The wedding of Britain's Princess Beatrice will be "very low key" in light of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, say sources, after Buckingham Palace announced it would be held in a tiny royal chapel.
Prince Andrew is expected to walk his daughter down the aisle at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, her Italian fiance, on Friday, May 29. Yet the choice of such a small venue for the ceremony, which will be followed by a private reception hosted by the queen in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, suggests that the royals want to make the event as private as possible.
A source close to the family insisted that it was "always going to be a low-key affair", adding: "Bea never wanted it to be a big event."
Her sister, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 at St George's Chapel, Windsor, which has a capacity of 800, and the wedding featured a star-studded guest list, as well as a carriage procession.
The Chapel Royal seats a modest 150 - and any reception at the palace will be closed to the public as it is impossible to see into the gardens.
The couple will travel by car, rather than carriage, but it is not yet clear how guests will be transported between the venues, amid concerns that Prince Andrew's presence will overshadow the big day.
The controversy surrounding his friendship with the paedophile financier shows no sign of abating, with the FBI accusing him of failing to respond to repeated requests for an interview and a row over whether Union flags should be flown to mark his impending 60th birthday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)