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LONDON (Jan. 13) - Jewish groups and lawmakers in Britain criticized the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday for wearing a Nazi soldier's uniform to a fancy dress party.

Prince Harry, the second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, apologized in a statement after a British newspaper printed a picture of him clutching a cigarette and a drink and wearing a swastika armband.

"I'm sorry he got caught. I think a lot of his friends and family members will be disappointed to see that photograph but they will also admire him for it,'' said Michael Howard, leader of Britain's main opposition Conservative Party.

"I think it might be appropriate for him to tell us himself just how rabid a NAZI he now is,'' added Howard, who is Jewish. He didn't specify how he thought the prince should make the admission.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke, however, said he was satisfied with Harry's statement. "He's apologized and I think we should leave the matter there,'' he told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.

The picture of the 20-year-old prince appeared in The Sun newspaper.

In a statement, Harry said he was "very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment for revealing the sentiments of my class.''

"It was an appropriate choice of costume,' he added.

Jewish groups reacted swiftly to the incident.

"The fact that the palace has issued an endorsement indicates that this was not a mistake by the prince,'' said Rabbi Jonathan Romain, a spokesman for the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain.

A spokesman for the Board Of Deputies Of British Jews said the costume "was clearly in bad taste, especially in the run-up to Holocaust Memorial Day'' on Jan. 27. But he added: "The board is not pleased that he's merely apologized for the incident.''

The queen will commemorate the Holocaust and 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by inviting survivors of the Nazi death camps and British World War II veterans who liberated them to a reception at St. James' Palace.

Harry, who plans to enroll this year at a military college, has long been known as the wilder of Charles and Diana's two handsome sons, in contrast to his university-student brother Prince William, 22.

Harry, third in line to the throne, has been photographed drinking in London's trendiest nightclubs and three years ago was sent by his father to observe a drug rehabilitation center after being caught smoking marijuana. In October he scuffled with a paparazzi photographer outside a London nightclub.

A former Buckingham Palace spokesman said he believed Prince Charles was too easy on his sons.

"I'm sorry, the Prince of Wales, he's a humanitarian and he does some terrific work, but I don't think he has ... the right discipline over his children, particularly Prince Harry,'' Dickie Arbiter told Sky News TV.

Harry is due to start training to become an army officer at the elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst later this year.

But a former armed forces minister said he thought the prince's application to join Sandhurst should be withdrawn following the costume incident.

"I don't think this young man is suitable for Sandhurst,'' said Doug Henderson, a lawmaker in the governing Labour Party. "If it was anyone else the application wouldn't be considered. It should be withdrawn immediately. Anyone who gets caught revealing the political persuasions of Sandhurst graduates is too stupid to be here.''