Nightly News | August 23, 2012
>>> a lot of internet users this week have gotten a glimpse of what you might call the softer side of british royal families , specifically prince harry as we've never seen him before on vacation in vegas but in this case it didn't stay in vegas. the prince, who, let's remember, is a young, single man with a military background and a better than average benefits package, was playing nude billiards with a young woman and that's not a euphemism. but because of the customs governing british media for the most part the pictures haven't been displayed back home yet. our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk.
>> reporter: a prince with a well known penchant for trouble in a city notorious for creating it. did anyone really think harry in las vegas wasn't going to create a few headlines? it started with an innocent pool side party but got a lot racier. the now famous photos were secretly taken late at night in his hotel room probably on a cell phone . it had been going so well for the royal family -- the wedding, the diamond jubilee , the olympics. but before the glow of the torch could fade a royal scandal. prince harry just wanted some fun but it's not that simple for the man third in line to the throne.
>> you are a member of the royal family whether you like it or not you carry certain responsibilities. in addition, he also represents the british army .
>> reporter: back at home now the military helicopter pilot who may soon be deployed to afghanistan could get a reprimand from his commanders. but on the streets of london today --
>> i think it's really cool.
>> yeah. he's funny.
>> just having a good time.
>> having a good time with his mates. why not.
>> reporter: do you think people are making too big a deal about it?
>> yeah. people are too stuffy. he should be able to do what he wants.
>> reporter: even with some popular support the palace has gone on damage control. the pictures they say are an invasion of privacy. with the phone hacking scandal at the news of the world paper still unraveling the british media have shown uncharacteristic restraint. the photos were not in today's british press, not in the papers or on tv. "the sun" printed this slightly strange recreation on its front page . late today the paper said it would have the actual photo tomorrow. it all leads to a burning question on people's minds here, why didn't harry's security detail take cameras away from his guests?
>> it's not up to the protection officer or the body guard to worry or be concerned about the private antics of their charge but you are responsible for the security. in this case nothing happened to him.
>> no physical harm, that is, but prince harry may want to keep his next vacation a bit more under wraps. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london.