Usually the lead-up to a royal wedding includes at least 12 months worth of stories about how hours of hand-beading imported crystals it will take to complete the gown and which of Queen Elizabeth’s jeweled tiaras will be chosen to compliment the buttercream roses on the wedding cake. And when the big day arrives, there are (usually) thousands of photographers and people lining the streets, hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple, or at the very least, Oprah. But when Princess Beatrice gets married to her Italian aristocrat fiancé Edoardo Mapeli Mozzi this year, it’s probably going to be a whole lot less extravagant than what you’d expect. And she’s partially got daddy to thank for that.
31-year-old Princess Bea announced she was getting married to her semi-scandalous boyfriend a little over a month after her dad, Prince Andrew, publicly became part of the Jeffrey Epstein situation, which led to Andrew’s train wreck interview and him stepping away from his royal duties. Prince Andrew may be her dad, but he’s also a brand-killer. There was word that Bea moved the date of her engagement party because she didn’t want to be upstaged upon arrival by Andrew. We later learned that when it finally did happen, Andrew skipped it.
Page Six says that Andrew won’t be absent for Bea’s wedding, which is too bad, because the most thoughtful present he could give her on her big day would be not having to watch all the wedding guests awkwardly avoid eye contact with Andrew. Andrew will reportedly walk Bea down the aisle. Express UK says that royal expert Jennie Bond recently suggested that everything else will be “scaled down,” due to Andrew’s current status as the Royal Family’s antidote to damage control. But also because Princess Eugenie’s wedding was an expensive flop.
“I think they’re going to have to rethink the arrangements for Beatrice’s wedding.” Bond said Beatrice and her soon-to-be hubby had been planning their wedding on the same scale as her sister, Princess Eugenie. “But there were outcries of security costs for the taxpayer and I don’t think they’ll want a similar embarrassment for Beatrice so I imagine that will be scaled down somewhat,” Bond added.
Jennie Bond also thinks that the Royal Family will make Bea’s wedding just a bit more hush-hush, because they’re expecting the possibility of even more Epstein-related developments in 2020. Five women have reportedly accused Andrew of being an eye witness to abuse that took place at Jeffrey Epstein’s home. Lawyers are allegedly planning to serve Andrew with a subpoena to testify about his involvement. There’s also allegedly an email between Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in which he confirms that he definitely knows who his longtime accuser Virginia Giuffre is. The FBI also reportedly want to talk to Andrew. So 2020 is not going to be his year either.
Bea’s dreams of a big fat Royal wedding might be crushed, but I’m sure Andrew isn’t bothered. The only thing Andrew cares about is that The Queen will be there. The line between fantasy and reality is pretty blurry for Andrew, and he’s probably hoping the same rules that apply to a mafia wedding will apply to Bea’s big day. I can definitely picture Andrew skipping into the chapel, and making a beeline for The Queen.
“So, according to this movie The Godfather, the head of the family can grant wishes on the day of a daughter’s wedding. Mummy, my wish is that you make me a prince again, and send the FBI to the dungeon. Pleeeeease?”