Princess Beatrice’s wedding ceremony could be a five-person ‘elopement’

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Princess Beatrice’s wedding is cursed. That’s the working theory by the British tabloids, as it’s looking more and more like Beatrice’s May 29th wedding will probably be postponed or cancelled or something. Last week, the palace finally announced that the wedding reception was off – it was due to take place at Buckingham Palace, in a posh tent in the garden. Now it looks like the wedding ceremony will be severely limited if it does take place. The Church of England has “advised that during the coronavirus outbreak, the number of people attending church weddings should be limited to the legal minimum of five – which consists of the happy couple, the priest, and two witnesses.” Over the weekend, the Daily Mail suggested that Beatrice and Edo are thinking about eloping instead. This DM piece includes some tea about the start of Edo and Bea’s relationship and some vague “let’s just blame Meghan” sh-t.

This week they indefinitely delayed their wedding reception — a lavish affair due to be held on May 29 — which was to have seen a throng of A-listers raise a toast to the happy couple on the lawns of Buckingham Palace. Friends say restrictions on large gatherings, and the fear of the impact of coronavirus on the older generation, made the decision inevitable. Now the couple are deciding what they will do.

Extraordinarily, they are weighing up the possibility of a behind-closed-doors ‘elopement’-style wedding that will feature just five people: the bride, groom, the priest and two witnesses. They would then throw the party to end all parties some months hence, when all is back to normal. It would be an extraordinary conclusion to what must surely be the most cursed engagement in royal history; so far it has been knocked off course by a General Election, Prince Andrew’s Newsnight blunder, Megxit and now Covid-19.

Beatrice, the ninth in line to the throne, started dating long-time family friend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in October 2018. She renewed her friendship with the property developer and father-of-one at her sister Princess Eugenie’s Windsor wedding. The news upset the family of his ex-girlfriend, Dara Huang, who had believed the two of them were still an item. Edo, as friends call him, and Dara were still living together in London, although sources insisted they had split six months previously and were only sharing a home to co-parent son Wolfie, three. Her mother Lily said: ‘I think Dara was hiding it from me. She didn’t want me to be sad. I am shocked.’ In September last year, handsome Edo proposed at sunset during a romantic stay at Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano, on Italy’s Amalfi coast.

The York family were overjoyed at Beatrice’s happiness, which followed a ten-year dead-end romance with businessman Dave Clark. Dara, a stunning American architect and Harvard graduate, remains a part of Edo’s life. In January this year it was reported that Beatrice, 31, ‘would rather there was a little more distance’ between her fiance and his ex. Dara is said to still help Edo, 37, pick out clothes and cut his hair. She was also a part of the wedding plans and was to attend in order to look after Wolfie, who will be his father’s ‘best man’.

Beatrice and Edo could wait for a year, or more, and have the wedding and reception as planned. But it seems more likely that they will marry in May and have a party later in 2020 or in 2021. Friends say they are ‘madly in love’ and really want to marry sooner rather than later. One suggests they are so keen for it to go ahead they are willing to do this even if the wedding is just the two of them, an officiant and two witnesses — the legal minimum number of people who must be in attendance.

The Church is currently recommending that couples stick to this minimum. The venue will likely be their existing choice of the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace — where Beatrice and Edo share an apartment.

[From The Daily Mail]

Maybe I completely missed it, but after claiming that “Megxit” somehow affected Beatrice’s wedding plan, the DM couldn’t even come up with a reason why? That’s because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit had no impact on Beatrice. Bea’s father Prince Andrew and his sh-tty BBC interview was the biggest reason why Beatrice and Edo couldn’t set the date. As for the tea about Edo and Dara… I mean… it’s interesting that they’re throwing in those details now, as a wedding postponement is likely. I get the feeling that Beatrice is pushing to marry sooner rather than later. I wonder how Edo feels about that, really.

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

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  1. Lily says:

    This poor girl can’t get a break lol
    But i am sad for her. She didn’t deserve a ultra grand royal wedding but she deserve more than an elopement…

  2. Kimmie says:

    That green dress in the last photo looks oddly familiar. 🧐 Also, it sounds to me like their wedding is “cursed”, and I wouldn’t doubt it since there seems to be some overlap between Dara and Beatrice.

    • Chica71 says:

      Looks like dress Kate wore in Ireland

      • SomeChick says:

        I thought so, too. It is that same fabric. Wonder if they are the same label.

        That fabric must look great in person but it really does not photograph well at all. With the Kate dress I thought it was due to camera flashes but it is just as bad in daylight.

      • liz says:

        Same label. A British company called The Vampire’s Wife.

  3. S808 says:

    “Dara is said to still help Edo, 37, pick out clothes and cut his hair.” Uhhh????

    • Mumbles says:

      I’m having a flashback to that episode of The Crown in Season 2 where Tony maintains his relationship with his threesome couple right up to the eve of his wedding to Margaret…..

    • Chica71 says:

      There is a fundamental issue with the Data/Edo/Beatrice story.. it does not make sense! The constant revisions only draw attention to it.
      These are VERY Wealthy People.. Couldn’t Dara or Edo find a rich friend with a gatehouse to live in? Rent a hotel suite? Rent a business suite for short-term?Friend with a castle or mansion to live in a room in another wing?
      Now Dara’s mom is saying her daughter lied to her for six months. I get that we don’t always tell parents everything but they are the first to give solace in situation like this. Second, Edo and Beatrice had to know that media scrutiny would would, unless they were counting on Megan being around to detract attention.

  4. Aria says:

    Oh dear god. Now I can understand why Beatrice is desperate to get married beacuse edo with still close with dara and she will be because of their son but cutting hair is weird. Beatrice should read these signs and run for hills. How many more signs she needs to call off. I mean she is going to married even with out her sister?? Her wedding includes edo , bea , priest, sarah and andy five people . What happen to wolfie and eugene?? Why cant she get married next year . I can get average people where they cant afford money but beatrice and her fianace can get the money. Read the sign woman.

    • MsIam says:

      Exactly, Aria. Isn’t Kate’s brother postponing his wedding until later in the year or next year? Unless Bea is pregnant, I’m not seeing why the rush.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        She is DESPERATE to lock him down lest he change HIS mind. If it wasn’t for Freeloader and Pedo pushing for a big, splashy wedding (pre-Corona), I think she would’ve pulled him to elope already!

    • Golly Gee says:

      Don’t forget this is according to the daily mail, so the source of much of this story is probably some reporter’s imaginings. Maybe she is fine with postponing the wedding.

  5. Mia says:

    I just think back to her smirking and bucking her eyes during Meghan and Harry’s wedding ceremony. Oh well such is life.

  6. Guest with Cat says:

    People are dying. People are losing their jobs with no hope of being able to find a new one anytime soon. People (like my husband and I) are scared they may end up leaving their children orphaned. People have died in hospitals and left pets stranded in homes.

    Amidst all this misery, uncertainty and real hardship, I really don’t find it in myself to feel sorry that this grown ass woman can’t pick good men for shit and can’t figure out what to do with wedding plans in the time of Covid-19. Get in line, sister.

    Be grateful if you do get this horrific virus that you will have the best medical care possible. You will not starve. You will not lack for anything even when others are dying on the floor in hospital corridors. It is not fair that this should be the case when health care providers in the UK can’t even get basic groceries when their shifts end. But it is what it is, so I can’t really feel about “poor Bea’s bad luck”. Bad luck is a single parent living paycheck to paycheck catching this virus and going into the hospital and leaving their kids to an uncertain fate. I think even Bea must on some level realize this. She has never appeared in public looking like she’s feeling sorry for herself.

    Life is not fair. Life doesn’t owe anyone anything. She isn’t owed a better wedding than her sister had. Her sister’s life should have no bearing on her own. They are two individuals and if she’s smart enough to liberate her own self from the idea that there should be parity between them on everything royal and grand, then she will truly have matured and truly stand a chance at real happiness in life. I DO wish her real love and real happiness with this doofus.

    It just sounds a bit ominous that his ex cuts his hair and picks out his clothes for him. But if the alternative is having Princess Bea do that, I can see why he would call on Dara for that. Bea is cute but her fashion sense is as bad as mine. And that’s really saying something.

    • Eleonor says:

      Big hug to you.
      I have never had any sympathy for this “princess of blood” she is tone deaf and entitled like all other Royals, and I am starting to think she is as pushy as her parents.
      And sorry she was in the mess of her pedo father interview.

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      Very eloquently said, Guest with Cat. My heart goes out to you and everyone in this scary time. 🤗.❤️ 🤗

    • Once again, Guest with Cat, you nailed it in your commentary. ➕💯. Also, wishing you strength during this time. I can only imagine going through this with children. I worry about our pets if something should happen. Postponing a wedding because you don’t chose to have a 5-person wedding is not a crisis compared to the havoc the pandemic is creating to everyone’s lives. If she wants to get married now, nothing is stopping her so I just don’t see this as a crisis.

  7. Other Renee says:

    I call BS on the whole hair cutting picking out his clothes thing. Total tosh! Just like throwing in Megxit is BS.

  8. Sofia says:

    It’s the DM so I doubt how much of this is really true especially the part about the haircuts and outfits

    Ex-fiancée or not, he is an almost 40 year old man. He shouldn’t need help picking out his clothes.

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  10. rawiya says:

    I like how they’re already insinuating that Dara–Edo’s ex–is too involved in his life. They’re planting the seeds so that the broken engagement doesn’t seem to come from nowhere.

  11. lily says:

    He’s obviously using her and Beatrice will allow it. Sad.

  12. Lizzie says:

    Sorry I don’t know this but is Dara a professional hair stylist? This guy doesn’t look like one for a home haircut.