Prince Harry’s choice of fancy-dress costume caused hardly a stir among his fellow partygoers. The real scandal for them was that one of them had chosen to sell the pictures.
Perhaps testimony to the lack of surprise that Harry should wear a Nazi costume is that the partygoer who approached The Sun* is said to have thought the most saleable picture was of Prince William dressed as a lion. The question posed by many of the partygoers yesterday was who had “betrayed” Harry for 10,000 pounds?
Those who were at the party, given by Richard Meade, the former Olympic showjumper*, for his children James 23, Harry 22, and Lucy 21, are reluctant to speak of the events of last Saturday. However, sources said that a “witch-hunt” had started to find the person. One said: “Somebody has behaved very badly. Everyone at the party was unaware that Harry’s costume was going to be a big issue. The shock is that someone would act as they have.”
There were at least 250 people at the party, most of them not part of William and Harry’s close set, so finding the culprit will not be easy. As with most fancy-dress parties, several guests had cameras, and someone taking photos of Princes William and Harry would not have attracted undue attention. According to Ken Lennox, a former picture editor of The Sun, there is no shortage of “friends” willing to make money by embarrassing someone in the public eye.
However, the money made by the guest who sold the picture is nothing compared to the profit made by the newspaper from syndicating it around the world. Mr. Lennox said: “The Sun should have made 100,000 pounds quite easily because this picture will sell and sell. The boy [Prince Harry] doesn’t need to be punished any further because that picture is going to dog his life. It will be used again and again. These photos are rare because it’s a private look into a private occasion, which shows up the world of the royals.”
He said that because of the secrecy of the dealings, the identity of the photographer would probably never be known. “I remember buying a photograph from someone who refused to take off his motorcycle helmet and visor. He turned up at the offices, sold me the picture and disappeared.”
The Daily Telegraph, January 15th 2005
Partygoer = person who enjoys going to a party and having fun.
The Sun = a British newspaper (famous for its reports on the Royal Family)
Showjumper = horse rider competing in a special race of jumps and obstacles.
Question 2: [2 POINTS] Answer the following questions in your own words.
a. How did Harry and William dress up to go to the fancy-dress party and how many guests were there?
b. According to Mr. Lennox, why is a sensational newspaper like The Sun interested in buying a picture of this sort?
Question 4 [1,5 POINTS] Choose and write the most suitable answer (a, b, c or d) according to the text.
1. If Prince William and his brother have been betrayed by a friend who went to the party, …
a) iIt was difficult to find out who it is.
b) iIt will be difficult to find out who it is.
c) iIt would be difficult to find out who it is.
d) it is difficult to find out who it is.
2. Lots of photos will be taken by partygoers and some of them …
a) may be sold by an unscrupulous friend.
b) may to be sold by an unscrupulous friend.
c) may sell by an unscrupulous friend.
d) might to be sold by an unscrupulous friend.
3. These photos are rare because it’s a private look into a private occasion,
a) that shows up the world of the royals.
b) who shows up the world of the royals.
c) which shows up the world of the royals.
d) whom shows up the world of the royals.
a. Possible answers:
Harry dressed up as a Nazi and Prince William dressed up as a lion to go to the party.
To go to the fancy-dress party, William chose a costume of a lion, and Harry chose a Nazi costume.
There were about 250 guests there.
b. Possible answers:
Mr. Lennox said that this newspaper is always interested in buying pictures of people who are famous or public figures. He says that the paper can make profits on selling the photos to other newspapers and charging the rights. He said The Sun would earn a lot of money with these photos in all the different countries.
1. b) it will be difficult to find out who it is.
2. a) may be sold by an unscrupulous friend.
3. c) which shows up the world of the royals.