Princess Beatrice, the elder daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, may not ever get married at this rate. The 31-year-old, who is employed as the Vice President of Partnerships & Strategy for software company Afiniti, has faced setback after setback in planning her own strategic partnership with fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
The couple have been dating since 2018. They were supposed to wed at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London on May 29. This would be followed by a lavish reception in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Now, they have to decide whether to postpone or cancel the ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.
An official statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed what we suspected: “Princess Beatrice and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi are very much looking forward to getting married but are equally aware of the need to avoid undertaking any unnecessary risks in the current circumstances.
“They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people. Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place. The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends,” The statement continued.
This is hardly the first setback Beatrice has faced. She was forced to postpone her engagement party and the announcement of the wedding date more than once. This was because of Prince Andrew’s ongoing scandal. You know, the one where he was friends with a convicted pedophile and may have participated in an international sex trafficking ring.
While Fergie is furiously googling “how to repair your marriage” in a bid to get back together with Andrew–seriously, their relationship is a mess–Beatrice is struggling to make it to the altar.
With the dark cloud of Andrew’s infamy hanging over the wedding, none of the British broadcasting networks wanted to televise the wedding. It had to sting, just a little, that Bea’s younger sister, Princess Eugenie, got the full Royal Wedding treatment with a televised ceremony at St. George’s Chapel.
Beatrice and Edoardo eventually announced that they planned to marry in late spring at the Royal Chapel at St. James’s Palace, located in London, with a reception at Buckingham Palace afterward. Not in the palace, to be clear. Only direct heirs get that kind of thing. But Queen Elizabeth permitted the couple to plan a garden party reception.
With the controversy surrounding the wedding–mostly thanks to Andrew–some Royal watchers wondered whether the couple would be better off marrying in Italy at the estate of Edoardo’s family. He’s descended from Italian nobility. While a Continental wedding might lack the pomp and circumstance of a UK ceremony, they would have more privacy.
Since Italy is one of the hardest hit countries of the coronavirus pandemic, that option is off the table. And most governments around the world suggest against–or have outright banned–gatherings. It seems that if Beatrice and Edoardo want to get married soon, their only option is a small ceremony.