The Heartbreaking Reason Princess Beatrice’s Wedding Is Being Dubbed the ‘Last Royal Wedding’

Buckingham Palace announced in September 2019 that Princess Beatrice was engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The pair then released a statement that read: “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”

Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

But a few weeks after that happy news Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, gave a disastrous TV interview about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Following the public backlash, Andrew was forced to step down from his royal duties and his actions had an impact on the plans for his daughter’s upcoming nuptials. Read on to find out more about that and the sad reason Beatrice’s big day will be the last royal wedding for some.

The reason it’s being called the ‘last royal wedding’

For those who enjoy watching royals tie the knot in lavish ceremonies before riding off into the sunset, you’ll be disappointed to know that Beatrice’s wedding will be the last time anyone will witness that scene for many years.

In the last decade, royal fans have been treated to the weddings of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. But Beatrice is the last one of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren who will be getting married anytime soon and there’s a possibility that it will be the final wedding Her Majesty and Prince Philip will be able to attend.

It’s no secret that the monarch and her husband are getting up there in age and since their other grandchildren and great-grandchildren are far too young to get married there won’t be any wedding bells in the near future.

That said, the royal family matriarch and patriarch may not be around the next time there is a royal wedding, which is why Beatrice’s is being dubbed the “last royal wedding.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Fans likely won’t see much of it

Royal watchers may not actually get to witness Beatrice and Mozzi’s special day.

British broadcasters BBC and ITV announced via a statement to the Daily Mail that the networks will not air the royal wedding. The BBC said it will not replace any of its regularly scheduled programming to show the ceremony live but may “offer news coverage of the wedding across our services.” 

Vanity Fair noted that ever since Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960, royal weddings have been televised including those smaller ceremonies without government involvement as was the case with Prince Edward’s wedding to Sophie, Countess of Wessex in 1998.

Therefore, Princess Beatrice’s not being televised is a big deal and many believe the reason the networks don’t want to carry it has everything to do with the scandal surrounding her father.

Read more: Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Be Able To Skip Princess Beatrice’s Wedding Now?