There’s a royal wedding on the horizon this spring.
Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will be getting married on May 29 at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.
The Queen will host a private reception for the newlyweds in the gardens at Buckingham Palace.
Princess Beatrice is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duke and Duchess of York. The news of her wedding details comes after Andrew, the Queen’s second son, announced in November he was stepping away from his royal duties due to controversy over his past friendship with convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Princess Beatrice, 31, got engaged to Mozzi, CEO of architecture/design studio Banda Property, in September while on vacation in Italy. She was previously in a long-term relationship with American-born Dave Clark, whom she broke up with in 2016.
After their engagement announcement, the property tycoon posted photos on his Instagram account with a sweet caption: “You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home. Hand in hand, today, tomorrow and forever.”
Mozzi is father to a young son, Wolfie, from a previous relationship with American architect and designer Dara Huang.
The wedding will come on the heels of a hectic few months for the royal family. First, at the tail end of 2019, Andrew made headlines over his connection to Epstein and eventual decision to step back. In early January, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made the same decision, though for very different reasons. (In a speech shortly after the headline-making decision, Harry said the couple wanted to continue serving “the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.)
In a statement announcing the change in his public role, Prince Andrew said he continued to “unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.”
Federal authorities are continuing their investigation into the disgraced financier despite Epstein’s death by suicide in August in a Manhattan detention center where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Shocking headlines – and pictures – popped up in January 2015 when an American woman living in Australia, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 35, alleged in court documents that she was groomed by Epstein and his associates to sexually service Epstein’s powerful friends when she was a young Florida teen.
She said she was compelled to have sex with Andrew three times, in New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands and in London, starting when she was 17.
Andrew emphatically denied knowing anything about Epstein’s alleged crimes and to having any sexual contact with Giuffre.
Contributing: Maria Puente, Hannah Yasharoff and Leora Arnowitz