A royal wedding can often cause a frenzy that reaches to every corner of the globe. And a ceremony that was meant to happen in the spring of 2020 could well have had that effect. But, according to sources, the nuptials look like being called off. The princess concerned would have good reason for canceling too, one that’s deeply upsetting to more than just her and her family.
We’re talking, of course, about Princess Beatrice who was meant to walk down the aisle in the spring. And considering her cousins’ recent weddings – and the fanfare that came with them – she probably would’ve been splashed across newspapers and magazines. Now, though, she’s unlikely to follow in Prince William or Harry’s footsteps.
As with any royal wedding in the United Kingdom, Princess Beatrice would have had a gorgeous day, too. Firstly, she and her groom-to-be, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, would have exchanged vows at central London’s Chapel Royal. Then, they’d celebrate their new relationship status with a 300-person party at none other than Buckingham Palace.
But just two months before Princess Beatrice and Mozzi were set to say, “I do,” the royal apparently squashed their wedding plans. And although it was unusual for a royal family member to do so, it clearly made sense given the reasoning behind it. In fact, sources in the know were more than willing to reveal the cause.
Now, Prince Andrew, the second-born son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and his former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, welcomed their first child together on August 8, 1988. The world knows her as Princess Beatrice of York, and she currently stands ninth in line to the British throne.
Anyway, in 2018 – the same year that her cousin, Prince Harry, and sister, Princess Eugenie, had their royal weddings – word broke that Princess Beatrice may have found love, too. And, while some news outlets reported that her supposed boyfriend was a brand new person in her life, it seemed as though she had known him for some time.
You see, back in 2011 a man named Christopher Shale made headlines when he died suddenly while attending that year’s Glastonbury Festival. The businessman and political aide counted then-Prime Minister David Cameron as one of his close friends. But he also had ties to the royal family.
Specifically, Shale shared a friendship with Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah. So, when the businessman passed away, both the Duke and Duchess of York attended his 2011 funeral, as did their daughter, Beatrice. And it just so happened that Shale’s stepson was Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Like Princess Beatrice, Mozzi also descends from a high-powered family. You see, his father is an Italian count, Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, meaning that his son also holds the title. However, in Italy, such noble qualifiers have little meaning, since they lost their power with the formation of the Italian Republic in 1948.
Still, Mozzi has paved his own way to success through a career in high-end property development. At just 23, he founded his own company called Banda. And his goal was simple – spruce up homes in so-called undervalued corners of London, then sell them to his affluent clientele.
So considering his career path, it made sense that Mozzi once found himself in a relationship with Dara Huang, an American architect. The two welcomed a son named Christopher in 2016, and they were engaged to be married. However, they broke up in 2018 before they ever made it down the aisle.
And, by the fall of 2018, the press had cottoned onto Mozzi’s new relationship with the royal family member. Initial reports indicated that they had just met, but sleuthing reporters uncovered that they may have already done so, considering Princess Beatrice’s presence at his stepfather’s funeral. Not only that, but they were supposedly reintroduced to each other by a mutual friend.
Quoting an alleged source in 2019, The Sun newspaper reported, “Beatrice and Edo have the same circle of friends and were introduced through a mutual chum … They hit it off instantly and have a real laugh together. They’ve been on holiday together and Beatrice introduced him to [her mom] and her dad.”
And although Princess Beatrice’s relationship was new to the press at that time, The Sun’s sources claimed it had developed faster than the average pairing. They reported, “Things are moving very quickly and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they got engaged within a short period of time.”
Indeed, it had taken months for the public to catch onto the romance between Princess Beatrice and Mozzi. But photos of the pair on dates soon began to surface. And they ranged from strolls through London to romantic walks down the Kenyan coastline to attending singer Ellie Goulding’s wedding in 2019.
Soon enough, Mozzi began appearing at royal events, as well. For instance, in June 2019 he and Princess Beatrice supported her father at an event held at St. James’s Palace in London. And the royal’s beau also attended the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor alongside Beatrice and her mother.
Furthermore, by September 2019, Princess Beatrice and Mozzi would themselves publicly show their commitment to each other. You see, in an official announcement that month, they shared that they had gotten engaged while on a trip to Italy. And they expressed the happiness they felt at their future marriage.
Yes, Princess Beatrice and Mozzi’s statement read, “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”
Months later, the two counted another milestone as a future royal couple. Indeed, they strolled alongside each other on the famed Christmas Day walk in 2019. The annual stroll sees members of the royal family trekking to church services at the chapel on the grounds of their Sandringham Estate.
So with his engagement to Princess Beatrice, Mozzi had earned a spot amongst the royal family members making their annual Christmastime appearance. As such, it seemed that all was going swimmingly between him and his fiancée. The wedding planning would soon be underway, too. And with that came another big announcement.
Indeed, because in February 2020 the royal family released a statement confirming the date of Princess Beatrice and Mozzi’s wedding. It was set to take place on May 29, 2020. They shared, “The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace. The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.”
Of course, Princess Beatrice and Mozzi wouldn’t be the first to marry at the Chapel Royal – Queen Victoria exchanged vows with Prince Albert in the same spot in 1840. Furthermore, King George V and Queen Mary got married in the same spot a half-century later. The Buckingham Palace-based reception was nothing new, either.
For all of her grandchildren’s weddings, the Queen has thrown some sort of event in celebration of their nuptials. What would be a surprise were Princess Beatrice and Mozzi’s family members’ roles in the wedding ceremony itself. For some speculated that her sister, Eugenie, would serve as maid of honor. The groom’s then-three-year-old son, Christopher, would likely stand by his dad’s side, too.
No one knew what, if any, title that Mozzi would receive after marrying Princess Beatrice. You see, her sister Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, didn’t earn a royal moniker after their wedding, so most people assumed the same for Mozzi. Interestingly, though, the bride would become an Italian countess, taking her husband-to-be’s ceremonial title.
But it soon became clear that the royal family had jumped the gun in making arrangements for Princess Beatrice and Mozzi’s nuptials. You see, in March 2020 the bride-to-be reportedly had to cancel her impending nuptials, and for an upsetting reason – the global coronavirus pandemic. And this, as we know, affected just about every corner of the globe in the run-up to her big day.
Back in December 2019, China first informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of “unusual” cases of pneumonia in Wuhan. Interestingly, several of the first patients were workers from the city’s seafood market. But it wasn’t until January 7 that China announced this was in fact a new virus, COVID-19. By March 2020, it had become a global pandemic, with cases in almost 180 countries.
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, which can cause severe respiratory symptoms, many countries brought in tough rules concerning human contact. In fact, the Church of England followed new U.K. government guidance, limiting the number of people who could attend weddings officiated by its clergy. Of course, this was set to impact the royal wedding in a big way.
Specifically, the Church of England stated that only five people could attend any weddings during the outbreak – the priest, the bride, the groom and two witnesses. This was in line with legal restrictions at the time. As you can imagine, this would have considerably whittled down the extensive guest list for Princess Beatrice’s wedding. But that wasn’t the only change with which she’d have to contend with.
On top of the ceremonial limitations, Princess Beatrice would probably not be able to have older family members at her wedding, including the then-93-year-old Queen. You see, various health authorities worldwide warned that anyone over 65 was at a higher risk of developing a life-threatening case of the virus.
Therefore, at first, Princess Beatrice and Mozzi announced that they would put their wedding reception on hold. However, they remained tight-lipped about their ceremony plans. According to Metro, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said on March 18, “Beatrice and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi 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 spokesperson continued, “In line with government advice for the United Kingdom and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements. They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people. Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place.”
At that time, the spokesperson explained that Princess Beatrice and Mozzi hadn’t necessarily cancelled their ceremony. Instead, they said, “The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends.”
But after this, the couple did reportedly cancel the wedding as a whole. And a source who spoke to The Sun said the two had factored in multiple considerations before deciding it was all too much. Sadly, it seemed to be the case that whatever plans they had had were quickly being taken out of their hands.
Plus, The Sun source said that the couple had a large guest list with which to contend. They said, “There were only going to be 150 guests at the wedding but double that amount at the reception. It was just too risky.” And then there was Beatrice’s grandmother. As the insider put it, “The Queen had to be there and it wasn’t fair to put her in danger aged 94.”
Luckily, both Princess Beatrice and Mozzi had a positive outlook at that point in their wedding planning – and cancellation – process. The source concluded, “The couple are obviously very sad but they realise other people are suffering much more and they are philosophical about it.”
Then, on March 21, sources close to the couple told the Daily Express that they presumed the wedding ceremony would be cancelled, too. And another spoke to The Sun to reveal Princess Beatrice’s feelings on the matter. Needless to say, she reportedly wasn’t pleased with the change in plan.
According to the paper, one of Princess Beatrice’s friends said that the bride-to-be felt “very sad” about the unavoidable decision. And she described there being “no alternative” to moving the ceremony and reception to the following year, after the coronavirus pandemic calmed down. But was it really the end of their original May plans?
Well, since then the media have speculated as to how Princess Beatrice and Mozzi will reschedule – or reconfigure – their wedding. According to the Daily Mail, the bride- and groom-to-be had considered the potential of eloping abroad to get married. This could then mean that the large reception could still take place in the United Kingdom after the pandemic had dissipated.
However, all that emerged before the United Kingdom’s latest move to curb the transmission of coronavirus. You see, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on March 23 a list of additional rules to keep people as safe as possible during the pandemic. And among his new set of stipulations was a ban on all weddings.
So, Princess Beatrice and Mozzi will have to wait until the coronavirus subsides before they can celebrate their nuptials in true royal fashion. However, depending on the progression of the disease in the United Kingdom, they may be able to at least exchange their vows as planned. You see, the government is reviewing its national lockdown every three weeks, including its ban on weddings. And if it relaxes the rules, the princess and her man may still get their day in church.