Brit star Alex Jennings hits Gibsons and (of course) puts mustard on his steak
Jennings plays King Edward VIII, the only English king to abdicate the throne on “The Crown” — sound familiar?
It’s no surprise the decision by Prince Harry and his American wife, Meghan Markle, to resign from the royal “firm” not only gobsmacked the British chattering classes — but drew gulps and guffaws from the American public.
After all, what liberated American woman would want to take orders from her grandmother-in-law — even if she is the Queen of England?
Bowing to royalty must have been bad enough for Markle, who then had to endure being slaughtered by the Brit tabloid press.
As a royal watcher who covered three major Brit royal weddings and the death of Princess Diana, this couple was destined to head out of the royal enclosure before they got hitched.
And it must have been a bit off-putting to live in a nation where many put mustard on steak!
Ironically, that is exactly what distinguished Brit actor Alex Jennings, who stars on the magnificent Netflix series “The Crown” — did when he dined at Gibsons on Rush nearly two weeks ago.
Jennings, a three-time winner of Britain’s prestigious Olivier Award, plays King Edward VIII, England’s only king to quit the throne to marry an American divorcee he loved.
“He came in late with his wife and two children and ordered several different steaks plus a hamburger,” said a Gibsons waiter.
“And, of course, ordered English mustard for the steak,” said the waiter. It was hardly a surprise, he noted: “All our English visitors order mustard with steak.”
Jennings, who drew crowds of fans at his table lauding him for his role on the series, “was impeccable in his manners and had that amazing British accent,” said the waiter. “A gentleman who asked to have the steak cut up in a way his family could sample each collectively.”
Did the meat, let’s say, meet expectations?
“He said was the meat was superb!”
Kathy O’Malley, Gibsons uber hostess, tells Sneed Jennings said he had been directed to the legendary steakhouse by actress Julie (“The Sound of Music”) Andrews and had been in Chicago for his recent role in the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” at the Lyric Opera House — and was heading to Vermont after leaving the eatery.
“He was a class act,” said the waiter.
Betcha Markle, who attended Northwestern University, would probably have asked the waiter to pass the ketchup.
And he’s being held once more in a prison outside Illinois.
Convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson, who was mysteriously and suddenly moved from a federal prison in Indiana in early December, has been located.
Sneed is told Peterson, who was once at Menard Correctional Center in downstate Illinois, before being transferred to a federal facility in Terre Haute, Ind., was abruptly transferred a few weeks ago to an Indiana state prison — the New Castle Correctional Facility.
A top source claims Peterson describes his new facility as “being pretty laid back,” since he was informed of the move while working his laundry job on Dec. 6 from a maximum security federal prison and quickly relocated into state custody via the Illinois Department of Corrections.
“He still has no idea why he was moved,” said the source.
Peterson, who had been hit with a tray soon after being imprisoned in Indiana the first time, described the new prison as being populated with, “an older group of prisoners,” said the source.
Peterson, a former Bolingbrook cop, was convicted in 2012 for the killing of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He is also listed as the sole person of interest in the 2007 disappearance of fourth wife Stacy Peterson.
The R. Kelly file . . .
Timing is everything.
So while singer R. Kelly’s two girlfriends were embroiled in fisticuffs at their old digs at Trump Tower on the his 53rd birthday Wednesday … and a group of fans were singing happy birthday outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he is being held on criminal sexual abuse charges ... Kelly was chatting with his attorney, Steve Greenberg, and “wishing he were elsewhere smoking a cigar and eating a piece of cake,” his lawyer said.
Sneedlings . . .
Priest Michael Pfleger, plans to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a silent “blue light” peace walk through Auburn Gresham Jan. 15. ... Saturday’s birthdays: Mary J. Blige, 49; Yolanda Hadid, 56; and Kyle Richards, 51. ... Sunday’s birthdays: Jeff Bezos, 56; Issa Rae, 35; and Howard Stern, 66. ... Happy belated birthday to the eclectic Elaine Greenberg, an ageless 80, who also happens to be priceless. Just ask her son.