One man’s forgotten skivvies are another man’s publicity prop.
The briefs that Prince Harry purportedly left behind at his infamous “Hangover”-styled party at Wynn Las Vegas a decade ago will be auctioned Thursday night at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club. Bids will also be taken online (go to vegashustlerclub.com for details).
The former adult dancer known as Carrie Royale, legal name of Carrie Reichart, reports she was at the party in the Encore resort suite when Harry stripped nude during a game of strip billiards. Photos of the escapade went around the world on Aug. 12, 2012.
How Royale wound up with Harry’s briefs has not been revealed.
But Royale is now offering the item for auction at the Flynt club, with the live auction starting 10 p.m. Thursday. The former stripper is seeking at least $1 million. Bidding is expected to open at $10,000.
Club operator Jason Mohney says he is confident of the item’s authenticity.
“I’ve seen the pictures,” Money says. “There is visual evidence of her carrying the underwear.”
Also, Royale says it is “rumored” Harry visited the Hustler club on that trip lo so many years ago. No actual verification of that visit, and Mohney says he’s not certain if Royale ever danced at the club.
The dress and swimsuit Royale wore during the party are also offered. If/when the bidding surpasses $800,000, a bottle of 1996 Dom Pérignon Rose, wrapped in 24-karat gold, is also in the auction lot.
Royale will be on hand Thursday night (her pre-event news conference at the club is Wednesday afternoon). A Hustler-branded, step-and-repeat is being planned in this hastily organized garment sale.
Mohney says some of the money culled from the sale will be donated to Harry and Meghan’s Beverly Hills-based Archwell charity. This would be an unprecedented philanthropic gesture, to put it mildly.
“I am holding the auction to help remind Harry of his fun side, the side that his wife Meghan has tried to control,” Royale said in a statement. “But beware, that wild side can come out at any time, especially when Harry visits Vegas next.” The message is, keep track of your personal items, at all times, when visiting Vegas.
A mutual friend of Mohney and Royale, publicist Al Taylor, made it all possible. Mohney is grateful for the hookup.
“Taylor got a hold of me and said, ‘You want to be a part of this auction?’ And I said, ‘Sure! Let’s put something together,’” Mohney says. “You know, we can get some some publicity, we can have a little bit of fun and give away some money to charity? It seems like a win-win-win to me.”
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