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As the royal family scrambled to make the pics disappear, many were left wondering why they existed in the first place. By this point, shouldn't 27-year-old Prince Harry know that there are plenty of people looking to make a buck off of private photos of him? And even if he doesn’t, shouldn't his security detail? The level of security that surrounds the prince is kept under wraps. However, security experts estimate that the cost of security for the entire royal family is $48 million to $159 million per year, according to the Associated Press. Ken Wharfe, a former bodyguard of Prince William, Prince Harry, and their mother Princess Diana, told the AP that more precautions should have been taken. "If it were me, I'd say, 'Sir, I don't mind you having your fun but whoever comes in that door I need to know who it is, where they are from, and if they have any mobile phones they have to leave them at the door,'" Wharfe noted.
Since they didn't, Prince Harry will continue to face repercussions at home and at work. His seemingly more responsible older brother William, 30, is "not impressed," a royal source told Us Weekly. In addition, the magazine quoted a senior military source, who revealed that army officer Harry is likely to be reprimanded when he returns to duty. "Officers should never bring the Service into disrepute, whether on or off duty," the source said. "This display of social misbehavior has raised eyebrows."
At least Harry's trip to Las Vegas wasn't a complete bust. He did manage to establish a friendly rivalry with Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte. The swimmer was in Sin City during Harry's infamous wild weekend when Harry challenged him to a swimming race in the pool at the Wynn resort late one night. Of course, Harry lost. Lochte has since posed his own challenge to Harry to "something on [Harry's] turf" the next time Lochte is in the U.K. Then, during an interview with "Today" on Thursday, Lochte revealed that he was glad he wasn't asked to party with his new pal the night the infamous photos were taken. "I'm kind of happy [he didn't invite me]," Lochte said. "I don't need that."
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