Mensch, who announced she was standing down as an MP earlier this month, claimed there was a clear public interest in the photos being published in an interview with the Today programme last week.
It provoked an angry riposte from fellow Tory MP Dorries. In a blog post on the Conservative Home website, Dorries said she was ‘bitterly disappointed’at Mensch’s support for The Sun.
He may have been a foolish Prince, but he is our Prince, and that is why I find the photographs being published by a British newspaper so utterly reprehensible. Newspapers which spent days, if not weeks, covering the funeral of his mother, who was after all literally driven to her death by the media.
There was absolutely no public interest in publishing the photos. It was about a British newspaper chasing profit and failing to support our unique Royal family, who are, after all, just a family, with children like the rest of us who mess up every now and then.
It was a private party in a private room. Harry was not photographed paying for sex, taking illegal drugs, or engaging in anything other than a soldier letting off steam on holiday.
And in a further attack on Mensch, Dorries commented:
One of the most unprofessional and undignified comments ever heard in a select committee hearing was when Louise Mensch announced that she had to leave a crucial, televised hearing involving the Murdochs, in order to do the school run.
As she left she schmoozed to James Murdoch, in the witness chair at the time, ‘I believe we have children the same age’. This was stomach turning for female MPs, who act in a professional manner in order not to be judged lacking against our male peers, knowing that hell would freeze over before any male MP would behave in the same way.
Louise has always put her own ambitions first. She has spent her entire time in Parliament void of principle, as an ultimate loyalist Cameroon, regardless of the issues, and then commented in frustration ‘what do I have to do to get promoted?’