Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Skipped Princess Beatrice’s Wedding

After delaying her wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic, Princess Beatrice married her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret ceremony on July 17.

The couple swapped nuptials at Windsor Castle as close members of their family looked on. However, sources say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly weren’t in attendance. Ahead, everything we know about the ceremony and why the royal pair chose not to attend.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at an event
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at an event in January 2020, in London, England | Daniel Leal-Olivas – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Inside Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

After getting engaged to the businessman in September 2019, Princess Beatrice initially planned to marry Mozzi on May 29 at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace. But as the coronavirus swept the world, affecting millions of people and leading to global social distancing measures, the couple had no choice but to postpone the ceremony.

No tentative wedding date was announced, but then on July 17 reports emerged that the pair had tied the knot. According to The Sun, they said “I do” in front of about 20 guests — down from the 150 they had originally invited.

“The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement shared with the outlet. “The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant government guidelines.”

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at an event in December 2019 | UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images

The reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren’t at Princess Beatrice’s wedding

A source suggested to Town & Country on July 18 that there might have been a scheduling issue, as the wedding “was planned to accommodate the British monarch’s schedule.”

The outlet noted the couple now lives across the world in Los Angeles after stepping back from their senior roles within the royal family in March. And considering the ongoing coronavirus crisis, it probably wouldn’t have been the best decision for them to travel back.

Despite rumors of infighting within the royal family, the source urged fans not to view the couple’s absence as a slight to the royal, noting that Prince William and Kate Middleton “likely” skipped the ceremony too. As of writing, neither couple has commented on Princess Beatrice’s wedding or their alleged absences.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now

Until the COVID crisis calms, Prince Harry and Markle have reportedly been holed up with their son, Archie, in an $18 million mansion belonging to movie mogul Tyler Perry. In June, they signed a deal with a speaking agency known to book gigs for as much as $1 million per appearance. However, they have remained mostly in quarantine due to the ongoing health crisis.

As they isolate themselves, an Entertainment Tonight source claims “Harry and Meghan are doing great and are relieved to have less pressures and commitments. They’re using this time to be thoughtful and strategic about the type of work and projects they want to be involved in moving forward.”

The source also spoke on their personal relationship, noting the couple is “stronger than ever” and that it’s “a blessing for them to not have so many distractions and commitments.”

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