Princess Beatrice and Edoardo wedding: The POWERFUL gesture at heart of secret ceremony

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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi decided to tie the knot in secret at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor last Friday. The wedding was attended by 20 guests including their parents and siblings, as well as the Queen and Prince Philip. 

This socially-distanced, sheltered and privately-funded ceremony is in clear contrast with previous Royal Weddings and has been described as a “powerful gesture” by royal commentator Nigel Cawthorne.

The author of Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace, published by Gibson Media, told “Beatrice seems to understand that sometimes less is more and that the gesture of closely following Britain’s COVID regulations and not relying on public money is a powerful one.”

Beatrice and Edoardo are said to have decided to hold a small wedding as soon as the Government lifted the ban on wedding ceremonies and the Church of England resumed nuptials as long as social-distancing can be ensured.

The speed at which the couple and their mothers worked to organise the wedding, the fact that Beatrice didn’t need to shop for a wedding dress as it was given her by the Queen, and the small number of guests invited allowed the nuptials to remain a secret to the public and the media. 

Mr Cawthorne noted how this secretiveness allowed the palace to retain control of the wedding and avoid any unwanted attention towards the father of the bride, Prince Andrew.

He said: “Had the wedding date not been kept secret, everyone would have wanted to find out who is part of the Yorks’ most inner circle and lined up outside the roads in Windsor to take pictures as people drove up to the wedding.

“Under the current circumstances the palace has remained full control over all the information without any leaks and we don’t know for sure who was in attendance.”

Prince Andrew stepped back from public duties in November last year after his car crash interview with Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.

The Duke of York, who has strongly denied any wrongdoings in relation to the Jeffrey Epstein case, has since been spotted in public only a handful of time.

On Christmas Day, Prince Andrew was filmed walking at Sandringham ahead of the service alongside with his brother Prince Charles and, later, his daughter Princess Eugenie.

However, he did not attend the main Christmas Day service at 11am with the rest of the family.

In January, he was spotted arriving for a Sunday service with the Queen at a church in Sandringham.

At the height of the pandemic, the Duke was photographed by Sarah Ferguson’s assistant Antonia Marshall preparing care packages for care workers at a local hospice in Windsor.

A few days before the wedding of Beatrice and Edoardo, Prince Andrew was spotted in his car grinning to his bodyguard.

However, the Duke was nowhere to be seen in the pictures of the wedding shared by Buckingham Palace.

The only guests appearing in the beautiful snaps alongside the bride and groom were the Queen and Prince Philip.

One royal expert believes it would have been “unwise” of the Duke to feature in these snaps.

Richard Fitzwilliams previously told “The controversy which continues to surround Andrew made any public appearance by him unwise.

“Since this wedding was a well-kept secret, this choice of photographs made total sense. 

“If Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who live together at nearby Royal Lodge, had been included in them there would have been instant controversy.

“It was a tiny gathering and in accordance with government guidelines.

“They will undoubtedly celebrate later.

“Meanwhile the way this was handled made total sense.”    

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