Princess Beatrice will probably postpone her wedding until 2021

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It feels like the British press might be slowly working their way into making Edo Mapelli Mozzi’s abandoned baby-mama into a bigger deal. In 2019, the press helped Princess Beatrice play fast and loose about when she and Edo started and whether Dara Huang got abruptly dumped. In the middle of one of those recent “will Beatrice and Edo postpone their wedding” stories, a “source” mentioned that Beatrice was irritated by how close Edo and Dara still were. And now the latest Eden Confidential column in the Daily Mail has exclusive photos of Edo and Dara hanging out on the street:

And the column is all about how Beatrice and Edo will likely postpone the wedding until next year:

Engaged to Princess Beatrice, property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has managed to remain on remarkably friendly terms with his glamorous ex-girlfriend Dara Huang. Edo, 36, is seen outside his home in West London with architect Dara, 37, as they organise the care of their three-year-old son, Christopher — who is known as Wolfie.

‘It’s a tribute to the couple that they have managed to stay friends for the sake of Wolfie,’ one of their pals tells me.

Last month I revealed that Edo and Bea had asked Wolfie to be best man at their wedding in May. However, it’s not clear if the couple will now go ahead with the ceremony because of coronavirus restrictions. Bea, 31, had initially been set to marry fiancé Edo in the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace in London on May 29, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Queen’s granddaughter and Edo cancelled their reception earlier this month and were said to be looking at whether a private marriage with a small group of family and friends would be feasible.

But speaking on the Heirpod podcast on Tuesday, royal expert Omid Scobie revealed: ‘From what I’ve heard after speaking with sources was the couple are now looking at postponing entirely until 2021. We heard before that the Queen was hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace in the gardens, that’s no longer taking place. The couple are now working with the Government and taking Government advice to decide whether even a private marriage might take place among a tiny group of friends and family. From what I’ve heard after speaking with sources yesterday was the couple are now looking at postponing entirely until 2021.’

Omid said the couple’s decision to potentially postpone the wedding was similar to one faced by many people in the current climate. He said: ‘I think that really is a reflection of a dilemma that a lot of people must be in this year. It obviously sounds very small, but these are milestones n someone’s life and you spent a long time planning for it. It’s always a difficult decision to call something like that off but it is clearly the right one.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I have mixed feelings about postponing stuff for an entire year! I get that maybe Beatrice – and other brides – just want to be safe and have a lot of time to re-plan everything from the ground up, but I also feel like a lot of sh-t can happen in a year! Especially for couples who are already dealing with a ton of personal drama. If Beatrice and Edo postpone until May 2021, what are the chances that they actually go through with it? What are the chances that, if given another year, the tabloids start to really devote some energy to Edo and Dara and the timeline?

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  1. Ali says:

    I smell a breakup in the fall.

    This relationship is doomed from the start.

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      I think all of these “articles” are just seeds…leading up to the full sprout of “We’ve decided in the course of things that we are better as friends… yada yada…”

      Between NO chemistry btwn these two (*ever*, even in the engagement pic), to the shady time-line of getting together, to the absolute shadiness of both families (esp. Pedo!), I don’t see this happening… ever.

      Frankly, I think Bea is a piece of work herself, but that is JMO.

    • Mac says:

      Their timeline was so rushed. Maybe it is for the better that they have more time to consider things. Like not getting married.

  2. Ali says:

    This is egy marriage fail.

    All the focus is on the wedding but no importance given to the actual marriage.

    If you want to start your life with someone why would you postpone that?

    • MeganBot2020 says:

      I feel the opposite. If you’ve already started your life with someone (and you should have already started prior to getting married), why do you need a piece of paper?

      Surely they have already started their life together?

      If a relationship can’t survive waiting a year for a party, it’s not a strong relationship.

  3. Eleonor says:

    Can we all agree that Bea is a bridezilla?

    • Mumbles says:

      Not getting that sense at all, actually. She had already planned on a smaller event, and then even a more scaled down event, and I get a sense that she would have gone through with it had the virus situation not escalated to the extent it has, along with Charles getting sick. She wants a wedding with her family and friends. Lots of people have made a similar decision.

      (That said, the universe is trying to send you a message, Bea.)

      She has a privileged life and doesn’t seem to work a lot. Her parents are disgusting but that’s not on her. But I’m not seeing Bridezilla here, yet.

    • Jamie says:

      No. I’ve seen no evidence of that and you’ve not provided any so why should we all agree on that?

    • The Recluse says:

      Probably the importance of the big show wedding comes down more to her parents, just a suspicion.

  4. Aria says:

    Bindi Irwin had small wedding but one hand I think edo will stick beacuse royalty but on other hand I think he might be with his ex and old flames may come out. Let’s wait and see. Poor bea , she cant catch a break.

  5. lunchcoma says:

    I know three people who are postponing their weddings, so I don’t see that as any particular sign. For people who don’t object to living together prior to marriage or having a courthouse marriage at a different time than a formal wedding, the point of the wedding is to celebrate with your loved ones.

    As to whether this couple is shaky for other reasons, that’s a different story.

    • runcmc says:

      Yup, we are postponing our wedding as well. It was supposed to be in the middle of May, and the only other available dates at our venue for 2020 are Fridays and sundays but most of our family is out of state so we don’t want to force everyone to take time off work! Well probably quietly courthouse marry when the civil clerk opens back up (we’re in the NYC metro area so no chance of doing it now). We are trying to be responsible, not putting it off! We already love each other and own a house together. The wedding can absolutely wait.

  6. Deanne says:

    If the wedding actually ever happens, I’ll be truly surprised. If she’s irritated by his closeness to his ex, she needs to get a grip. They have a very young child together and she doesn’t get to pretend that he didn’t have a family before he met her. Who knows what’s going to come out about her repulsive Father in the next year as well? Add that to the fact that he doesn’t seem to be the least bit into her and I’d say that Beatrice and her wedding planner are wasting their time.

  7. Carobell says:

    If it was about getting married, they would be running down to the registars or JOP, whatever the process is in England and getting married.

    They want a wedding with all the pomp and the tiara and a big party. Nothing wrong with that, they’ve got money but I’m not sure that the relationship will survive this situation because of their messy personal situations.

    • So agree, Carobell — I think for this couple —- given her awful parents —- this is not about getting married, this is about the big splash and getting Andrew out there again. I also think this is risky for Bea, because those RR need Money and thus stories and the Sussex well is drying up a bit. I agree completely with Kaiser’s last paragraph. Someone in Bea’s life should issue a DANGER AHEAD warning.

      • Redgrl says:

        @caro & @JA – Totally agree. No one cares about their wedding and the whole thing is a tone deaf exercise for the reasons you’ve both said. If it was really “just about getting married” they’d have done it by now.

      • amadea says:

        Totally agree with you all. The only think that came to my mind is that I think in GB, you don’t have to do the extra trip to the registars/townhouse, because when you get married within the Church of England, the maritial signature is accepted as a legal paper, I believe. Brits here, correct me please if I am wrong! 😉
        But hey, why not do a cute romantic wedding just those two, the priest and their best man/woman? !! Because like you all said, they ( and the in-laws) want the party and the TV coverage more then anything!! 😉

  8. Daisyfly says:

    This is how you know who wants a marriage and who wants a wedding.

    • Mary says:

      +1000! I have been trying to not be too judgmental about this impending marriage but I absolutely agree that if Beatrice and Edo both really wanted to be married to each other they would just go ahead and get married !when allowed – Johnson banned weddings for the near future).

    • Mary says:


  9. Ainsley7 says:

    If the tabloids devote time to the actual timeline then it will stop all the gossip about overlapping relationships. According to Dara’s mother, Dara and Edo had been broken up for several months before Edo moved on with Bea. Dara just hadn’t told her mother that right away. Her father later put a lot of pressure on Edo and Bea to do the “right thing” and break up. The fact that both her parents felt going to the tabloids was very telling.

    Dara got pregnant after dating Edo for only a few months. They allegedly got engaged when they found out. There was never a ring. So, I’ve always thought that Dara told her parents that to get them off her back about the pregnancy and it lead to a giant mess when they broke up.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      You’re speaking into a void. No one believes what was out there before the Fail interjected their nastiness into the story. I actually feel sorry for them. People are rooting for a breakup, not because they care about Beatrice, but because it’ll validate their feelings about Edo. I hope they do like Bindi Irwin and elope. Leave the big wedding for next year, if they must, and just get on with their lives.

      • Deedee says:

        Bindi didn’t elope. They just couldn’t have a lot of people there. Just witnesses.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        TheOriginalMia- I know and I agree. It just bugs me that after all the shit she has had to deal with over the years, she can’t even have this. She’s known the guy since childhood. He didn’t just scam his way into her life. If anyone comes off shady, it’s Dara and her chatty parents.

  10. Chica71 says:

    If my grandparents were that old, I would have had the wedding already.. even a small family only and save the reception for later.

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      Seriously…With PP 99 and Petty Betty turning 94 next month, if she does want them there, they need to do it: just the parents, grands, them and whoever the Officiant is. The chapel at Windsor, where TQ and PP are is surely big enough that those six can socially distance enough to be there to hear the ceremony. Her sister can watch over FT/Skype. Boom! Married.

      IF *THAT* (marriage) *is* the important thing for them. Big party can follow on the heels of the world coming back to “normal”.

    • Amy Too says:

      I thought in a previous Bea-Edo wedding article, there was a quote from the Church of England or the U.K. government saying that the guidelines for having a wedding right now were to have the bride and groom, 2 witnesses, and an officiant only: the minimum amount of people required to legally marry. You’re not supposed to be gathering with family that you don’t already live with for anything right now. I doubt that the queen and Phillip and Charles and William and Kate and Anne and Edward and the other cousins would even come to beatrice’s “tiny, only family” wedding if she had it right now. It goes against the guidelines that were put in place.

  11. Juniperus says:

    In my state the actual legal component of the marriage involves filling out a form at the DMV or courthouse… the ceremony is completely extraneous, you don’t even need witnesses.

    Some friends of mine just got married two days ago and emailed us all a picture of us in their wedding regalia, sitting on their couch, drinking champagne, and have said they’ll try to have the party portion once everything has settled down a bit.

    No idea if they’re getting any of their money back or not. It really has to suck for them.

    • MeganBot2020 says:

      Not the same here in the UK at all. I’ve heard stories of couples having to drag random people off the street to be witnesses to their ceremony, because even if you elope you need a ceremony with witnesses for it to be a legal marriage. Your way sounds cool!

      • Juniperus says:

        Every state in the US has different laws and certainly there are some states that are much more like the UK. But Colorado is chill. We even let people just do it common-law style, where if you live together and speak of yourselves as husband and wife… yeah, you’re married.

  12. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I still have the feeling that this relationship is doomed. If they really wanted to be married they should just go on and have a civil ceremony alone. But the focus seems to be on having a wedding, which is not the same thing as having a marriage. I’ll be surprised if they actually make it to 2021.

  13. MellyMel says:

    I don’t think they’re going to get married…this year or next. I still feel like he’s not in it for the best reasons, but I hope I’m wrong.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I don’t know. So many plans and weddings cancelled for the summer and even city hall is closed in a lot of places, so can’t even do that. Maybe they’ll take some time, or maybe break up. How can this guy not see the treatment of Meghan and not be a little freaked out. If not for himself, he should worry about his son and his mother, because the tabloids are vicious and will butt into their lives. They’ll constantly speculate on their relationship as co-parents, be racist about stuff and compare Bea to her. They need a new scapegoat.

  14. Ruby_Woo says:

    I don’t know much about Beatrice but she seems nice enough. That comment about the ‘glamorous ex’ seems like a dig at Beatrice. It’s as if now Meghan isn’t there for tabloid fodder, they need another victim.

    Pushing it back to next May seems a bit too drastic. These people are filthy rich and can get most things done without waiting around. They could always get the legal bit done first and then have a proper party later.

    I dunno, even with gossip about hot baby mama exes, they are so boring!

  15. smurf says:

    I’m not a massive crown defender, especially with how everyone turned on H&M, but…
    I know that the timeline can be tricky, but I’ve also got a lot of friends who have been having kids lately, and they all keep saying the same thing: it changed their lives and their relationships completely. Edoardo and Dara weren’t married when they had Wolfie – it was clearly a post-pregnancy engagement, and as sometimes happens, relationships that weren’t really that solid tend to crumble down when a baby is thrown into the mix. So, yes, timeline may be suspect, but I’m not sold it’s entirely on Beatrice’s relationship with Edoardo.
    And other than that, I just feel sorry for her. Between having such dreadful parents, being portrayed consistently in the media as the spinster of the family… Honestly, I wish she’d go the Harry way, marry Edoardo in a private ceremony right now with only Wolfie as a witness and move to Italy (after the covid19 thing is over, clearly) in an estate. He has enough money to support them anyways.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Edo lives in London, where he has crafted his career as a property developer, with a lot of projects in various stages. His family is Italian, but Edo has never lived in Italy full time. I would see Italy as a spot where they may vacation perhaps, but not until the COVID-19 crisis is completely over.

      I’m not even sure how people are determining how much in love Bea & Edo are. How can you tell exactly how they intimately feel about each other just by looking at photographs of them?

      I’ve read about Edo’s career and he sounds like a very successful, bright, enterprising young man with creativity, talent and impressive accomplishments in the career he has chosen.

  16. S808 says:

    I think they’re laying seeds for a breakup and it’ll be edo’s relationship with his ex will be why. Between these photos (which I think are innocent cause they’re co-parenting but yknow) and a part in another article Kaiser reported on about Edo’s ex still picking out his clothes and stuff?? Idk I think things are being setup in way so Bea can have a reason to walk away unscathed and with as little embarrassment as possible.

  17. SJR says:

    Postponing a wedding..umm, I think no.
    I and several of my siblings got married by JP, grocery store cake, potluck lunch for the wedding.
    We wanted to be married not throw huge costly weddings.
    Of course, Bea is from BRF so I am sure the huge wedding is something she has grown up wanting. I say nope, get him to the registers office, married, party like fools on your anniversary.

  18. The Recluse says:

    The problem with postponing all the way into 2021 because of Covid-19 is that they are predicting that there will be a recurrence in the Fall of 2020 into winter/spring of 2021. They are just going to run into the same problem down the line.
    If they really want to get married, they should just do it and then have the big party later this year when the virus has gone relatively dormant.

  19. Rachel says:

    They could always have a very small wedding, and when the world is back on track…celebrate with a big party.

  20. Sass says:

    I feel a bit sorry for Bea. The press CONSTANTLY refers to Dara as “glamorous” to insinuate Bea is the opposite. It’s not fair to either woman of course, but it’s just mean to Bea.

  21. Jack says:

    She’d be fine if she would just elope with Edo and left behind all of the drama of the BRF and her parents, Pedo and Freeloader. I’ve never had the sense that she wanted the big princess-y wedding, and that’s not realistic at any point right now. Edo has a reputation as a player and clearly likes the status of being closer to the BRF, but he’s not in it for the money. Bea is right to be concerned that there is not enough distance between Edo and Dara. Once the pandemic abates in Italy, Bea and Edo should flee there and stay. Too bad she waited around for douche-y Dave Clark. She either needs a relationship or a career as an anchor, and the career thing has not been happening for her.

  22. calibration says:

    They just seem like an odd match to me, but I do hope it works out well. Obviously I don’t know either of them it’s just an online judgement. He is very pretty looking.

  23. RoyalBlue says:

    What’s with the Royal Family’s obsession with an April,May or June wedding. Just have it in the summer ffs.

    I think they should be flexible and scrap the wedding they planned for and have a simple civil ceremony when they can. I am sure bishop Whelby can pop over and do the deed with Eugenie and Sarah as witnesses. Bea is such a glamor puss, and enjoys moving in celebrity circles so she really wants the party. Edo looks like he would be fine with it to be done with so they can have a kid or two to solidify his name in history.

    • FicklePickle says:

      It may have to do with the only-recently-not-quite-of-dire-importance “social season” in the UK. It starts in mid-March, usually St. Patrick’s Day, with Cheltenham Festival and continues with 1 to 3 major high society events every month until mid-September with the Goodwood Revival.

      From what I remember of my Victorian-to-Edwardian-novel reading weddings are considered by England’s aristocrats to be absolutely vital filler events to while away those dreadfully boring weeks between those ‘tentpole’ events. Sadly balls are thin on the ground these days, but there are a lot of dinner parties and charity events.

      And they do want to get all the parties requiring elaborate personal planning done early on so that the families involved have time to relax and enjoy it all, and so the happy couple can have a honeymoon abroad of a respectable length and still return before the end of the season to show off to the set how insufferably happy and sexed-up they are.

  24. MsIam says:

    I feel bad for them. I think the press will make their lives a living hell trying to throw in the ex at every possible spot, whether real or imagined.