Princess Beatrice “broke protocol” with her wedding plans. I say that half-jokingly, because as we’ve seen before, protocol isn’t really protocol, it’s just a loose set of “well, this is how it was done BEFORE!” guidelines. Usually, a royally engaged couple will set the date pretty quickly, generally within a month, after they announce their engagement. Beatrice waited more than four months. The official reason for why she couldn’t make any announcements last fall was the British election, and not wanting to cause a royal commotion. But the real reason was her father’s perversions with Jeffrey Epstein, and the fact that Andrew exposed himself as a liar and predator in his BBC interview. Turns out, all of that threw Bea’s wedding plans into disarray a few times:
Princess Beatrice is finally ready to share her wedding plans after months of tension following her father Prince Andrew’s scandal. In November, the Duke of York stepped back from his royal duties amid the fallout from his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
“The date was changed two times to adjust [around Andrew’s scandal],” a source tells PEOPLE. “It will be smaller than the original plan.”
The royal bride-to-be, 31, who is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, is set to wed financier Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, at St. James’s Palace in London on May 29 with a reception to follow at her grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s gardens at Buckingham Palace. Unlike Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie’s nuptials, Beatrice and Mozzi’s wedding will be a smaller celebration. The couple will also not have a carriage procession, which “is keeping with their wishes for a more low-key” affair, a royal source says.
The duke will walk his daughter down the aisle, and Beatrice’s future stepson Christopher (from Mozzi’s relationship with former girlfriend Dara Huang), who turns 4 in March, will also serve in the bridal party. “Andrew will probably give a toast at the reception like any father of the bride,” the source adds. “They will try to normalize this as much as possible.”
“They will try to normalize this as much as possible” is basically the perfect summary quote for everything involving Andrew. The royal family is trying to normalize this arrogant, stupid, vile rapist. The royal family is trying to normalize his “comeback” into royal life. The Queen will complete her mission to normalize Andrew back into full-time working royal status by Beatrice’s wedding. As for Bea’s changing wedding plans… she always gets the short end of the stick, and I’m still kind of worried that Edo will bounce before the wedding.