Monday, 21 Sep 2020

Princess Beatrice wedding: Britons urged to ‘get behind her’ after Meghan and Harry split

Princess Beatrice formally announced details of her wedding to Edo last week, revealing the ceremony will take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace on the last Friday in May. The service will be followed by a private reception, hosted by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. It will be a chance for members of the Royal Family to come together following the fallout from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family and a royal expert has urged Britons to “get behind” the special day.

Royal commentator Grant Harrold, known as The Royal Butler, said he hoped Princess Beatrice’s wedding will not be dominated by the ongoing-controversy surrounding her father Prince Andrew’s association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Duke of York will give away his eldest daughter on her big day, just as he did with Princess Eugenie in October 2018.

Mr Harrold, a former member of the royal household to the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, told Express.co.uk: “I certainly hope that the wedding is not overshadowed by issues that she has had no part in as this would be rather inappropriate.

“Any daughter in the world has the dream of their father walking them down the aisle so why should her dream be any different.”

The royal commentator then urged Britons to “get behind” Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding.

He said: “This is, after all, a Royal wedding as Beatrice is an HRH and a Princess, so I do hope the country gets behind her and lets her enjoy her day considering all of the recent negative press on the British Royal Family.”

The comment alludes to Meghan and Harry’s split from the Royal Family, which was announced and later confirmed last month.

The couple are now living in Canada with their nine-month-old son baby Archie and it is not yet known whether the pair will attend the upcoming nuptials.

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Mr Harrold said there was “no doubt” that all members of the Royal Family will be invited to attend Beatrice and Edo’s special day but said it will be down to “personal diaries and schedules” as to whether or not they will attend.

The Palace are likely to announce who will be attending the wedding nearer the time.

The wedding is set to be more low-key than her sister Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

It will not be televised, as previously confirmed by both the BBC and ITV, and the ceremony will take place at the Chapel Royal, which is not as high profile as St George’s Chapel, Windsor where both her sister and Meghan and Harry were married.

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Many important weddings have been celebrated in the Chapel Royal, including the one of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on February 10, 1840.

The reception for Beatrice and Edo will be held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, something Mr Harrold says is not an “unusual decision”.

It will be the first reception to be held at the palace since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011.

Other royals to hold their wedding receptions at the palace include Beatrice’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, as well as The Queen and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Buckingham Palace announced the details of the Royal Wedding on Friday, February 7.

It said: “The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020.

“The couple became engaged in Italy in September 2019.

“Her Majesty The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.”

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