Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York, announced her engagement to Edoardo, a multi-millionaire Italian property developer last September.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on January 8, 2020

Princess Beatrice, the Queen’s granddaughter, is planning to get married to her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi this year, in late May or early June.

Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York, announced her engagement to Edoardo, a multi-millionaire Italian property developer last September.

When Kate Middleton married Prince William in April 2011, when Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry in May 2018 and Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walked down the aisle in October 2018, Royal followers watched every magical moment, from the arrival at church, the walk down the aisle, to the couple’s first kiss.

Estimated figures for Kate Middleton’s marriage to Prince William include a peak audience of 26.3 million viewers and a total of 36.7 million watching at least some part of the wedding coverage in the UK, while in the US, the wedding drew an average audience of 22.8 million, with over 60 million tuning in at some point to watch part of the coverage. Almost 18 million Britons watched Markle marry Prince Harry and Nielsen data stated 29 million Americans tuned in to the wedding across 15 different broadcast and cable networks. Three million people in the UK watched the wedding of Princess Eugenie.

Princess Beatrice, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

However Princess Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York, is set to have a big day seen by no-one, The Independent reported.

The BBC, which is offered broadcast rights to all royal occasions for free, has announced it would not be offering live coverage of Beatrice’s marriage. Instead, the BBC said it would provide “news coverage” of Princess Beatrice’s nuptials, across BBC services. BBC’s UK rival, ITV, who screened the wedding of Princess Eugenie in 2018, also said they “definitely won’t” be covering the event in their daytime schedule.

The reason is that Princess Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, has cast a dark shadow over the happiest day of her life.

Prince Andrew with his arm around 17-year-old Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in the background. Photo: Twitter

Princess Beatrice’s engagement was overshadowed by revelations of her father’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal, which dominated headlines for weeks. Virginia Roberts Giuffre publicly stated that she had to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 in 2001.

Then Prince Andrew gave an appalling interview on the BBC about the allegations against him, which led the Queen to end his public duties.

Prince Andrew avoided going to the engagement party organised by Mozzi’s mother in London last month. Sarah, Duchess of York, and Princess Eugenie attended.

“It was our understanding she very much wanted a wedding in the UK, although I understand that a wedding overseas in now an option on the table,” royals commentator Katie Nicholl said.

“I think what’s happened with her father now pretty much guarantees that it will be just that – low key and a focus on family and private, rather than a big royal wedding.”

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