Royal SHOCK: How ‘cruel twist of fate’ to overshadow Princess Beatrice’s wedding


PRINCESS BEATRICE’S wedding news is the silver-lining to a rocky few months for the royal family. However, one royal commentator has claimed the big day could be overshadowed by “a cruel twist of fate.”

Princess Beatrice, 31, will marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36 on May 29. The date and venue of the royal wedding have finally been confirmed by the palace following months of speculation. The ceremony will take place in St James’s historic Chapel Royal and the Queen will host the reception at Buckingham Palace.

The royal nuptials will take place during a difficult period for the York Family.

Princess Beatrice’s father Prince Andrew, 59, stepped back from his royal role before Christmas after a TV interview he gave about his friendship with deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein spectacularly backfired.

While the Prince categorically denies any wrongdoing, his initial failure to express empathy for Epstein’s victims saw him fiercely criticised.

The scandal surrounding Andrew’s link to Epstein refuses to go away and is understood to have informed Beatrice’s wish for a toned-down wedding.


Royal SHOCK: How ‘cruel twist of fate’ to overshadow Princess Beatrice’s wedding (Image: GETTY)


Royal SHOCK: The scandal surrounding Prince Andrew risks dwarfing Bea’s big day (Image: GETTY)

While Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie pulled out all the stops for her big day in October 2018, Princess Beatrice will have a more private affair.

Prince Andrew has faced fresh scrutiny in recent weeks after US attorney Geoffrey Berman accused him of providing “zero co-operation” with an FBI inquiry into late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

One royal commentator has claimed Princess Beatrice’s low-key wedding and venue choice strikes the right note, given the scandal which has engulfed her father.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told “The decision to have a low key wedding for Princess Beatrice when she marries Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi in May, but to have the venue as the historic Chapel Royal followed by a reception hosted by the Queen in the gardens of Buckingham Palace strikes the right note.


Royal SHOCK: They will have their wedding in London (Image: GETTY)


Royal SHOCK: The couple have been engaged since September (Image: GETTY)

He added: “It takes into account the changed circumstances since Eugenie’s stylish marriage to Jack Brooksbank which attracted a television audience of some three million people and was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 2018.

“Involving prestigious venues gives a cachet to the occasion, which the Queen obviously intended as well as keeping it private and relatively low-key with the Chapel Royal only seating 150 guests.”

The Palace has confirmed Prince Andrew will walk Princess Beatrice down the aisle on her wedding day.

According to Mr Fitzwilliams, there is serious risk that news around Andrew could dwarf Beatrice’s big day.

He said: “There will, of course, be some public interest but there will certainly be considerable press interest.

“It is a cruel twist of fate that, unless Beatrice’s father Prince Andrew is seen to have cooperated with the FBI inquiry into Epstein, the wedding will be at least partly overshadowed by allegations against him and the coverage will highlight issues linked to this most disastrous of royal friendships.”

While Prince Philip, 98, retired from royal duty in 2017, Mr Fitzwilliams believes he is likely to attend Beatrice’s wedding.

He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh, who will be 99 in June, will undoubtedly attend the wedding if his health permits as he did Eugenie’s, despite having retired.”


Royal SHOCK: They will marry on May 29, 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s step back from royal duty and Prince Andrew’s withdrawal speculation Beatrice and Eugenie may take on more royal duties is likely to continue.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Given the fact that the Sussexes are standing down as senior royals and that Andrew is highly unlikely to undertake any further royal duties unless there is a seismic change in developments linked to the investigations into Epstein and into the controversies he is involved in.

“There is bound to be speculation as to whether Beatrice and Eugenie, who are not working royals, might carry out some royal duties at some point in the future.”

However, Mr Fitzwilliams believes the princesses of York are unlikely to ramp up their royal roles in future.

He said: “There is likely to be little public enthusiasm for this, though the number of royal engagements will undoubtedly decline if the numbers of working royals are reduced.”


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