The news that Prince Harry, third in line to the throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and her various realms, got naked at a Las Vegas party last weekend, is causing a predictable amount of excitement for the TMZ website.
But why? Princes have been getting naked and having a good time for many years. To the right, for example, are Alexander and Craterus hunting a lion in all their manly glory.
Here is another picture of a naked Alexander, which according to Livius comes from some Roman baths in Cyrene (north-eastern Libya). His body is certainly impressive and worth contemplating by men and women alike, although if you want to get close to Alexander rather than the ancient view of the ideal body, your eyes will dwell on his leonine hair, revealing, as it does, his heraklean ancestry.
And that gets us close to why TMZ and a great many of us, are interested in nude Harry. I don’t mean because Harry is of divine descent, but because of the next best thing – his blue blood. And that’s fine, just as long as we get out of our heads though any silly notion that Harry has set a new benchmark of low or high or whatever for royals. All he is doing is following in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks.