British Royal Family

Princess Beatrice and fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's wedding has officially been cancelled due to COVID-19 social distancing rules

The couple confirmed the news in an official statement.

By Rebecca Sullivan
Princess Beatrice and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have officially cancelled their royal wedding.
The nuptials were scheduled to be held in London on May 29, but with the UK still in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and citizens asked to remain at home and adhere to strict social distancing rules for several more weeks, the couple's wedding is unable to go ahead as planned.
The couple, who announced their engagement last September, revealed the sad news in an official statement.
"There are no plans to switch venues or hold a bigger wedding. They aren't even thinking about their wedding at this time. There will come a time to rearrange, but that's not yet," a spokesperson for the couple told PEOPLE magazine.
Beatrice and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Image: Getty
The disappointing news was confirmed by a spokesperson for the couple. Image: Getty
The 31-year-old bride-to-be and her 37-year-old Italian partner had planned a low-key affair at St James's Palace in London, followed by a reception at The Queen's gardens in Buckingham Palace.
Then, they had adjusted their plans and were going to have a quiet private ceremony just with family and friends, with the lavish reception no longer taking place.
But due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which is particularly severe in the UK, the whole affair has been scrapped altogether, and "the [wedding] invitations were never actually sent out," a source told PEOPLE.
The lovely couple released this sweet candid photo when they announced their engagement last year. Image: Instagram
Edoardo, who works as a property developer, and is reportedly a multi-millionaire owning a property consultancy company specialising in finding and developing multi-million pound homes, first started dating Beatrice in 2018.
The divorced father has a son from a previous relationship.
Edoardo's son Christopher, nicknamed Wolfie, whom he shares with his ex-fiancéé, Dara Huang, was expected to appear in a starring role at his father's wedding, as his best man.
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It was unclear exactly how Beatrice's father Prince Andrew would feature in his eldest daughter's special day, with the Duke of York under fire due to his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The Duke still has the support of his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and his two children.

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