08/23/2012 at 10:35 AM EDT
Billiards will never be the same. But what about the perception of the Royal Family?
Now that photos of a naked Prince Harry
playing strip billiards at an after-hours party in his Las Vegas hotel suite
have been seen far and wide – and from every other angle – questions arise as to whether what he did is conduct unbecoming for a prince, or strictly an example of how down-to-earth this child of extraordinary privilege really is.
Royal watcher Ingrid Seward told PEOPLE that being caught with his pants down gives the 27-year-old an "endearing" quality
, while on Thursday's Today show
, outraged British journalist Martin Bashir said his countrymen and women may not stand for their tax money going to protect members of the Royal Family who carry on in such a fashion.
Further fueling the discussion, CNN's Piers Morgan, a native of Surrey, England, told Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room
Wednesday, "The reality is, his grandmother [Queen Elizabeth] will have a quiet word in his ear ... because the Queen will think this is a bit unseemly for a senior member of the royal family."
Morgan also believes Harry – who is now back in England and keeping quiet – is "likely to get a kicking from his commanding officer when he gets back to barracks, because certainly the army will take a pretty dim view of the embarrassment factor."
Additional reporting by MARK GRAY