Swim city! As Harry flies home to face the music pictures emerge of the young royal racing Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte at raucous 3am Vegas pool party
Prince cleared way for impromptu 3am race in the Wynn hotel pool
Medal winner Lochte beat Harry in the 10metre dash
Topless Harry wore a pair of jeans and his distinctive leather thong necklace
Pair were watched by dozens of delighted by bikini-clad beauties
17:15 GMT, 23 August 2012
Party-mad Prince Harry locked horns with U.S. gold medal winner Ryan Lochte in an amazing 3am swimming race at a Las Vegas pool party during his hedonistic trip to sin city.
The pair cleared a makeshift path amid a group of bikini-clad girls for the showdown at the exclusive Wynn hotel and thrashed their way across the open air pool to the delight of the crowd.
As an Olympic gold medal winning swimmer it was no surprise that Lochte, 28, beat the 27-year-old Royal to the edge, but a topless Harry looked delighted with his performance.
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Topless Prince Harry prepares to race medal winner Ryan Lochte, seen here in a soaking wet t-shirt
The pair prepare to clear a path amid bikini-clad girls at the early morning pool party
Harry and Lochte countdown to the 10 metre dash across the open air pool
Afterwards Lochte, who won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the London Olympics celebrated by punching the air before the pair embraced as dance music blared out in the XS nightclub.
The American wore a printed white t-shirt which became completely see-though as the water soaked it through.
The two men had not arrived at the party together but bumped in to each other in the VIP section of the club, one of four in the Las Vegas hotel, which features thirty luxury poolside cabanas.
According to the Wynn website the XS nightclub is 'inspired by the luscious curves of the human body.'
Harry was certainly inspired, enthusiastically throwing himself in to the party spirit – and the pool – in the early hours of the morning
Harry was pipped to first place by the Olympic swimmer but still looked delighted with his pool party performance
A partygoer revealed on Twitter that Harry got a head start as a fellow reveller grabbed hold of Lochte's legs as he kicked off for the one-length race
Harry shows off his moves in the XS nightclub pool as music blares in the background
Lochte and Harry bumped in to each other in the VIP section of the Wynn hotel's nightclub before jumping in to the pool at 3am
Harry wore his soaking wet jeans for the rest of the evening after his pool race with Lochte
At 3am, bare-chested but still in his jeans, the prince jumped in to the club’s huge open-air pool.
He was joined by the fully-clothed
swimmer and Lochte theatrically counted down to
three on one hand as he gave Harry a head start before heading off in
Strangely – not least because he boasts several world records – Lochte only just beat the prince.
The truth, however, was revealed by
another partygoer on Twitter, who said a fellow reveller had grabbed
hold of Lochte’s legs as he kicked off for the one-length race. The
tactic didn’t quite pay off – though some insisted it was Harry who won.
High jinks: Harry, right, challenged gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte to a race in the pool of Vegas nightclub XS – and unsurprisingly was beaten by the Olympic champ
Today Harry is preparing for a
showdown with Clarence House after sensational pictures of the him
cavorting naked in a Las Vegas hotel suite hit the Internet.
nothing but a distinctive necklace, the prince is seen in the pictures
giving a topless girl a 'bear-hug', his bare bottom facing the camera.
In another shot he uses his hands to protect his modesty while his brunette companion uses his nude body to shield hers.
Letting his heir down: Prince Harry relaxed poolside surrounded by bikini-clad girls in Vegas and even played naked billiards put the public appear to want to back him for it
Centre of attention: Prince Harry casts a lingering glance in the direction of the stunning blonde as he enjoys himself during a pool party in Las Vegas
Yesterday the sheepish prince was seen
chatting to friends in Los Angeles car park and the third in line to the
throne refused to comment when quizzed by a reporter before he prepared
to travel home.
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The scandalous nude pictures make his topless swimming race with the U.S. champion seem rather tame, but Lochte, who was in Las Vegas
celebrating his 28th birthday still had fun.
He told the Mail in a statement: ‘It was
really fun swimming against Prince Harry. He’s a great guy, and it was a
huge honor [sic] to meet him.
‘I was surprised that he challenged
me actually. I didn’t know if he had any skills in the pool, but I
definitely wasn’t going to take it easy on him!
‘He was a great competitor but in the
end it was Team USA all the way to the wall!! Next time I’m in the UK
it’d be fun to challenge him to something on his own turf.’
Harry managed to beat Usian Bolt in a 20-yard dash earlier this year – by distracting him at the start.
Earlier that day, Harry had found
himself surrounded by a gaggle of leggy lovelies who had made a bee-line
for Las Vegas’s Encore Beach Club as news spread that the playboy
prince was in town.
prince had been filmed enjoying the poolside entertainment at the MGM
Grand hotel and throwing a lingering glance towards one of the stunning
bikini-clad women by a camera from television station 'Extra'.
Winding down: Prince Harry jetted out to Las Vegas – known as Sin City – for a little 'rest and recreation'
In white fedora and red floral shorts,
27-year-old Harry lapped up the attention of his new fan club on the
latest leg of what has been dubbed his ‘endless summer’ before returning
to the front line as a helicopter pilot.
He also lapped up copious amounts of
his favourite Grey Goose vodka as well as some of the many cocktails on
offer in Sin City.
Days after the London Olympics, at
which he was an official ambassador for Team GB, Harry jetted out to the
US for a little ‘rest and recreation’.
took him to Vegas at the weekend, accompanied by two taxpayer-funded
police bodyguards and his best friend, Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip.
party checked into a 450-a-night suite at the five-star Wynn hotel and
casino for some ‘full-on partying’, as the prince told one fellow
The group were seen playing the dice game craps, to the cheering and whooping of their fellow gamblers.
The following day Harry and Co headed off to a 950-a-day poolside bungalow at another Las Vegas landmark, the MGM Grand.
hotel hosts raucous alcohol-fuelled parties four times a week under the
brand ‘Wet Republic’, which attract up to 1,600 revellers to its two
giant saltwater pools.
Party-boy: 'Prince Harry, far right in a hat, went to Vegas to relax after the Olympics but it gout of hand
Outside Harry’s bungalow was a private Jacuzzi from which the prince and his group chatted to a group of girls who had taken the cabana next door and ordered drinks from a menu boasting 65 pitchers of ‘dragonberry’ mojitos.
Party-loving: Prince Harry was spotted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas enjoying a short break with friends
Just a few bungalows down was singer
Jennifer Lopez, 43, and her dancer toyboy Casper Smart, 25, although it
is understood they did not meet the prince.
At one point Harry borrowed a red
singlet from the ‘bachelorette’ (an America term for hen party) girls
next door and jumped on a friend’s shoulders, waving his hands in the
‘They had a blow-up
whale in their area and were just fooling around, having some drinks and
enjoying themselves,’ an onlooker said.
excited ladies couldn’t resist taking to Twitter, posting pictures of
them posing with the prince alongside giggly accounts of what a
‘gentleman’ he was.
One member of staff also admitted having ‘creepily’ kept the water bottle from which he had drunk.
The following day the group were in
the water again, this time at the 60,000 square foot Encore Beach Club
for another ‘adult pool party’, taking a bungalow with its own infinity
The entertainment was rounded off with
a visit to the resort’s XS nightclub where other VIP guests included US
Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte.
Harry has recently re-trained as an
elite Apache attack helicopter pilot and completed a period of
pre-deployment training with hopes of returning to the front line in
Afghanistan in the near future.
A spokesman stressed that he was on a private holiday and was not entitled to any more leave than his fellow pilots.
He attended the Olympics in his own time and was not given any special dispensation by the military.
Victory: When faced with a race against Usain Bolt, Prince Harry knew there was only one way he could ever win. Cheat
Viva Las Vegas: Prince Harry was joined by several friends at a private bungalow on the grounds of the MGM Grand on the Vegas strip
VIDEO: Harry races Olympian Ryan Lochte at raucous 3am Vegas