Did Princess Beatrice Just Hint Prince Andrew Won’t Be in Her Wedding?

Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, is one of the more private members of the royal family. She has her own career, spends a great deal of time in the United States, and generally tries to avoid the spotlight. Still, in the coming months, all eyes will be on Princess Beatrice as she prepares to marry her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

In spite of the excitement of the occasion, there is a dark cloud hanging over the royal family in the form of Prince Andrew’s devastating scandal. Read on to learn how Princess Beatrice has handled the damaging claims against her father and the likelihood that he will still play a role in her wedding.

Prince Andrew’s scandalous summer

Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew, Duke of York | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

When convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died in his jail cell over the summer, it attracted a great deal of media attention. Specifically, many people started looking to the connection between Epstein and Prince Andrew, who has historically been one of the most-liked members of the royal family. Associates of Epstein began accusing Prince Andrew of lewd, inappropriate behavior, and that the royal worked closely with Epstein in his sex trafficking scheme. 

Prince Andrew spoke out twice denying the allegations – the second time, via a disastrous televised interview that had many questioning his innocence. Far from dismissing the allegations, his interview made things worse, and shortly after the interview aired, Prince Andrew announced that he would be stepping away from his royal duties for the foreseeable future. In addition, Queen Elizabeth canceled his upcoming sixtieth birthday party and removed his name from many of the charities that he had been a patron of. 

Does Princess Beatrice support her father?

While most of the royal family has remained tight-lipped regarding their personal feelings in the matter, it’s safe to say that their lives are forever changed. Princess Beatrice has reportedly been impacted by the scandal in terms of her upcoming wedding, though reports say that she still supports her father and that he plays a very “traditional” role in her life. 

Still, some reports have revealed the true extent of how badly the scandal has impacted Princess Beatrice’s wedding plans, claiming that many wedding dress designers didn’t want to work with her in order to create her wedding day look. While she hasn’t spoken out to confirm any of these rumors, she and Mozzi are moving full-steam ahead to prepare for their big day, clearly trying not to let the drama affect them.

Will Prince Andrew be in Princess Beatrice’s wedding?

Of course, many royal fans want to know the big question: will Prince Andrew walk Princess Beatrice down the aisle at her September 2020 wedding? While a recent news story claims that Prince Andrew will be playing a “major part” at his daughter’s wedding and definitely plans on walking her down the aisle, there are many who are questioning whether or not that is a good idea. After all, he is very conspicuously absent from royal family functions, and many members of the public don’t want to see him at all.

Still, People recently reported that Prince Andrew was not at Princess Beatrice’s fabulous, star-studded engagement party. The publication speculated that he might have skipped out on the event due to the fact that he is still trying to lie low because of the Epstein scandal. Perhaps he is hoping that by the time the wedding rolls around, most members of the public will have forgotten about the scandal.

Whether or not that will come to pass remains to be seen, but it seems unlikely, considering that there is still an ongoing investigation about Prince Andrew’s role in Epstein’s dealings.