Whatever the royal family and his army superiors may think of his exploits in Las Vegas, many Britons can barely hide their support for Prince Harry, posting naked pictures of themselves on social media in honour of him.
A Facebook group entitled "Support Prince Harry with a naked salute!", featuring people posing in various states of undress saluting the third-in-line to the throne -- has won more than 12,000 members and is still growing.
The group sprang up after Harry, 27, was photographed naked after a game of "strip billiards" during a party in a VIP hotel suite in Las Vegas. The images, first published on a US website, rapidly went viral and caused a furore in Britain.
The response was a flood of images of people saluting while posing in various states of undress, often with strategically placed props including Union Jack flags, camouflage backpacks and teddy bears.
The Sun newspaper, meanwhile, published photographs of what it said were British soldiers serving in Afghanistan posing naked and saluting Prince Harry.
The show of support came as it was announced that Harry, an army officer who is now a trained Apache helicopter pilot, will be the patron of a charity race to the South Pole between three teams of wounded servicemen from around the world.
The prince, who last year joined a group of injured soldiers as they trekked to the North Pole, is supporting the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013.
Troops from Britain, the US and the Commonwealth who suffered physical or cognitive injuries while serving will take part in the four-week expedition next year.
Royal officials said it was "far too early" to tell whether Harry would join the group for the gruelling trek.
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