Prince Harry naked photos draw 3,600 complaints in U.K.

LONDON - AUGUST 02: Prince Harry hosts a reception for school games athletes, at Clarence House, on August 02, 2012 in London, England. The event was held for about 25 young athletes who won medals during the First National Finals of the School Games, which were held at the Olympic Park last May. (Photo by Jon Bond - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Prince Harry hosts a reception for school games athletes on Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

(CBS/AP) LONDON - Britain's Press Complaints Commission says it has received some 3,600 complaints over The Sun's decision to publish nude photos of Prince Harry.

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The tabloid was the only national newspaper to carry the pictures, which first appeared online and quickly became an international talking point.

They captured Harry, who is third in line for Britain's throne, frolicking in the nude with an unidentified woman after what was alleged to have been a game of strip billiards in his Las Vegas hotel room.

Royal officials argued that the photos were a breach of the prince's privacy, but the officials weren't among those who'd filed complaints with the U.K. press watchdog.

That makes it unlikely any action will be taken against The Sun, which said it published the photos in the public interest.

Rupert Murdoch, who owns The Sun under his media company News Corp., defended the paper's decision on Twitter. He wrote, "Simple equation: free, open uncontrollable Internet versus shackled newspapers equals no newspapers. Let's get real."