Shortly after it was announced that her father, Prince Andrew, has stepped back from his royal duties, it was reported that Princess Beatrice's wedding may be impacted by his actions too. Now, it's thought that her engagement party has also been cancelled amid the scandal.
If you hadn't heard: Prince Andrew, received widespread backlash after his interview with BBC's Newsnight, in which he was grilled about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. As well as upholding contact with Epstein, even after charges were pressed, Prince Andrew is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre). The incident, Giuffre claims, took place in 2001 when Epstein was trafficking her for sex. Prince Andrew continues to strongly deny any sexual contact with Giuffre and says he does not recall meeting her, but did say in the interview he felt he had "let the side down" for being friends with Jeffrey Epstein.
As for Princess Beatrice's engagement party, aaccording to Daily Mail, she and her fiancé, property tycoon Edo Mapelli Mozzi, were originally planning to hold the bash in a swanky London restaurant, but have had "to change the date of her engagement party at the Chiltern Firehouse, because of fears there will be too many photographers outside – looking for him [Prince Andrew]."
It's believed that the couple worried their initial choice of venue was "far too high-profile given the sensitive time her family is going through", but are planning to reschedule to another more low-key setting, at a later date.
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