If you’ve been following the ongoing saga surrounding Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s wedding, you need to hear this major reported update. According to People, Princess Beatrice’s wedding might be postponed for a third time — now due to coronavirus concerns. The couple was set to wed on May 29 at St. James’s Palace in London, surrounded by their A-list family members and friends. (Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly planning to fly from Canada for the big day.) Now, the celebration is reportedly being put on hold as the world responds to the growing coronavirus pandemic.
In a March 18 statement to The Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace reportedly explained that Beatrice and Edoardo "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." The reception, which was scheduled to be a garden party at Buckingham Palace, will reportedly no longer take place. The ceremony might be scaled back as well. '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 palace reportedly explained. Whether the event will still happen on May 29 is unclear, but according to the Daily Mail, it won't be what the couple was originally planning.
On March 17, the Queen called off all upcoming spring garden parties at Buckingham Palace due to social distancing recommendations outlined by the government. She will reportedly head to Windsor Castle on March 19 to self-isolate for several weeks.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first hitch in the planning process for Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding. Ever since they announced their engagement on Sept. 26, 2019, they’ve struggled to nail down final plans. According to The Sun, the wedding date announcement was postponed twice due to the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, and the drama around Harry and Meghan's decision to step back from senior royal life. Beatrice was reportedly “furious” that the wedding announcement kept being pushed back.
On Feb. 7, 2020, Buckingham Palace finally announced that the ceremony and reception would be held on May 29. Beatrice’s sister Eugenie shared her joyful reaction to the news on Instagram, writing, “She’s so excited…. Today the family announced Beatrice will marry Edo on 29th May 2020. Very proud of this moment.” An insider source told The Sun that the royals “hope to portray the Beatrice wedding as the big event that brings the family back together again.”
Now, it’s unclear whether the wedding will proceed on schedule after all. Hopefully, the couple and the palace can figure out a plan for the celebration with everyone’s health and safety in mind.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated to include new information from Buckingham Palace's reported March 18 statement to The Daily Mail.
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