Well, what a week for Prince Harry. Beating Ryan Lochte in a swimming race (kind of), being gawped at naked the world over and having to deal with the media storm that came with it. We can only guess what he said to his dear grandmother The Queen. And now – perhaps the biggest blow of them all – he’s had to delete his facebook account!
It’s no surprise that the young prince had a personal page – he’s a very social chap, after all. And the glimpse it offers into his lifestyle is a fascinating one. Using the pseudonym Spike Wells, he listed his hometown as Maun in Botswana, which he visited in 2007, and listed his interests as “all sports”. He displayed his sense of humor when he posted a picture of a red-headed child clutching his head with the comment ‘Oh my God, I’m ginger”, and his caring side by promoting the Walking with Wounded charity.
But now it’s got him into more trouble than good, through his association with Arthur Landon. The close friend who was with him in Vegas posted a picture of the contents of his suitcase before heading to Necker, the first stop on their trip. It contained a gas mask, fancy dress outfits and what looked very much like a bong. A frequent commenter on Landon’s profile, which until last week was fully public, Harry has become somewhat implicated in the sort of trip that such items might imply. The prince himself joked that Landon may find himself explaining the photo to a judge. The Spike Wells account has now been deleted, but we have a feeling the questions sparked by these pictures won’t be so easily erased…
T&S favorite Kate Middleton has come off decidedly better from the whole debacle. It seems she’s had a very grounding effect on the two prince, and is teaching Harry to cook after whipping up her favorite family recipes for William. The two of them also topped Vanity Fair’s international best dressed list, offering a glimmer of light in the difficult week. Kate’s own family have been drawn into the spotlight, with her burlesque danced second cousin Katrina Darling offering her comments on the affair. As attention continues to be focussed on the junior ranks of royalty, we hope that all this will portray them in a more human light: as the young adults they are, grappling with the modern world. Just without facebook accounts!