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Prince Harry not to apologize to paparazzi
Updated: 2004-10-23 17:17

Prince Harry will not apologize to a paparazzi photographer he scuffled with outside a London nightclub, a royal spokesman said Saturday.

Britain's Prince Harry, back to camera, clashes with photographer Chris Uncle, rear, outside an exclusive London west end nightclub in the early hours of Thursday Oct. 21, 2004. Both Prince Harry and the photographer were slightly injured in the incident which took place at 03.30am. [AP]
The photographer suffered a cut lip and had claimed that Harry struck him without provocation after the 20-year-old prince emerged from a trendy club early Thursday morning. Royal officials said Harry was hit in the face with a camera and pushed back.

Paddy Harverson, communications secretary to Harry's father, Prince Charles, said the paparazzi were "pretty aggressive" and there was no need for an apology.

"He is not unused to it, he knows they are going to be waiting for him sometimes when he is out and about," Harverson told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. "In this case they did seem to be much pushier. It was unfortunate, it was regretful, but let's move on."

Harry, who plans to enroll next year at a military college, has long been known to be wilder of the two sons of Charles and the late Princess Diana. His 22-year-old brother, Prince William, is a university student.

Harry, third in line to the throne, has been photographed drinking in London's trendiest nightclubs. Two years ago, his father sent him to observe a drug rehabilitation center after he was caught smoking marijuana.

Harverson said Harry had spoken to his father about the nightclub incident.

"His father was quite supportive and sympathetic, but hopefully this sort of thing won't happen again," he told the BBC.

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