Will the Royal Family Pay for Princess Beatrice’s Wedding After Drama With Eugenie?

Royal fans are so excited at the prospect of another wedding next year. To the surprise of no one, Princess Beatrice got engaged to multimillionaire property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi last week. Their upcoming nuptials, which experts predict will happen at a stunning private villa in Tuscany, will certainly become the event of the year.

But all this wedding talk has reignited conversations about exactly who will pay for the whole affair. Though traditionally British taxpayers pick up the tab for royal weddings, there was a bit of a controversy in 2018 when Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie wed Jack Brooksbank. There was even a petition circulating demanding that the royal family fit the entire bill instead.

With all the negative attention from last time, will the royal family pay for Princess Beatrice’s wedding this time?

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

British taxpayers traditionally contribute to the expense of royal weddings

Weddings are notoriously expensive. Royal weddings are exponentially pricier.

For example, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptial ceremony in 2018 supposedly cost more than £35million ($43 million). While the royal family covered most of the expenses, the taxpayers did pay for royal security for the event, which didn’t come cheaply.

Princess Eugenie got married later in 2018 and cost the taxpayers around £2million ($2.4 million). In the weeks leading up to their wedding, an anti-royals group formed a petition demanding that the royal family pay for the entire wedding themselves. They also asked for a cost breakdown to be made public for all British taxpayers.

Princess Beatrice and her fiancé Edo can afford the wedding

If anyone can afford to take on the massive expensive of a royal wedding, it’s Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The Italian real estate mogul has spent years building up a massive fortune, and he could certainly spare enough to fund the entire cost of his wedding.

Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie hails from the royal family and is currently ninth in line to the British throne. She may not be a senior working royal, but she is an important royal family member and could qualify for having the British public pay for at least part of her wedding. But she could just as easily have her family pay for it privately.

The royal family hasn’t publicly announced who will pay for the wedding

Though neither Princess Beatrice nor Edo Mozzi has commented on the financial details of their wedding, it’s logical to assume that the pair will take a similar approach to their wedding as other royals have done recently. That means they’ll personally pay the majority of the money for the wedding and will use state contributions for smaller details including security officers’ overtime pay, holiday cancellations, and extra patrols.

Princess Beatrice
Princess Beatrice | Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images

No matter who pays, it’s clear that everyone is overjoyed that these two lovebirds are making things official. The official statement from Princess Beatrice’s parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson said, “We are thrilled that Beatrice and Edoardo have got engaged, having watched their relationship develop with pride.

We are the lucky parents of a wonderful daughter who has found her love and companion in a completely devoted friend and loyal young man.

We send them every good wish for a wonderful family future.”