"I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down,” he admitted to journalists as he sat on a parked Apache helicopter in Afghanistan during a recent series of rare interviews.
But "at the end of the day," he added, "I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy." A sentiment echoed by the city of Las Vegas, who used Harry's hotel room romp to underscore its motto -- What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas -- in a series of subsequent ads.
For the always-candid Prince, that was yet another example of the press crossing the line when it comes to his family's privacy. "The newspapers knew that I was going away to Afghanistan, yet still published the photos," he said. "So the way I was treated by them I don't think is acceptable."
Same goes for all the hubbub surrounding William and Kate's baby news. "I think it's very unfair that they were forced to publicize it when they were, but that's just the media for you,” he said about no outlet in particular.
It should come as no surprise that there is no love lost between Harry and the press given his mother's tragic passing in 1997, when an aggressive paparazzo caused her death. When asked how far back the mistrust goes, the prince said: "I think it's fairly obvious how far back it goes, it's when I was very small."
While the interview hit somber patches, there were moments of levity as well, like when Harry was asked one thing he loved about being stationed overseas. "It's a chance to be away from you guys," he laughed.