No tears for Cressida - Prince Harry in US with screaming girls and Jack Daniel's at royal party
Harry-mania in Memphis as Prince Harry and Prince William visit restaurant ahead of society wedding
Published 02/05/2014 | 13:27
Prince Harry mania broke out in Memphis as a royal visit to a barbecue restaurant drew a gaggle of screaming female fans.
The 29-year-old was greeted by yelps of “We love you!” as he turned up at the Rendezvous rib joint with Prince William.
The pair are in the US to attend the wedding of their friend, Guy Pelly, who is marrying Holiday Inn heiress Lizzy Wilson on Saturday.
The US State Department provided seven blacked-out SUVs for the royal motorcade, with a police escort and agents with earpieces.
It was not quite Beatlemania - the crowd outside the restaurant numbered around 100 - but confirmed the prince's heart-throb status. Harry and William flew separately to Memphis and Harry’s arrival prompted such excitement that his drive from the airport was followed by a local TV helicopter and broadcast live.
Rendezvous owner Charles Vergo said the royal party was relatively sedate, although some of the British guests ordered Jack Daniel's.
Prince Harry is sighted leaving the Soho Beach House on May 1, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dave Lee/GC Images)
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are also in Memphis, and they joined Pelly at a bar in Beale Street where they were spotted dancing until after midnight.
Harry is without a date for the wedding as he split from his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, on the eve of the trip.
An argument over the Pelly wedding was apparently the trigger for their break-up. Miss Bonas, 25, was said to be reluctant to pay her own £650 airfare if the relationship was doomed.
Prince Harry (R) and Cressida Bonas (L) take their seats during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The “heated” row resulted in the couple discussing their future and deciding to go their separate ways, according to friends.
Miss Bonas was also said to be unhappy with the media attention surrounding their relationship, including the focus on her dress sense.
A friend said: “The mobile camera phone menace has become a nightmare for her – imagine how you would feel if every time you stepped out of your door ordinary people started pointing mobile phone cameras at you.”