Is Princess Beatrice Really Cancelling Her Engagement Party?

The Prince Andrew scandal is the worst royal scandal in recent history. The prince is accused of having sex with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Here’s how the scandal may be affecting the prince’s eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice.

Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Princess Beatrice’s fantasy engagement

AOL reports Princess Beatrice is engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Mozzi is a property tycoon from Italy. They seem to take their engagement very seriously. According to Vanity Fair, they got acclaimed photographer Misan Harriman to take their official engagement photos.

The black-and-white pictures are tasteful and intimate, reminiscent of Beyoncé’s music video for “Drunk in Love.” Harriman was happy for the couple, writing “Everything clicks when they are together and that’s exactly what my lens captured. It was an honor to observe and document such love. Massive Congratulations …on your wonderful news.” Although the engagement should be joyous for the couple, it’s plagued with problems.

A scandal clouds Princess Beatrice’s nuptials

Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice in 2006 | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

The source of the princess’ troubles is her father’s scandal. Prince Andrew stepped down from his royal duties following a BBC interview about his alleged crimes. Some on social media felt the prince came across as callous and unconcerned with the well-being of Epstein’s alleged victims. Others questioned whether the prince’s alibi of being at a PizzaExpress in Woking was believable.

Since then, the prince has stepped down from his royal duties. His official statement on the subject reads, in part: “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support.”

The glamorous engagement party that never was

Princess Beatrice originally scheduled her engagement party to be held at London’s Chiltern Firehouse. The Chiltern Firehouse is known for being exclusive and prestigious. Many of Britain’s most popular celebrities dine there, and it’s extremely hard for the average person to book a table.

The Chiltern Firehouse in London | Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images

Princess Beatrice is among the elite few who can easily book a party at the Chiltern Firehouse. However, she has canceled her engagement party there. Instead, she is planning on having a private engagement party at the home of her fiance’s friend. This change of location is motivated by the princess’ fear the press will swarm her father if the party is held at a public venue. Such press coverage could disrupt the event for the happy couple.

It remains to be seem if the scandal leads to any further issues for the princess. It’s entirely conceivable Prince Andrew will have a minor role in his daughter’s wedding given the controversy surrounding him. The prince may never regain his former public stature.

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