Murdoch's tweet said:
"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."
On Friday, The Sun published the nude photos that had been leaked earlier in the week, and which are now all over the Internet. Despite Murdoch's call for leniency, it was reported that Murdoch personally ordered The Sun to publish the pictures.
The Sun's managing editor David Dinsmore had previously told the media it was a matter of "principle concerning press freedom."
TMZ first published the images, saying they were taken after Prince Harry and his entourage met some women in a Las Vegas hotel bar and invited them up to the Prince's suite.
The report said the party involved strip pool, and one image showed a fully nude Harry cupping his genitals while an apparently topless woman stood behind him. In another photo, a naked Harry is behind a nude woman, either bear-hugging her or perhaps even attempting standing intercourse with her.
original photos, others have published images of The Sun on a newsstand, with the first of the two images above shown on the cover.
An embedded video report, above, shows the images, as well.