Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PRINCES CAUGHT IN PHOTO STING; Pictures of Harry Kissing Girl in Club Were Stolen, She Says

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PRINCES CAUGHT IN PHOTO STING; Pictures of Harry Kissing Girl in Club Were Stolen, She Says

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

PRINCES Harry and William are at the centre of a row over "stolen" photographs today.

One picture shows Harry groping a TV presenter in a nightclub. In another the brothers appear the worse for wear.

The Sun, which published the photographs today, claimed they were taken this summer and that they left Harry with "a little explaining to do" to his girlfriend Chelsy Davy.

But the photographs were taken three years ago before Harry began dating Ms Davy, probably at a time when newspapers had agreed to leave the princes alone during their education.

Harry, now 21, is seen kissing and fondling 28-year-old Natalie Pinkham who works for ITV4.

Ms Pinkham said today that The Sun had reproduced the images without her permission and that they had probably been stolen from her.

A spokeswoman for Ms Pinkham added: "The original photographs were under lock and key at her home. The pictures were taken at a private celebration of her birthday at the Purple Club, in Chelsea, in September 2003, which William and Harry attended.

"The pictures are personal and were never intended for publication. Natalie is distressed and angry that somebody has either stolen or somehow managed to make copies of her private photographs. She considers herself to be a friend of the princes and they are aware that she would never do anything to embarrass them."

The Sun is expected to make an apology after pressure from Prince Charles's office at Clarence House. The paper also faces possible legal action from Ms Pinkham over breach of copyright.

Last week, the royal editor on its stablemate The News Of The World was charged over allegations of tapping into voicemail messages of mobile phones in royal households.

Today's Sun front page branded the prince "Dirty Harry" for his antics, claiming that the incident happened in Boujis nightclub, a favourite of the princes in South Kensington.

According to its source: "Harry was really going for it. He had been downing drink all night and was touchy-feely with everyone - especially Natalie.

"He had his hands all over her and was kissing her on the face. …

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