A naked man, cupping his genitals.
A silver pendant, hanging on a leather thong.
A game of strip billiards, a screaming air guitar.
A Las Vegas hotel room, a giant drinks bill, two embarrassed police officers.
These things were all subjects for discussion, back in 2012, in the ancient halls of Westminster, the seat of British parliament, after one 27-year-old Prince had been on quite the bender.
The topic was the invasion of Prince Harry’s privacy after one UK tabloid chose to run grainy images of his naked body on their front page, alongside the cringingly brilliant headline: Heir It Is!
It was a different time. Ten years ago and, at the same time, about a trillion light years.
LISTEN TO HOLLY TALKING COHOST Emily Vernem through Prince Harry’s Las Vegas Moment on the new episode of Low Brow. One story, two generations, so much WTF.
This was a planet far, far away where celebrities were not yet confiscating camera phones and issuing NDAs at the doors of private parties.
A time when Harry was still playing along with the unofficial royal motor of “Never complain, never explain”.
And a time when printed tabloid newspapers were scrambling to catch up with the relentless forward motion of the many-tentacled beast of the Internet.
When The Sun newspaper ran the photos described above, they had already featured on TMZ - the gossip site that changed the game of how the paparazzi economy worked.
Until TMZ came along, pictures taken by paparazzi photographers were sold through picture agencies to magazines and newspapers for a sliding scale of thousands, depending on their desirability and salaciousness.
But TMZ sent its own photographers out into the LA night, and bought photos directly from anyone with a camera phone, ripping the images up online within minutes and hours of them being taken, leaving lawyers chasing behind, trying to catch-up.