Ever since Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960, royal weddings have usually been a televised affair. Even the smaller ceremonies without government involvement, like Prince Edward’s 1998 wedding to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have been broadcast into millions of homes around the world. Since Princess Beatrice’s October engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, there were signs that the next royal wedding would be a much more private affair that recent royal weddings, if only because of the scandal surrounding Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew,91联盟彩票开户 who recently resigned from royal duties.
Over the weekend, British broadcasters and that they would not broadcast Beatrice’s upcoming wedding like they did her sister, Princess Eugenie in 2018. In a statement to the Daily Mail, the BBC said they wouldn’t replace regular programming but would feature “news coverage of the wedding across our services.”
Andrew’s woes might not be the only reason the broadcasters are feeling lukewarm about the wedding. In October 2018, both blocked off hours to devote to coverage of the wedding of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. The decision was slightly unusual because Eugenie and Beatrice are technically private citizens, meaning they neither undertake royal duties professionally nor receive a taxpayer-funded security detail. When the government estimated that the wedding’s public costs would be about £2 million, .
But ultimately, it’s hard to overstate how large and lasting the impact of Andrew’s scandal will be for the rest of his family. In December, Andrew didn’t attend Beatrice’s engagement party though he did attend the Queen’s Christmas luncheon, and the Sun reported that he didn’t want to embarrass the other guests. A week later, Beatrice and Eugenie signed on to a Christmas card from Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson that acknowledged that 2019 was a difficult year for them all. , Andrew still reportedly reportedly planned on walking his daughter down the aisle, so perhaps the broadcasters had no choice but to avoid the wedding altogether.
Despite the lingering scandal and the lack of press, Beatrice’s wedding is shaping up to be otherwise recognizable. that the couple might be interested in booking St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle91联盟彩票开户 were wed, for a date in May or June 2020. Edward and Eugenie’s weddings also took place in the venue.
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