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Prince Harry Has Found the PR Flack of His Dreams

Prince HarryToday we are sad to announce that Prince Harry will probably never again amuse us with tales of drugged-up strip poker that double as viral marketing for Las Vegas tourism. He probably won’t have to leave his world of privilege behind for another “apology tour” in Afghanistan or simultaneously fend off the paparazzi and the Taliban, either.

According to The Telegraph, the young prince has finally found his missing piece — a “personal secretary” who will double as Mr. Bad News Ginger’s “right hand man” and just happens to be both a military veteran and a communications professional at finance-focused firm RLM Finsbury.

This lucky chap, who goes by the incredible name Edward Lane Fox (and may or may not have been voiced by George Clooney), will begin this challenging assignment right after the Prince returns from a “US tour” seen as crucial to the rebuilding of his reputation. Wait, did Harry ever have a good reputation? Most importantly, what will he do on his stateside jaunt? Click through for our best guesses:

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Vegas Calls Prince Harry Scandal ‘A PR Boon’

Here at PRNewser, we’ve reported on all the breaking details of ginger troublemaker Prince Harry’s latest scandal, because we’re all about keeping the public informed on the things that matter most.

We even theorized that his drunk nude photo romp would serve as an excellent advertisement for the Las Vegas experience—and according to a report just released by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, we were exactly right!

City power players immediately saw the potential PR value of this incident—they released a clever ad campaign in August designed to “shame” those who leaked the Harry pics for violating the sacred “What Happens in Vegas” code. The campaign involved a full-page USA Today ad, a gimmicky “Know the Code” website, and a video spot:

Today’s report claims that the print ad reached 154 million people and estimates the overall PR value of the incident at $23 million, though we’re not sure how they reached that number since the agency “can’t track how much of the attention translated into actual Las Vegas visits.”

We always found the “What Happens…” tagline to be a bit much, but it does read better than the more realistic “Las Vegas: Encouraging Bad Behavior Since 1911!”

Prince Harry Re-Branding Tour Hits Afghanistan; Taliban Not Amused

The Taliban is not generally known for winning the hearts and minds of the West with its brilliant PR outreach, but Afghanistan’s top terrorist group does seem to be surprisingly up-to-date on current events—its official spokesman has a theory about Prince Harry’s recent re-deployment, and we think he may be onto something!

Britain’s best-known ginger has had something of a full plate recently, so he took a break from partying naked and “rolling on shrooms” to revisit rural Afghanistan, where so many members of the global elite choose to spend their leisure time! He’ll be piloting Apache attack helicopters during his month-long deployment, which is pretty cool (though not quite as cool as chillin’ in Vegas with resident genius Ryan Lochte and a bunch of women in various stages of undress).

Of course, the media-savvy Taliban has dismissed this move as “a propaganda stunt” designed to allow the prince to “atone for the shame” of those nude photos. Way to get ahead of the story! While we hate to agree with any statement made by a group of mass murderers, the helpless look on Harry’s face as he leaves the real world is very telling.

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More Bad News for Prince Harry

Prince Harry has a bit of a PR problem—and it doesn’t look like it will get any better any time soon. In addition to the now-famous nude photos, “British PR guru” Max Clifford reported last week that a couple of women had approached him with “more material” on the man who happens to be third in line for the crown.

Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun already chose to ignore the royal family’s request to avoid publishing any photos that depict the prince in a…compromising position–and this move seems to pave the way for other tabloids to go ahead and spread the dirt around.

Today, Murdoch’s favorite American publication, the always-classy New York Post, gives us some more damning details: Read more

Is Prince Harry’s Strip Poker Scandal Really So Bad?

OK, so the web has been abuzz with news of Britain’s wild child, the fiery ginger Prince Harry, and his recent all-nude Vegas review. We agree that it looks pretty bad (and yes, we just linked to TMZ. Now we feel like taking a long, hot shower).

But is this incident really a big PR problem for the royal family? The British public seems to turn to them for entertainment in tough times, and the royals occasionally make concerted efforts to showcase their sillier side. So certain, uh, slip-ups might actually make them more relatable, especially in the land that invented tabloids and reality TV. Despite their history, the Brits do sometimes manage to keep it classy: their mags have refrained from publishing the nude photos themselves at the request of the royal family’s PR team. Color us surprised.

But this is really just another day in the life of the crown. Our trivia-minded friends at Mental Floss remind us that the royals have seen far worse: Read more

Princess Diana Biographer Launches Entertainment Site

Andrew Morton, famous for his 1992 book Diana: Her True Story, has launched The Morton Report, an entertainment news site (that has a picture of Prince Harry holding a puppy. He’s still single ladies!). Of course, the launch coincides with the latest Royal Wedding, and it comes in front of Morton’s new book William & Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding, available in the U.S. on May 17, and in the U.K. on May 3.

The site will features lifestyle stories about travel, books, and technology, arts coverage, and celebrity gossip, “whether they hail from Buckingham Palace, Hollywood and Vine, or the shores of Jersey,” the press release reads.

The masthead includes executive editor and food critic Lisa McKay, DListed‘s Michael K, and gossip columnist Dawn Olsen.

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