Eighties icon BILLY IDOL sympathises with British royal Prince Harry after the outcry over his Nazi costume stunt - because he did the same as a teenager.

The young British royal caused outrage last month (JAN05) when he was photographed at a pal's fancy dress party sporting a Nazi soldier uniform.

But Idol admits he often wore swastikas to make shocking fashion statements in his youth.

He tells website PAGESIX.COM, "We were young kids and all we wanted to do was p**s off the people who fought in the war who were teaching us.

"Then we found out how terrible it was and we never used it again."

01/02/2005 21:18