Thursday 22 February 2018

Home of the king goes crazy for newly-single Prince Harry

Prince Harry: newly single
Prince Harry: newly single

Nick Allen

It was meant to be a quiet pre-wedding dinner, but the visit of a newly-single Prince Harry and his brother to a barbecue restaurant in Memphis turned into a presidential-style event, with a security convoy, news helicopters and gaggles of screaming girls.

William and Harry spent two hours at a restaurant called Rendezvous among 175 guests toasting the marriage in the US city yesterday of their friend Guy Pelly to Lizzy Wilson.

As 'Harry-mania' swept Memphis, the 29-year-old prince was greeted with cries of "Oh my God" and "We love you!" as he stepped from a blacked-out Chevrolet Suburban driven by a US State Department agent.

Onlookers hung out of a multi-storey car park trying to catch a glimpse of the prince, who was dressed in a light-blue shirt and jeans, and Prince William, who arrived in a separate vehicle. US agents with earpieces stood guard.

"We're very aware of the fact that Harry is now an eligible bachelor," said Dorothy Oehmler (18) referring to his recent split from Cressida Bonas.

Allie Fairly (19) said: "This is the biggest thing that's happened in Memphis. It's just amazing that they're here. Yes we know he's single now but I have a boyfriend."

Inside the restaurant the princes tucked into a meal of barbecue ribs, chicken, beef brisket, beans and coleslaw.

"It was as Memphis as you can get," said John Vergos, the restaurant's owner. "There was beer and wine but some of the Brits seemed to like Jack Daniels. There were no speeches and it was very casual. They were very nice, very approachable and seemed to have a very good time. They were cool. I told William I appreciated all the things they're involved in in Africa trying to save threatened species."

The designer Kathryn Miller made invitations for the event featuring a pig dressed as Elvis Presley, whose Graceland home is in Memphis.

The princes left Rendezvous at 10.30pm and were driven separately to a house where they are staying.

They avoided the late night bars of downtown Memphis but their cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, joined the bride and groom at an open air venue with a band. Wedding guests danced on tables until well after midnight as the band wished Mr Pelly and Ms Wilson well.

Ms Wilson's family is one of the best-known in Memphis, where her grandfather founded the Holiday Inn hotel chain. Their marriage took place at the Memphis Hunt and Polo club, which has 200 acres. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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