Sarah Ferguson has shared a gushing tribute to her ‘darling’ Princess Beatrice as she marks the date which was set to be her wedding day to fiancé Edo Mapelli Mozzi.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 31, was due to marry Edo, 37, at St James Palace and celebrate with family and friends at Buckingham Palace today, but the wedding was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Princess Beatrice, daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, is currently spending lockdown with Edo and future mother-in-law Nikki Shale at her £1.5 million country house near Chipping Norton.
Sharing a childhood picture of Princess Beatrice on Instagram, Sarah Ferguson, who is known as Fergie, commented: ‘I am so excited to celebrate yours and Edo’s love when we all are out of lockdown.’
Sarah Ferguson, 61, has shared a gushing tribute online to her daughter Princess Beatrice, 31, on what was set to be her wedding day
Sharing the post, Fergie posted: ‘Love you my darling Beatrice. You have given me more joy than I could ever wish for.
She went on: ‘The most important thing is health and love and today I send it to you and all the other people that were getting married during this time …so proud of you all.’
Beatrice was overjoyed after becoming engaged on a weekend trip to Italy last September, and the couple said they could not wait to be married.
But her nuptials were overshadowed by the scandal that has engulfed her father Andrew, with the date changing twice to accommodate the Queen’s second son.
Princess Beatrice was due to marry Edo in a ceremony at the Chapel Royal today, followed by a reception in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, but the wedding was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic
The duke retired from public royal duties in November after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew has strenuously denied claims from Virginia Giuffre that he slept with her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein.
As the granddaughter of a monarch, Beatrice would have been expected to wed in front of 800 guests in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, just like her sister Princess Eugenie, whose ceremony was televised and was followed by a carriage ride through the town.
But, amid the controversy over her father, the princess opted for the more intimate, low-key option of the Chapel Royal and was due to invite 150 guests.
The Duchess of York, who is currently living in the Royal Lodge in Windsor, shared a childhood photograph of her daughter
Edo’s son, Wolfie, from his relationship with architect Dara Huang, was set to be in the wedding party, alongside Eugenie as chief Bridesmaid.
The Queen was to host the private reception in the grounds of her London residence.
But plans were changed after the Government called on all people in the UK, particularly the over-70s, to avoid all non-essential contact and travel as part of unprecedented peacetime measures aimed at controlling the spread of Covid-19.
The Queen, 93, and the 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh are at Windsor Castle, where they are socially distancing themselves.
Princess Beatrice and Edo said they couldn’t wait to get married when they got engaged in September last year in Italy (pictured together)
And in April, Boris Johnson put a ban on weddings as the virus raged through the UK public.
Sources confirmed the wedding had been postponed earlier this year, telling People that the invitations were never sent out, due to complications with the virus.
While Duchess of York and her ex-husband Prince Andrew, 60, have been joined by Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, at their home the Royal Lodge in Windsor during the pandemic, Beatrice and Edo have stayed with his mother.
Speaking on the City Island podcast, Fergie explained: ‘Edo and Beatrice have been living with her future mother-in-law who is lovely…I’m missing my [other] daughter but it’s just like everybody else, we are just the same family as everybody else.’
The royal’s nuptials were initially overshadowed by the scandal that has engulfed her father Andrew, with the date changing twice to accommodate the Queen’s second son
She later revealed she felt ‘sad’ that Princess Beatrice’s nuptials, which were due to take place next week in St James’ Palace, had been postponed due to the pandemic.
She said: ‘It’s sad for me that Beatrice, she was going to get married next week, but they postponed the wedding.
‘Edo and Beatrice have been living with her future mother-in-law who is lovely. Great friend of mine.
The couple, who were set to marry today, are staying with Edo’s mother Nikki Shale at her £1.5 million home in Chipping Norton (pictured, Nikki)