Princess Beatrice Has Officially Canceled Her Royal Wedding Due to Coronavirus Lockdowns
The bride-to-be was set to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at St. James' Palace in London on May 29.
The royal bride-to-be, 31, who is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, was set to wed the 37-year-old financier at St. James' Palace in London on May 29 with a reception to follow at her grandmother Queen Elizabeth's gardens at Buckingham Palace.
Due to coronavirus concerns, "the invitations were never actually sent out," a source tells People.
It was previously been announced that the reception was no longer taking place, and that the couple were discussing the option to marry in a private ceremony with friends and family instead.
Beatrice and Mozzi—whose family hails from Italy, which has also been hard hit by the coronavirus—had to reschedule their wedding date twice due to Prince Andrew's scandal.
In November, the Duke of York stepped back from his royal duties amid the fallout from his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In February, a source told People of the wedding, "The date was changed two times to adjust [around Andrew's scandal]. It will be smaller than the original plan."
In contrast to Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie's nuptials, Beatrice and Mozzi's wedding was always set to be a smaller celebration. The couple were not planning to have a carriage procession, which was "in keeping with their wishes for a more low-key" affair, a royal source previously said.
Andrew had been poised to walk his daughter down the aisle, and Beatrice's future stepson Christopher (from Mozzi's relationship with former girlfriend Dara Huang), who just turned 4 years old, was also set to serve in the bridal party.
During the couple's wedding planning last year, a source told People that Andrew would likely play a major part in his daughter's big day, despite him stepping back from royal duties.
"He plays a very traditional role in her life. She's his greatest supporter. This is obviously very hard times," the insider told People.
Ferguson recently opened up about Beatrice's relationship with Mozzi, saying her daughter is "the happiest I have ever seen her in my life."
"She and Edo have a great love for each other and passion for life," she added. "For them to be getting married fills my heart with joy."