Ryan Lochte on Prince Harry

Lochte says he is 'thankful' to have NOT been invited to the prince's hotel room

Rappler.com
Published 11:15 AM, August 24, 2012
Updated 11:15 AM, August 24, 2012

RYAN LOCHTE's 'RACE' WITH Prince Harry has re-ignited the athlete's competitive edge. Image from the Ryan Lochte Official Facebook Fan Page

RYAN LOCHTE's 'RACE' WITH Prince Harry has re-ignited the athlete's competitive edge. Image from the Ryan Lochte Official Facebook Fan Page

WASHINGTON, United States of America - Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte visited the Today show on Thursday, August 23 (Friday, August 24 in Manila) and candidly answered Matt Lauer's questions on his reported "pool party" with Britain's Prince Harry.

"We were at the same pool party, and his people came over to my table," said Lochte. "They said, 'Prince Harry wants to meet you'."

According to Lochte, they never got to meet at the recent London 2012 Olympics, and so he went to meet the royal who was also in Las Vegas on a break from official royal duties.

That time, according to Lochte, both of them were still fully-clothed.

Then Prince Harry asked him, "Hey, you wanna do something? You wanna race me in the pool?"

"I just took off my clothes, jumped in the pool and we started racing," Lochte told Lauer.

A YOUTUBE SCREEN GRAB of a video showing Prince Harry and Ryan Lochte about to 'compete' in the pool of the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas

A YOUTUBE SCREEN GRAB of a video showing Prince Harry and Ryan Lochte about to 'compete' in the pool of the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas

"He's really a nice guy and he's really talkative," he added. "After our race, we went our separate ways."

When asked if Prince Harry ever invited him to his hotel room to join the strip billiards party, Lochte said, "Kinda happy that he did not invite me to the hotel room."

Controversial or not, one thing's for sure, said Lochte: his "race" with Harry brought back his competitive edge.

"I'm going back to training on Monday to prepare for Rio."

Prince Harry's controversial nude photos spread rapidly on the web last Tuesday, August 22, after TMZ posted them in their website. While Clarence House confirmed that the photos were "genuine," the palace did not comment.

None of the British tabloids have published the photos, and complaints about a "royal gag order" have been reported.

As of press time, The Sun — Rupert Murdoch's popular British tabloid — has said that they will publish the photos in their Friday edition. - Rappler.com