Why Princess Beatrice Doesn’t Need Permission from Queen Elizabeth II to Marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Rumors are flying Princess Beatrice of York, 30, is engaged to her boyfriend of less than a year, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi although the couple has yet to make an official announcement. Unlike her cousins, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice doesn’t need permission to marry Mozzi. Learn why ahead. 

Princess Beatrice and Mozzi have been dating for about a year and their relationship may very well be progressing toward marriage. When considering marriage, there are lots of factors to consider especially for members of the royal family, but one thing Mozzi and Princess Beatrice don’t have to worry about is asking Queen Elizabeth II for permission.

Talk about a weight being lifted from Princess Beatrice’s shoulders. Imagine how nerve-wracking and kind of awkward it would be for the princess to ask the leader of the British monarchy who is also her grandmother for a formal marriage consent?

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Lenny Kravitz & Dom Perignon ‘Assemblage’ exhibition, the launch Of Lenny Kravitz’ UK Photography Exhibition, on July 10, 2019, in London, England. | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Dom Perignon

The reason Princess Beatrice doesn’t need written consent from her grandmother to get married has everything to do with protocol, namely the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, according to PopSugar.

Originally the act stated every member of the British royal family needed the leader of the monarch to formally approve of their future husband and wife. However, the law changed in 2013. Now, only the first six people in the line of succession are required to ask for permission. Princess Beatrice is No. 9 and as such, she’s not required to get the green light from her grandmother before agreeing to marry Mozzi.

The Royal Marriages Act coupled with the fact Princess Beatrice isn’t a working royal — she has a job outside the British royal family — she’s not required to get permission from Queen Elizabeth II. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice
Princess Beatrice and Queen Elizabeth II attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019, in Ascot, England. | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

We’d imagine asking for permission is simply a formality for the British royal family. Although Queen Elizabeth II didn’t give her sister, Princess Margaret, permission to marry the man she loved, Group Captain Peter Townsend because he had been divorced. To be fair, divorce wasn’t common back then. Thankfully, times have changed seeing as members of the royal family have divorced their spouses, remarried, or married divorcées. 

Queen Elizabeth II issued a formal notice of consent for Prince William (second in the line of succession) and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, prior to their royal wedding in 2011. 

The same happened for Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (sixth in the line of succession) in 2017 when he wanted to propose to his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle (a divorcée), now the Duchess of Sussex. He had to ask Queen Elizabeth II for permission. Once her formal issue of consent had been released, drama ensued about the wording the monarch used to refer to Middleton versus Markle but was later debunked

Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew, Princess Eugenie, and Sarah Ferguson. | Sarah Ferguson via Instagram

We can’t forget about Princess Beatrice’s parents, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. She — and her sister Princess Eugenie of York — are close with their parents. Getting approval from her parents is likely very important to Princess Beatrice and understandably would make her nervous if and when she and Mozzi get engaged.