Princess Beatrice & Edo set the date… for their big, splashy engagement party

Royal Wedding Alert! Princess Beatrice is engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi **FILE PHOTOS**

Even before Prince Andrew’s catastrophic BBC interview, I thought it was strange that Princess Beatrice had not set a wedding date or sent out invitations. The engagement was announced on September 26th! And more than two full months later, we still don’t have a wedding date. I had the feeling that Beatrice had been told, initially, to avoid announcing the date until her father’s mess stopped making headlines. That didn’t work, and obviously Beatrice couldn’t announce the date right after her father got pushed out. Now the Daily Mail’s gossip column Talk of the Town says that Beatrice has been told that she can announce the date… after the British election. And in the meantime, Beatrice is throwing herself a fancy engagement party at a London hotspot.

It’s been more than three months since Edo Mapelli Mozzi proposed – and some unkind commentators were beginning to question whether he and Princess Beatrice were ever going to make it down the aisle. But my Palace mole has revealed the pair have finally been given Royal permission to throw an engagement party – meaning it’s all systems go for the Big Day. And despite the recent controversy that has engulfed Bea’s father, Prince Andrew, the couple have chosen to stage their bash in London’s most high-profile club. I can reveal Beatrice, 31, will host the lavish event on December 18 at the A-list hangout Chiltern Firehouse, well-known for the debauchery of some of its clients.

Andrew is said to have been invited, though he would be wise to steer clear of the banks of photographers permanently outside the Marylebone club – regulars include Tom Cruise, Madonna and Kate Moss – not to mention its famously sweaty dance floor in the ‘Ladder Shed’, a nod to the building’s heritage as a Victorian fire station. Though some friends have raised eyebrows over Beatrice’s choice of club, many were relieved to get the invitation through at all. Some feared Andrew’s downfall would delay his eldest daughter’s plans to marry.

Behind the scenes, the Queen declined to sign off on a wedding date until a week ago and is still refusing to allow an official announcement until after the Election, though Beatrice’s inner circle have been sent a ‘save the date’ reminder with their engagement party invitations.

My source says: ‘She is up against the clock if she wants to have a wedding within the six-month time frame usual for aristocratic nuptials, but everyone is so relieved things are moving. She’s been very down. A wild, glitzy, high-profile engagement party should cheer her up.’

Meanwhile, I hear that after spending Christmas apart, Beatrice and property developer Edo, 36, will reunite in the Kenyan beach resort of Lamu for New Year’s Eve.

[From The Daily Mail]

Well, that answers some questions for me, if this piece is true. Edoardo wasn’t scared off by all of the shenanigans, crimes and PR nightmares. Edo is still sticking around. Would you, if you were in his position? I would not. And if I was in either of their positions, I would not want a big, splashy engagement party either. Coming on the heels of everything that’s happened with Prince Andrew, Beatrice should not draw attention to the fact that she’s basically just a well-connected party girl with tons of celebrity friends. The optics, you know. It just feels like… this is the moment when the royal family should only be seen doing wholesome royal work.

Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Annabel’s Private Members Club in London

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Avalon Red.

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  1. OriginalLala says:

    Let me them keep showing us how truly tone-deaf, entitled and privileged they are – our tolerance is growing thin


    • Ravensdaughter says:

      I have no say as far as #abolishthemonarchy (as an American), but I can sympathize…
      Seems like Beatrice wants to stay on the gravy train for as long as possible. Screw the optics!

  2. Susannah says:

    I hope the reason he’s sticking around is that he truly loves Beatrice, but there’s such an awkward vibe to these two in every photo.

    • Erinn says:

      My husband and I look pretty awkward in a lot of engagement/wedding photos. We’re just not people who ENJOY being on camera haha.

      I had said a week or so ago – they’ll either split, or this will all make them grow closer. I’m genuinely hoping that he does have good intentions with Bea.

    • Cali says:

      She’s so unattractive, looking just like her pedo dad, yes I know it’s not her fault but a different hairstyle would help. I also can’t help but think that her fiancé is a social climber, he doesn’t seem that into her.

      • duchesschicana says:

        How is he social climbing? Hemore more than her

      • Jaded says:

        That’s a horrible thing to say. She’s not at all unattractive and what’s that got to do with the sh*tshow she and her sister are going through thanks to their pond scum of a father? Edo is from a family that could buy and sell Andrew in a heartbeat by the way.

      • PrincessK says:

        I am tired of the York sister’s being torn apart for the looks they are born with. The characters they develop is more important. @Cali are you happy for everyone including your good self to be judged on perceived beauty ?

  3. Enny says:

    Was…Tramp not available? 😈

  4. S808 says:

    I think the reason he hasn’t is because he knows her family is trash. He must really stand to gain something from being with her cause I have a hard time believing it’s love.

    • TQ says:

      This. He’s sticking it out to get the increased fame and privilege he signed up for (although who knows what’s left now that Andrew’s rep is in shreds).

      • Moose says:

        PA still has millions to pass on to his 2 daughters….. Ed will likely get a hefty divorce settlement in a few years to keep his mouth shut reference all those York shady deals and skeletons…

    • jenner says:


    • duchesschicana says:

      Buissness wise he doesn not stand to gain, I would think he might stand to lose money staying with her.

  5. Snap Happy says:

    She’s an idiot if she has a big splashy party.

  6. Becks1 says:

    While I think Beatrice deserves to celebrate her engagement, a big splashy party just seems so tone deaf right now. I’m hoping this is just pure gossip and not actually going to happen.

  7. stepup says:

    He can’t duck out now. He’d look like the biggest asswipe in the world. Nope. He’s gotta go through with it.

    HOWEVER! I’d plunk down some betting coins that there will be a divorce within five years.

  8. Sarah says:

    I expected nothing less than a big, splashy engagement party from these two but did it need to be held at a public location? It’s not as if the family does not have dozens of ill-acquired residences throughout the UK.
    Royal reporters are always talking about optics when it comes to a certain duchess. Well, I for once think the optics of a huge, fancy engagement party are bad, especially when the news circle is likely to be dominated by soundbites of one’s father’s rape victim. Just saying.

  9. EM says:

    If she has no chance of ever being a working royal, why shouldn’t she have a big party? She doesn’t have a working royal image to protect. And she isn’t the one to blame here. Focus on Andrew!

    • tcbc says:

      I agree. She’s basically a socialite and she is not responsible for her father’s actions.

    • Cerys says:

      The issue with the party is that British taxpayers will be contributing to the cost of it in some way or another. Most of us have a pretty low opinion of the royal family at the moment especially the Yorks.

    • duchesschicana says:

      I dont see why she shouldnt have her engagemnt party either, considering I think Edo will be most likely fitting the bill for the party

  10. WendyWoo says:

    Idiot. If Inwere the Queen, I’d be squashing this and telling her to have her little party in one of her rich boyfriend’s estates. But the queen is an idiot too.

  11. Taz says:

    I wonder if Andrew will invite his good friend Ghislaine?

  12. Egla says:

    Hmmmm. I think she is doing the big party for him. To show him that the game is still on. And mark my words IF the wedding does happen it will be the same as her sisters and they will put it like “the Queen ordered it and also for security reasons the X church was chosen”
    Let’s not forget that these people are all RICH and they can’t behave like poor people. These people live a life of real privilege from the day they are born till they die. They CANNOT understand our thought processes. And their friends are just like them.
    As for Andy as far as the law is concerned he hasn’t done anything “illegal” and hasn’t been put on trial. They will redeem him soon. Mark my words on that. He will start slowly but he will come back. He is to well connected to be left aside.

  13. Sass says:

    Maybe they’ll make the engagement party a surprise wedding. 😂