Would you shed your clothes and bravely salute the world in your birthday suit in support of an errant Royal's, now, very public flash?
Prince Harry may have failed to keep things “…in Vegas” when he redefined the term holding the Crown Jewels for the world but his plight (if we can call it that) has sparked off a sympathy craze.
While the Prince’s private romp became internet property, back home it was only The Sun that dared break with a self-imposed news coverage embargo on the subject and post the pics on its front page.
The incident sparked off a retaliatory salvo from the Royal Hussars who in support of their comrade started a Facebook military page called Support Prince Harry With a Naked Salute. The page was quickly filled by more than 8,000 participants eager to shed their kit and show their …. Ahem, support.
When it comes to nudity there is a sense of coyness which is uniquely British. While lewd nakedness is frowned upon and a vestige of Victorian uptightness still remains where the human body is concerned, stripping to “just have a laugh’ is OK. Benny Hill and the Carry On series very much hit this subtle combination spot on when they combined sauciness with humour in a nudge, nudge, wink, wink, sort of way.
The Support Prince Harry With a Naked Salute Facebook page has grown to more than 16,000 fans now, drawing support not just from the British Armed forces but also from Royal fan supporters of all sexes and ages eager to show their … well, support.
With more than 10,000 additional request to join the Page we can safely assume that the London Olympics may have done a lot for the brand Britannia but it took a Royal flash to suddenly make it popular in ways which crossed barriers and challenged perception.
You have to hand it to Harry. He may be “a hard working Apache helicopter pilot” as his armed forces comrades say, but he sure knows how to handle things.