Princess Beatrice’s royal wedding to her Italian beau has reportedly been thrown into turmoil due to the coronavirus epidemic.
“The coronavirus has thrown a little bit of a [wrench] within the works,” a royal insider advised the Telegraph of the nuptials for Prince Andrew’s daughter ending with a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.
The wedding is about for Might 29 in St James’s Palace in London — with the UK presently struggling such a robust outbreak of COVID-19 that specialists concern the nation will quickly be pressured into full lockdown.
That’s already the case in Italy, the place Beatrice’s 37-year-old fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, nonetheless has sturdy ties and family.
“Though there’s no suggestion that Italy will stay in lockdown till the top of Might, clearly the entire thing does solid doubt over the visitor record,” the insider advised the UK paper.
With COVID-19 posing a selected risk to the aged, it additionally throws into doubt the attendance of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who turns 99 in June and is reportedly in “a state of self-imposed isolation” at their nation retreat, Sandringham.
“If the coronavirus reaches Italian proportions within the UK, I severely doubt the Duke would run the chance of touring to London for Beatrice’s wedding,” royal creator Phil Dampier mentioned of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Even the 93-year-old Queen — who not too long ago wore gloves handy out medals and is refraining from handshakes — could be pressured away from large gatherings.
“The Queen is soldiering on for the time being,” Dampier advised the paper.
“But when the coronavirus will get worse, I can’t think about the palace powers-that-be will need her assembly and greeting 1000’s of individuals. Not at her age.”
Mozzi, the son of France-based Rely Alessandro “Alex” Mapelli-Mozzi, proposed to Beatrice, 31, throughout a romantic journey to the Italian island of Capri final September.
The couple had initially wished to marry in Italy, however selected the UK so the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh wouldn’t must journey far, the Telegraph mentioned.
In December, Andrew, 59, skipped his daughter’s star-studded engagement bash amid the fallout from his Jeffrey Epstein scandal. However he reportedly nonetheless plans to stroll her down the aisle.
A spokesman for the couple insisted to the Telegraph that Mozzi solely had “distant family” in Italy.