The Mayor of Las Vegas is making a serious plea to Prince Harry now that he's back from Afghanistan -- COME BACK TO VEGAS, ASAP!!!
Harry completed his 5-month military stint in the Middle East this week ... and once he got out of the war zone, he finally broke his silence about his Sin City naked photo scandal to the U.K. media ... saying, "I probably let myself down."
But TMZ spoke with Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman ... who thinks Harry deserves a Vegas do-over ... and tells us the city is ready to roll out the red carpet for His Royal Highness when he's ready to come back.
"We’re absolutely excited he’s home," Goodman says ... adding, "Prince Harry is always welcome in Las Vegas. When he was here everyone was talking about it. We welcome him back with open arms.”
It took 5 months, but Prince Harry is finally talking about his infamous game of strip billiards during his Las Vegas party weekend ... telling the media, "I probably let myself down."
Harry spoke with U.K. reporters after completing a 5-month military stint in Afghanistan -- and that's when someone asked about the pics ... first published on TMZ.com.
"I probably let myself down," Harry said ... adding, "I let my family down, I let other people down."
He continued ... "At the end of the day, I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy ... The way I was treated ... I don't think is acceptable."
"Back home all my close friends rallied round me and were great."
Harry said he considers the incident a "classic example of me probably being too much army and not enough prince".
We broke the story ... Harry had invited a bunch of random women he met at a hotel bar up to his VIP suite for a party back in August ... and during the shindig he stripped down to his birthday suit after losing a game of strip billiards.
Prince Harry's penis is being hailed as a HERO by Vegas officials ... 'cause experts say the free worldwide publicity Sin City enjoyed from the naked billiards scandal is worth roughly $23 MILLION.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority issued a report, in which it says the pictures of Harry romping around his hotel room with a hot naked lady has reached an estimated 154 MILLION PEOPLE worldwide since TMZ broke the story back in August.
The agency says it's unable to track how much tourism has been generated due to the publicity ... but LVCVA Board Chairman Tom Collins is clearly optimistic ... saying at a recent board meeting, "God bless Prince Harry. He made us a bunch of money."
FYI -- The LVCVA had launched an advertising campaign for the city earlier in the summer warning tourists to "know the code" ... what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
When someone broke the code and shared the pics of the naked Prince, some officials felt the timing couldn't have been better.
Attempts to reach the Prince were unsuccessful ... 'cause he's fighting in the Middle East.
The Royals apparently believe Prince Harry has a place in The Sun, because they've decided not to take legal action against the U.K. tabloid for publishing Harry's naked pics.
The Royals have concluded, "We remain of the opinion that a hotel room is a private space where its occupants would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Prince Harry is currently focused entirely on his deployment in Afghanistan, so to pursue a complaint relating to his private life would not be appropriate at this time and would prove to be a distraction."
The Royals tried to put the kibosh on the pics -- obtained by TMZ -- which were taken in the hotel room where a number of people were partying with the Prince.
Going out in public for the first time since TMZ published nude photos of him in Las Vegas, a clothed Prince Harry showed up today to the WellChild Awards ... which are being held at the InterContinental Hotel in London.
The event is held annually and honors the lives of the young people and the doctors and nurses who care for them.
As TMZ first reported, Prince Harry vowed he would appear at some point during this week's 2012 Paralympic Games in London, though it was unclear which event he would show up to first.
Prince Harry is adamant ... he WILL attend the 2012 Paralympic Games in London ... refusing to back out of his first scheduled appearance following the naked photo scandal.
Harry has been M.I.A. since returning to London from his X-rated Vegas weekend ... and there were rumors he would be cancelling all of his appearances and staying out of the spotlight until the whole thing blows over.
But TMZ spoke with a rep for the Royal Family who tells us ... "The Duke and Duchess [of Cambridge] and Prince Harry will attend select events during the Games, including goalball, cycling, swimming and Athletics.”
The Games are scheduled to begin tomorrow and will run through September 9. The rep was not clear about when Harry will show up.
Rupert Murdoch's got Prince Harry's naked back ... telling the world to give the young royal a break over his recent Vegas scandal -- not surprising, since Murdoch defied the Royals by publishing the pics.
Murdoch tweeted Saturday night, "Prince Harry. Give him a break. He may be on the public payroll one way or another, but the public loves him, even to enjoy Las Vegas."
TMZ broke the story ... the prince was photographed bare-ass playing billiards in Las Vegas this week and the photos quickly made the rounds all over the world. But the Royal Family was none too happy and pressured/banned British media outlet from publishing the pics.
Enter "The Sun" -- one of Murdoch's many media companies -- which published the nudie pics anyways.
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