Princess Beatrice, 31, will marry British property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.
The wedding will be followed by a reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
The announcement comes after much speculation due to renewed interest in the relationship between Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and
Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020 at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 7, 2020
According to royal historian Carolyn Harris, “the scrutiny surrounding her father” could explain why it took so long for Beatrice to announce the details of her nuptials. She was engaged to Mozzi in September 2019.
“Certainly, a public appearance by Prince Andrew is going to attract a lot of attention.”
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s third child, announced last year that he was withdrawing from his royal duties due to allegations by an American woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Giuffre says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew multiple times, starting at the age of 17.
She says she was sex-trafficked by Epstein, who died by suicide in August 2019. She alleges Epstein forced her to have sex with the prince in 2001 at the home of British socialite and friend of the prince Ghislaine Maxwell.
Prince Andrew denies all allegations.
A photograph of the prince with his hand around the waist of a teenage Giuffre standing next to Maxwell has been widely circulated.
The prince told the BBC he has questioned the legitimacy of the photo and says he does not recall it being taken.
— With files from Global News’ Laura Hensley and the Associated Press
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