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Memphis, TN — 3 lucky people of a crowd of more than 100 gastronomic voyeurists that gathered on the sidewalk outside Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous went home with Prince Harry, Prince William souvenirs.
According to reports, restaurant owner John Vergos – who was still in his apron after the princes’ security whisked them away around 11 p.m Thursday night – greeted royal fans standing atop chair. “He told us while the inside was very different and comfortable and how they fed presidents, rock stars, and now princes, that those are once in a lifetime customers. He said we are the regular everyday folks. He apologized to anybody that had reservations and if security harrassed us. He offered to make it up to us by selling us the unwashed dishes of the 175 people at the pre-wedding dinner,” said, onlooker Darla Chapman. “But everybody only cared about the princes. Well, it was this one guy who shouted his admiration of Lizzie. He thought it would be cool to clean the plate of Kemmon Wilson’s granddaughter. I guess he really likes staying at the Holiday Inn,” continued Chapman.
All 3 aforementioned winners were vacationing. Either in town for the Grizzlies game 6 against the Thunder or the Memphis in May festival. Londoner Victoria Springall, who was one of the winners, said she was going to lick her slaw and beans infested plate. “It’s going to be like I’m kissing Harry, she giggled. Oklahoma native Nicholas Pegues said carrying a half-full glass of Prince William’s Jack Daniels was the longest walk he ever took in his life. “I was 30 minutes from the hotel normal walking but I had to slow walk. Probably took me 2 hours. I scared I gone spill the booze. It had some of the princes’ saliva in it, dude,” said Pegues. To everyones surprise, Cincinati winner Jessica Gertler said she was actually going to wash her Prince William’s BBQ-stained plate. “Well, I never do the dishes. My husband is always fussing at me about it. When he comes home tonight I want to make him drop his suitcase when he sees me in the kitchen scrubbing all these barbecue stains. I can’t wait ’til he ask me what did I do with the real Jessica.”
The crowd was set to scatter in all directions when the last prince’s dirty dish was sold, however, owner Vergos urged them to not leave and tried giving them a hard-sell on the benefits of the dishes of the other 173 people. The once-friendly crowd turned into an angry mob and accused Vergos of trying to sell the dishes because he and his staff didn’t want to wash them. Afraid of being shouted down from his chair, Vergos admitted it. “You can’t blame me for trying.”
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•Photos: Glimpes into Prince Harry, William Memphis Visit (WREG)