Princess Beatrice of York's wedding was already scheduled to occur under the cloud of various House of Windsor dramas, but now the coronavirus is causing Beatrice to rethink her nuptials completely.
Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, was set to marry her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, on May 29th. The wedding was expected to be a smaller affair than that of Prince Harry's. Only 150 guests were scheduled to attend, but a royal wedding is still a royal wedding.
Now, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace, Beatrice is definitely canceling her wedding reception and rethinking if any ceremony at all is feasible under the conditions.
"Princess 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.
“In line with government advice for the U.K. and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements for 29th May. 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. The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends.”
A supposed friend, gossiping to The Telegraph, says that the couple may just end up getting married on the date anyways, even if its just the two of them and a chaplain.
The royal family is said to be following government advice about how to handle the disease, which included stringent guidelines for those in high-risk category. One such group is people over 70, which includes Queen Elizabeth as well as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
Beatrice's wedding was already set to take place after her father Prince Andrew stepped down from all public duties due to his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.