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London police chief rules out babysitting royals



In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 photo made available on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, Britain's Prince Harry examines the cockpit of an Apache attack helicopter with an unidentified member of his squadron, at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, where he starts his tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner. The 27-year-old Army captain Prince Harry, known as Captain Harry Wales, is on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan but will go through the usual familiarization process before becoming operational and flying attack helicopters.


LONDON: London's Metropolitan Police chief says his officers cannot interfere in the private lives of the royal family, not even to prevent Prince Harry from going bare at a Las Vegas party.

Commission Bernard Hogan-Howe told a Parliamentary committee on Tuesday that his department was reviewing the role of Royal Protection officers in the incident, in which Harry was photographed naked.

However, Hogan-Howe told the panel: "Our role is to maintain the security of our protected individual. They have to lead a normal life and we have to strike a balance between intrusion into their life and keeping them safe."

He added "there is a golden line that cannot be crossed, which is getting involved in the social lives of the principals."

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