached to Black arms, very strange?

  35. 35
    Watcher o' Midgets says:

  36. 36
    In my opinion says:

    Its still wrong to publish them and you have misread the mood of the public on this. The sleazy morality of the press has never been more evident. You have diminished this blog by doing so.

  37. 37
    Selohesra says:

    You are a bit old to be a gusset typist I’d imagine

  38. 38
    Garry Glitter says:

    Im really liking the argument that because its on the internet it should be published in a newspaper.

  39. 39
    annette curton says:

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, whose got the biggest cock of them all?.

  40. 40
    Mrs Smith says:

    The Mirror.

    No problem printing fake pictures of British Soldiers and putting their lives in danger.

    But a Royal todger shot?

  41. 41
    annette curton says:

    Taliban sniper.

  42. 42
    MB. says:

    That is the worst aspect of The Sun publishing the pictures, it allows other tabloids be all high and mighty and tell everyone how they refused to print the pictures.

  43. 43
    Prescribing Doctor says:

    This one hopefully means the Met are telling Cameron’s spinners where to get off:

  44. 44
    Liarpoliticians says:

    John Two Jags Two Shags Prescott gives us his views on Prince Harry photographs. He;s finally figured out why people go into business – to make a profit!

    As for the rest of the UK’s spineless press, nice to see them censoring the news unlike the rest of the planet.

  45. 45
    dirty grubs says:

    More anti-Brit agitation from the Irish

  46. 46
    Use it or Lose it says:

    Not as much as Harry has diminshed himself by going on holiday in Vegas instead of taking a bracing walk in the grounds at Sandringham. If the Royals aren’y going to take their holidays in the palalces the taxpayer has forked out for, then the palaces should be sold. Balmoral will make a nice little casino.

  47. 47
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have declared war on the Beno.

  48. 48
    The Navel Gazer's Weekly says:

    That was always likely

  49. 49
    Dudley Zoom says:

    Frank Dobson is a prick

  50. 50
    I think we should be told says:

    Or didn’t they?

  51. 51
    SP4BS says:

    “For God’s sake was it for this that the men and women of 1916 fought and died for Ireland’s Independence”

    Well, I don’t know. At a guess: “no”.

  52. 52
    CVC Partners says:

    Not for much longer Elsie. We will extract all the value from it and leave you with nothing, old dear.

  53. 53
    God says:

    Hewitt senior must be proud of his son – a chip off the old block!

  54. 54
    sinclair says:

    Because you bid for pictures freely accessible on the internet… NOT

  55. 55
    Dobson's Ringpiece says:


  56. 56
    ho hum says:

    Ah, Mrs S – you see the difference is that THOSE soldiers were fully dressed…

  57. 57
    JH says:

    I think as time goes on, and the Auto-Trader magic money tree gets fed up of bailing them out, the Guardian will become a parody of itself.

    It’s not really fair on advertisers. Each visitor should be asked to submit the reason why they are reading the Naurgiad online:

    1. I like reading – or being seen to read – the quality journalism about evil Murdoch and Tory scum
    2. I enjoy the sensation of my own piss boiling
    3. To laugh at the slow, graceless demise of the Bible of sanctimony

  58. 58
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Extremely O/T on the Prince but very much on topic for shoddy journalism:

    Reports indicate that some of the gunfire outside the Empire State Building that wounded several passersby may have come from Plod trying to apprehend a suspect wanted in a workplace revenge shooting which had occurred just moments before. So much for the “gun culture,” “copycat-killer,” “domestic terrorism” type bollocks speculations of those professional handwringers who always surface after some incident like this takes place and clog up column inches and air time, and the outlets who encourage this sort of thing to make themselves and their public feel morally superior. It turned out to be Dodge City, after all, and not an incident for dodgy reporting.

  59. 59
    Harriet Harperkin says:

    I am of course against this sort of thing but Price Harry does have a nice arse

  60. 60
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    ‘Dibbing’ in the nude is were Elsie gets her kicks apparently.

  61. 61
    the savant says:

    what s the girl doing in the photo?.

    is she rimming him??

    either that or he s a backgammon player and she s medically trained to monitor him for any indications of a particularly insiduous social disease…..

  62. 62
    the savant says:

    sorry gweed but just to be clear

    this ad you re running just below the Mirror story …. the one about a Las Vegas casino.

    are we supposed to subliminally register that this is the same establishment hrh frequented earlier this week and that by implication if we were to patronise it similar pleasant things would happen to us ???

    just checking ….

  63. 63
    the savant says:

    harsh .. but possibly true …

    aka the acorn never falls far from the oak

    i wonder if wills calls him step bro ???

  64. 64
    Honest Question says:

    It looks like they didn’t.

    Otherwise, a good story.

  65. 65
    Just Saying says:

    The UK media were as ridiculous on this issue as they were, and still are, on informing us of the total incomptence of the Norwegian police in the Breivik massacre.

  66. 66
    Jess The Dog says:

    Of course, the Mirror only prints fake pictures of soldiers….

  67. 67
    The Millipede Twins. says:

    John is so far behind the curve he is embarrassing. Why don’t the bbc leave him alone and speak to real people?

  68. 68
    Jess The Dog says:

    Couldn’t give a hoot if anyone prints the photos or not. Harry is an arsehole … no career-minded 27 yr old captain would be playing strip-billiards in Vegas within sight of a camera-phone. If it was any other squaddie, the papers would have ran it without a thought… “Chopper pilot gets his chopper out”.

  69. 69
    Ernestine Tentions says:

    Combat pilot on leave has a beer or two and whips his kit off for a laugh. What a depraved world we live in.

    (Just glad nobody took pictures of what I got up to in the same circumstances. Still makes me chuckle after a beer or two!)

    Get a fucking grip, peeps!

  70. 70
    Harriet Harperkin says:

    Nice Arse

  71. 71
    8illy says:

    Fap Fap Fap

  72. 72
    Moussa's Intern says:

    The Prince really needs to wise up. All the narrative is about ‘he’s only an army officer letting off steam, and ‘it was a private party’

    Utter rubbish – he he is not ‘only’ anything -he is a royal and needs to indulge himself in private.Certain obligations come with the job.

    It was not that private a party and the Prince needs to make sure he knows who is there before exposing himself..

    Dimwit on both counts. Deserves all the shite coming his way.

  73. 73
    Georgeous George says:

    Nothing to do with them losing the bidding war for the photos to the Sun then…

    The guardian is quite rightly pointing out that they are sparing the blushes of the woman involved just like the Mirror has done.

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    So, that would be ‘not true’ and ‘smear’.

    Thanks for clarifying that.

  75. 75
    Roger the Cabin Boy says:

    Like Father, Like Son!

  76. 76
    jimmy's dad says:

    yawn. back to bed jimmy.

  77. 77
    Common Purpose says:

    The UK press should be state controlled with Moscow Mike Handycock appointed Minister to oversee this state control.

  78. 78
    Vladimir Putin says:

    Dosvedanya. A bit more Pussy Riot treatment required in the UK. My good friend Handy is the best man to supervise it.

  79. 79
    The Boss says:

    Those complaining about Prince Harry should be grateful he became a Percy Pongo[Army] if he had became a Matalot[Navy] he might have ended up doing the famous ‘Dance of the Flaming Arseholes’.Last time I saw it done,a competition between Navy and Royal Marines,it was undertaken across the tables in St Marks Square,Venice.Eyties don’t have a sense of humour and our ship was asked to leave next morning.Great days,get off his back.

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