Apology over Harry's wedding speech leak
Britain's Prince Harry, presents Operational Service Medals (Iraq) to members of the First and Second Mine Countermeasures Squadrons at the Naval Base, in Portsmouth, southern England March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
Marketing bosses have apologized to British royal Prince Harry after a draft copy of his speech for his brother Prince William's upcoming wedding leaked online.
Royal watchers were sent into a spin this week when a file purporting to contain a copy of the prince's best man speech and an associated presentation were posted on a website.
It has since emerged the information had been leaked by a student on work placement at marketing company Article 10 Presentations, and bosses have now spoken out to apologize to the prince.
In a statement, a spokesman for Article 10 says, "On Tuesday 19th April, Article10 Presentations became aware of a leak of confidential and sensitive information relating to a project undertaken for Prince Harry which, regrettably, has since attracted significant attention online.
"Article10 Presentations would like to sincerely apologize to Prince Harry and the royal family and is working with the authorities to remove (the) website and associated content from YouTube.com. Article10 Presentations takes breaches of customer information very seriously and has since dismissed the placement student responsible for the leak and is considering further disciplinary action.
"Prince Harry's best man speech and supporting presentation was hosted on a confidential page of the Article10 Presentations website. This was shared with a third party who posted the link on their Twitter feed. Article10 management has apologized personally to Prince Harry and will be launching a full investigation in to the matter, implementing tighter security measures as a result of this incident."
Prince William is due to wed Kate Middleton in London on April 29. Prince Harry will undertake best man duties on the day.