U.K. Papers Cover Prince Harry, Ryan Lochte Race in Nightclub Pool

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In 2009, the paper's website published a video of Prince Harry taken during a training exercise in Cyprus in 2006, in which the Prince uses racial language and mocks Queen Elizabeth. The video set a traffic record for NOTW's site and forced the Prince to issue an apology.

The two media favorites' meeting draws headlines, but a U.S. report of photos showing the royal naked during a Las Vegas party weekend came too late for the print editions of the British tabloids.

LONDON - U.K. tabloids on Wednesday put the spotlight on the meeting of a British royal and a U.S. Olympic star who has been drawing much media and fan attention since his successes at the London Summer Games.

Several tabloids reported that Prince Harry met multiple medal winning swimmer Ryan Lochte, who has been looking to develop his media and entertainment career post-Olympics, in a Las Vegas nightclub during a long party weekend in Las Vegas. The prince challenged Lochte, who reportedly celebrated his 28th birthday, to a race in the pool of the club, they said.

The British tabloids and other media here didn't immediately pick up an overnight TMZ report that Prince Harry got naked during a game of strip billiards with friends and new acquaintances in his Las Vegas suite. It said some of the people who attended took photos, which TMZ published. The report likely came out too late for the print editions of U.K. tabloids.

A representative for the Royal Family told TMZ: "We have no comment to make on the photos at this time."

The tabloids did revel in the news of the prince's race with Lochte though. The Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said about the 3am pool race: "A bevy of bikini-clad party girls watched as American Lochte won, then hugged the defeated royal."

The Daily Mirror reported a different outcome to the race, saying Prince Harry "won after Brits cheekily held Ryan's legs."
The Daily Mail even got a statement from Lochte. "It was really fun swimming against Prince Harry. He's a great guy, and it was a huge honor to meet him," it quoted from the statelent. "He was a great competitor, but in the end it was Team USA all the way to the wall! Next time I'm in the U.K., it'd be fun to challenge him to something on his own turf."

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