Simon Cowell has defended Prince Harry's naked photo scandal.

The royal was partying with a bevy of beauties in a Las Vegas hotel suite when someone took pictures of him completely nude during a game of strip billiards and sold them to a US website but Simon thinks it was normal behaviour for a 27-year-old man.

He told In Touch Weekly magazine: ''He's one heck of a nice guy and if I was his age I would have ended up with a few cute girls in a hotel room with my clothes off too.''

A biography of Simon recently revealed his own fondness for women but he is unembarrassed.

He said: ''I started working in this business when I was 17, now I'm 52. If the worst I've done - which is to make a bit of money and s**g a few girls - I would do the last 20 years all over again.''