British Prince Harry Dresses Like Nazi for Costume Party
Britain’s Prince Harry is apologizing for going to a costume party dressed like a Nazi. The prince’s apology came after a photo of him wearing a Nazi uniform appeared in today’s edition of the British tabloid “The Sun.” The picture shows the prince wearing a swastika arm band. As you can imagine, Jewish groups are outraged. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles suggests the 20-year-old prince visit the Auschwitz death camp to see the results of the symbols he wore.
The prince has apologized in a statement, saying he was “very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone.” “It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize,” he added.
Harry, who plans to enroll this year at a military college, has long been known as the wilder of Charles and Diana’s two sons, in contrast to his university-student brother Prince William, 22. Harry, third in line to the throne, has been photographed drinking in London’s trendiest nightclubs and three years ago was sent by his father to observe a drug rehabilitation center after being caught smoking marijuana. In October, he scuffled with a paparazzi photographer outside a London nightclub.
The Sun, tabloid that it is, has lots of hysterial coverage :
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This is clearly a case of “What was he thinking?” Frankly, I’m not sure it’s that big of a deal. People wear costumes to costume parties–hence the name–and seldom think through the social-cultural ramifications of their ensemble. Unless Harry is a skinhead or something–highly unlikely–this certainly does not render him unfit for service.* Given that the royals live in a fishbowl, though, he should have gone with a safer choice.