Royal weddings have a reputation for being (tastefully) over the top. Often, the events are televised—as with Kate Middleton and Prince William's, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's nuptials—and even lesser-known Windsors often have weddings that are announced well in advance and swarmed by the paparazzi (as with Lady Gabriella Windsor's big day in 2019).
Princess Beatrice and her now-husband, Edoardo "Edo" Mapelli Mozzi, are the exception to the rule. After being forced to scrap plans for a May wedding due to the pandemic, the couple tied the knot in a small, previously unannounced ceremony in Windsor. Fans even had to wait a full day, after learning about the ceremony, to see any photos of the event.
So why the scaled-down nuptials? It has a lot to do with the ongoing coronavirus crisis. "The couple decided to hold a small private ceremony with their parents and siblings following the postponement of their wedding in May," a statement from Buckingham Palace explained. "Working within government guidelines, the service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family."
A source told Town & Country that the event "was planned for some time and planned around the Queen's schedule."
There is also the controversy surrounding Beatrice's father, Prince Andrew. The Prince's association with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell has been public knowledge for some time, but he faced renewed criticism after Epstein's 2019 arrest. The public outcry reached a fever pitch following Andrew's televised interview with journalist Emily Maitlis in November 2019, and he subsequently voluntarily stepped back from his royal duties.
Although Beatrice and Edo's wedding day was, of course, about them and not Prince Andrew, it is possible that his situation influenced a decision to keep things small and steer clear of the usual press frenzy.
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