Beatrice married her beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park at 11am today with just 20 people in attendance. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would have been unable to attend Beatrice’s small, private ceremony in Windsor today due to lockdown restrictions. They currently live in Los Angeles, California and so would have to quarantine for two weeks if they flew to the UK.
While this is unlikely to be a snub to Beatrice, with whom Harry is said to be close, this is not the first time they have caused a stir over a York wedding.
In 2018, Meghan chose Eugenie’s October wedding to tell family members they were going to have a baby.
In the new book ‘Royals at War’, Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claimed the announcement outraged some members of the Royal Family.
They wrote: “Meghan put her foot in it when she decided that [Eugenie’s wedding day] would be the ideal moment to announce that she and Harry were expecting their first child.
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Meghan and Harry were not able to go to Princess Beatrice’s wedding
Beatrice and her now-husband, nicknamed Edo
“This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal ‒ stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah.”
Harry was reportedly “embarrassed” by his wife’s faux pas, knowing the timing would upset his cousin.
They also chose an inopportune moment to publicly announce the news, accidentally stealing the thunder of another member of the York family.
Buckingham Palace officially announced the happy news at the very start of Meghan and Harry’s tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.
Meghan and Harry at Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018
However, this was also the 59th birthday of Sarah Ferguson, the mother of Beatrice and Eugenie.
Incidentally, the news of Meghan’s pregnancy was revealed at 8:40am on October 15, 2018 at the exact same time Sarah, Duchess of York posted a tweet about her daughter’s wedding.
She posted an image of herself in her royal wedding outfit, thanking her designer, and she then posted three further messages saying how “proud” she was of Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank.
Prince Andrew wished Sarah ‒ affectionately known as Fergie ‒ a “very happy day” and retweeted one of her posts of Eugenie and Jack.
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Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018
Beatrice and Fergie at Eugenie’s wedding in 2018
Neither Andrew nor Fergie congratulated Meghan and Harry on their news.
All this fuelled rumours of a feud between the Sussexes and the York family that could now be inflamed after they missed Beatrice’s wedding.
Some royal watchers even claimed Meghan and Harry even caused Eugenie’s original wedding date to be postponed.
A source told the Daily Mail in 2018: “Eugenie and Jack are keen to tie the knot quite quickly, and there certainly wouldn’t be an issue as regards to the booking of the chapel, given who her grandmother is.
“But the issue is that some members of the Royal Family already have commitments in the diary.
“There is talk of a number of foreign tours for Prince Harry and Ms Markle this year and September is a date that has been mooted.”
Princess Beatrice’s wedding could not have been more different from Eugenie’s large, fairytale display with 850 guests.
Meghan and Harry with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Beatrice and her now-husband, nicknamed Edo, only had close family with them, including the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew, but the remainder of the guest list is unknown.
It is understood that they will release their wedding pictures tomorrow.
‘Royals at War’ by Dyan Howard and Andy Tillett was published in June 2020 by Skyhorse Publishing, and the kindle edition is available to buy here.