Prince Harry has been ordered by his superiors to apologise to the public after the publication of a photograph showing him wearing a swastika armband, holding a spliff in one hand and a glass of absinthe in the other.
The photograph, which is now being used by the British National Party as a campaigning aid, was taken at a friend's birthday party in Wiltshire.
Although the party was intended to be fancy dress only, the prince had not been told and turned up in something from his fascist collection, bought for him by Prince Philip.
What the photographer insisted was a Nazi salute made towards him by the prince was said by Clarence House to be nothing more than a friendly wave. "It looked like a Nazi salute because Harry had a sore arm that had to be kept straight at all times."
Many members of the public believe that the prince should be disciplined by his father, and that Prince Charles should also have a word with him.
But it is unlikely that words alone will have any positive effect on the aggressive alcoholic. Indeed, nothing short of a cigarette and booze ban will do.
Such a ban would no doubt hurt the young prince, who has experienced only a few days of sobriety since his sixteenth birthday.
When asked about his latest gaffe, Prince Harry Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Hewitt told reporters he had no connection whatsoever to anything remotely German, let alone Nazism.
"What can I say? I didn't know it was a fancy dress party. I turned up in something casual. I made a fashion faux pas. I didn't realise the outfit had connotations. I liked the logo, that's all. Sieg Heil! Only kidding! But you've got to laugh haven't you?"