An embarrassed Prince Andrew was seen leaving Windsor just 25 hours after walking his daughter Princess Beatrice down the aisle at the first "secret" royal wedding in 234 years.
The embarrassed king looked embarrassed as he drove a Range Rover off-road while wearing a rugby jersey emblazoned with the British Order of the Garter motto.
It read "Honi soit qui mal y pense", a French maxim that translates as "May he be ashamed who thinks badly about it".
An embarrassed Prince Andrew was seen leaving Windsor just 25 hours after walking his daughter Princess Beatrice down the aisle at the first "secret" royal wedding in 234 years
The embarrassed king looked embarrassed as he drove a Range Rover off-road while wearing a rugby jersey emblazoned with the British Order of the Garter motto
Andrew is currently being called in to help the FBI investigate Ghislaine Maxwell – Jeffrey Epstein's girlfriend, who is suspected of having young women for him.
His six-month confrontation with the FBI deepened after Maxwell was arrested for allegedly helping to attract underage girls who were sexually abused by Epstein.
Her arrest in Bradford, New Hampshire, will now increase the demand that Andrew be questioned about his involvement despite denying misconduct.
However, yesterday the king put his problems aside because of the Epstein pedophilia scandal aside so that he could betray the princess in a remarkable private ceremony.
The secret nature of the hastily arranged wedding between Beatrice (31) and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (37) meant that the queen's troubled son was spared from performing publicly.
Edoardo's former lover, Dara Huang, was seen having a night out in the city just hours after he secretly married the king.
Princess Beatrice (right), 31, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (left), 37, on Friday at the first “secret” royal wedding in 235 years
Edoardo's former lover, Dara Huang, was seen having a night out in the city just hours after he secretly married the king
The Chinese-American architect, who shares four-year-old son Christopher, known as Wolfie, with ex-fiance Edo, looked good when she had a drink with friends in Knightsbridge last night.
Just a few hours after Beatrice married Italian developer Edoardo at a ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's Royal Lodge home in Windsor Great Park with only 20 guests – including the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99 – Dara was pictured with friends getting out.
Dara was seen laughing with a male friend when she appeared casually in torn black denim shorts and a white t-shirt that she paired with sneakers and a quilted jacket at a local cafe.
The mother of a child then put on a mask when she left the venue with a coffee and a shopping bag and a large blue backpack.
In January, a friend of the former couple told the Mail that they would be around Sunday and that Dara was still cutting Edo's hair and occasionally buying clothes for him.
Dara was seen laughing with a male friend when she appeared casually in torn black denim shorts and a white t-shirt that she paired with sneakers and a quilted jacket at a local cafe
In January, a friend of the former couple told the Mail that they would be around Sunday and that Dara was still cutting Edo's hair and occasionally buying him clothes (seen with her son Wolf).
Prince Andrew (pictured) led his daughter down the aisle during the private ceremony at the All Saints Royal Chapel near Windsor Castle
The bride's mother, Sarah Ferguson, has broken her silence since the secret marriage by posting on Instagram on her YouTube channel uploading videos of her children's books.
She posted a photo of her in a bright orange dress and a matching flower crown while she was reading the children's book Peepo! Clasped, and wrote the post: “Today at 4pm at Storytime with Fergie and Freinds I will read Peepo! by Allan and Janet Ahlberg and my friend is Michelle O & # 39; Reilly.
The 31-year-old Beatrice married her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (37), known as Edo, in an intimate ceremony with only 15 family members and friends in the Church of All Saints on the estate of Queen Windsor.
The bride's mother, Sarah Ferguson, has broken her silence since the secret marriage by posting on Instagram on her YouTube channel uploading videos of her children's books
The couple had planned a much larger event in London in May, but had to cancel it due to closure.
Her grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, were the only kings present besides Beatrice and her immediate family, including her mother Sarah, Duchess of York, and the younger sister Princess Eugenie.
The monarch shared her joy with Captain Sir Tom Moore, whom she knighted hours after the wedding at Windsor Castle and told him, “My granddaughter got married this morning. Both Philip and I did it – very nice. "
Edo's four-year-old son Wolfie was his "mini best man" when Beatrice became the first "blood princess" to become a stepmother. The last king believed to have secretly married was George IV, who in 1785 married his lover Maria Fitzherbert in a stealthy ceremony in her Mayfair drawing room.
Details of Beatrice's wedding were briefly confirmed yesterday by Buckingham Palace. The Daily Mail can also reveal the following:
- Only members of the "inner circle" of the family were informed about the wedding and committed to secrecy.
- The bride and her mother organized the wedding in just two weeks after the state restrictions were relaxed so their grandparents could attend before moving to Balmoral for the summer.
- Beatrice went from her father's Royal Lodge – where she had stayed the night before the wedding – to the nearby church and had only one bridesmaid.
- Wolfie's mother, Dara Huang, is not believed to have been present.
- The bride wore the wedding dress she wanted to show in May;
- Guests, including the Queen, were socially distant in the church and had an outdoor reception at the Royal Lodge.
Family friends insisted that the wedding's secrecy was not due to Andrew's problems with the Epstein scandal.
The FBI wants to question him about his close friendship with the convicted pedophile who killed himself while he is awaiting trial for further charges last summer.
The pressure on Andrew, 60, increased after the arrest of his close friend, Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, in the United States.
However, the sources said that secrecy was explained by Beatrice and Edo's desire for a quiet, private ceremony and the fact that they didn't want to overshadow Sir Tom's Knight in Windsor.
But Dario Mapelli Mozzi, Edo's cousin, who had once been removed, said the email: "We heard that it was postponed to the next year, but that was clear to keep it secret." Maybe they did it now to make sure the queen could be there.
Pressure on ashamed Andrew (pictured left with Beatrice) increased after his close friend, Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested in the United States. The groom's cousin blamed the "problems" of the prince for the secret wedding
"Or maybe they didn't want to go overboard with advertisements because of problems with their father if someone criticized them."
Previously, Edo worked with architect Miss Huang for three years. They are said to have split up between Beatrice and Beatrice just a few weeks before his relationship began.
On the small guest list were Princess Eugenie's husband Jack, Edo's mother Nikki Williams-Ellis and stepfather David and his half-brother Alby Shale, with whom he is very close.
Alby is a son of Nikki's second marriage to the late Tory-Granden Christopher Shale and the goddess of the Duchess of York.
The couple had planned a much larger event in London in May, but had to cancel it due to closure. Her grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, were the only kings present besides Beatrice and her immediate family, including her mother and sister
George IV last married secretly in 1785
It is believed that the last king to marry secretly was George IV when he was still Prince of Wales.
The future monarch married his Catholic lover Maria Fitzherbert in a secret ceremony, which was carried out in 1785 in the salon of her Mayfair house.
It was technically invalid since George had not obtained his father's approval, George III, as required by any heir to the throne under the Royal Marriage Act of 1772.
Marriage to a Roman Catholic man would also have excluded him from accession to the throne.
Rumors of the marriage scandalized the company, but the couple stayed together until 1795, when George agreed to marry a Protestant Princess Caroline of Braunschweig.
He was in huge debt and was forced into marriage in exchange for a bailout, but came to loathe his new wife. The couple had a daughter together, Princess Charlotte, but separated after their birth and George later described Ms. Fitzherbert as "the woman of my heart and soul".
He became Prince Regent in 1811 after George III. Has been classified as incapable of government because of his mental instability.
His marriage to Princess Caroline was so unsuccessful that he tried unsuccessfully to divorce her after becoming king in 1820. He died a decade later.
He is said to have given instructions that he should be buried with a tiny portrait of Mrs. Fitzherbert tied around his neck.
She kept a portrait of him in a medallion that she allegedly held when she died in 1837.
George's only child, Princess Charlotte, died at birth in 1817, so the crown passed to his brother, who became William IV.
It is believed that Edo's father, Nikki's first husband, Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, who has British and Italian citizenship, was invited, but it is not clear whether he left. A source said they thought it was "unlikely" and the two were "not close".
Sources said it was impossible to invite other members of the royal family, "because when you invite one, questions are asked why you didn't invite the others and there are simply too many of them."
An insider said that while it wasn't the first time the queen and her husband saw members of their family, it was still the first family event the older couple had attended for months.
Beatrice and Edo had planned to marry in front of 150 guests at the Chapel Royal at St. James & # 39; s Palace on May 29, followed by a reception in the garden of Buckingham Palace.
The couple, who were locked up together with Edo's mother and her husband in Oxfordshire, decided to just sit back and see how it went.
Their only condition was that they didn't want to wait too long to tie the knot – even if it meant it was just the two of them – and that if they could have a little wedding, the Queen, 94 and Philip, 99, had to be there.
When the government announced that weddings with up to 30 socially distant guests would be allowed from July 4, Beatrice and Edo – with their fond mother who took care of the arrangements – took action.
The 190-year-old All Saints Chapel, also known as the Royal Chapel of All Saints or Queen Victoria & # 39; s Chapel, is a listed building. The Queen regularly attends Sunday services when she is in the area, as does her mother before her.
It has the advantage of being completely private – cut off from members of the public and the press – which meant that Andrew, who was reluctant to do so due to the Epstein scandal, did not have to be seen in public.
The news of Beatrice's wedding only began to break when a photographer spotted Philip and the queen, who were shining in flowers in a turquoise coat and hat, and were driven up the Long Walk in their official car from Windsor Castle and through Great Park to the church .
Both the ceremony and a subsequent reception at Andrew were organized with strict social distance. According to Covid-19 guidelines, wedding ceremonies must be kept as short as possible, without having to avoid eating or drinking and singing and playing instruments. So the family gathered in the garden.
The Queen was one of the first to leave the group at 11:45 a.m. to honor Captain Tom at the castle.
The bride and groom decided not to publish the traditional wedding photo until today, so as not to overshadow the knight's ceremony.
A close friend of the family said Wolfie was a star and added: “Wolfie spent a lot of time with them, and although Beatrice is of course very respectful that she is his stepmother and Dara is a wonderful mother, she loves Wolfie very much. Beatrice is a very sweet, very sensitive young woman. "
Another friend said the past year was "hugely difficult for the family" because Andrew's friendship with Epstein had been put under the microscope.
"These children were so devastated by all of this that it was really nice to have this wedding out of the public eye," they said.
"They were all there and Sarah held the show on the street. Very, very few people received information about it. "
From opulence to darkness: what a difference a year makes for royal weddings …
By Rebecca English for the Daily Mail
Harry and Meghan, 2018
The amount was unprecedented. More than 50,000 people flocked to the city of Windsor, Berkshire every hour, packing the streets and long walk in Great Park.
TV teams from America, Britain and around the world paid thousands for viewpoints.
And the atmosphere was electrifying when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in the great St. George’s Chapel in the castle in May 2018.
Hundreds of guests there – including George and Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey as well as the Royals.
In the UK alone, 13 million watched television. The prince and the Hollywood star – we all thought it was a new morning for the royal family, but unfortunately it shouldn't be.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May 2018 in the great St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
In the UK alone, 13 million watched on television how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex drove the long way down towards Windsor Castle in a carriage
Jack Brooksbank and Eugenie, 2018
Just a few months after Harry and Meghan's big day, the second royal wedding of the year took place in a crowded St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Eugenie, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, married Jack Brooksbank, the European brand manager of Casamigos Tequila, a company founded by George Clooney.
Thousands of members of the public lined the streets of Windsor to look at the couple, whose bridesmaids and pageboys included Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra provided the music, and guests included Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
Brooksbank drove his wife to an reception at the Royal Lodge with an Aston Martin DB10, one of the eight for the 007 film Specter.
Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank go to St. George & # 39; s Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding on October 12, 2018
Princess Eugenie's mother Sarah Ferguson at her wedding in Windsor in October 2018
Edo and Beatrice, 2020
Princess Beatrice's wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was hit by the double blow from Covid-19 and the scandal surrounding her father and was as reserved as you can imagine.
The venue – originally planned as Chapel Royal, St. James & # 39; s Palace in London – was the relatively modest Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of the Royal Lodge family home in Windsor Great Park.
It is usually used as a parish church for royal household employees. The event was completely closed to the public and was attended by only about 15 guests, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
At least the bride's father, Prince Andrew, looked more than happy after the ceremony.
The venue – originally planned as Chapel Royal, St. James & # 39; s Palace in London – was the relatively modest Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of the Royal Lodge family home in Windsor Great Park
The British Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive on October 19, 2019 for the wedding ceremony of Countess Arco-Zunneberg of Prince Napoleon at the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Cathedral in the Invalides National Hotel in Paris
The event was completely closed to the public and was only attended by around 15 guests. Among them were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (picture).
The dashing Italian property developer who won Bea & # 39; s heart: the father of an Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, is a long-time friend of the family who tore them off their feet
Princess Beatrice secretly married Italian real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Windsor Castle
Princess Beatrice married fiancee Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at a secret wedding in Windsor today – but who is the man who stole the king's heart?
The happy couple were due to marry 150 guests at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in London on May 29, but Covid-19 meant they had to postpone their big day.
After keeping their plans secret, they tied the knot in the All Saints' Chapel in Windsor Great Park this morning in front of only 20 guests, including the Queen (94) and Prince Philip (99).
Beatrice (31) and Edo (37) have been friends of the family for many years, but started their relationship in October 2018 and became engaged in September last year.
The couple said of their 11-month whirlwind romance in a statement: “We are delighted to share the news about our recent commitment.
Real estate developer Edoardo is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale and has been a friend of the Yorks for some time. The father of a child has a son, Christopher, with his former partner Dara Huang. He is said to have a friendly relationship with Huang and is proud to still be an active part of his son's life. Edoardo was educated at the prestigious Radley School in Oxfordshire before doing a Masters in Politics in Edinburgh.
It is believed that he has known Beatrice for years. The king attended the funeral of Edoardo's stepfather Christopher Shale, who died of a heart attack in Glastonbury in 2011. Shale was a close friend of David Cameron.
An Edo's father has a young son, Christopher, whose nickname is Wolfie, with his former partner Dara Huang – which means Beatrice is now a stepmother. Right, Beatrice with Edo
Prince Andrew's fall is over: RICHARD KAY tells how the Duke of York is so scaled down that he can't even dare to give his own daughter away
By Richard Kay for the Daily Mail
Nothing is as romantic as the term "summer bride", and it is hard to believe that Princess Beatrice was married in a ceremony of secrecy yesterday that – until now – not even a photo has been issued to mark this.
No royal wedding in vivid memory has been coordinated with such a lack of public joy and celebration.
Even Princess Anne, the Queen's least sentimental child, posed in front of the camera on a freezing December day in Balmoral when she married for the second time.
Catastrophic: Prince Andrew speaks to Emily Maitlis, who interviewed him for BBC Newsnight
Without that, Beatrice's big day will instead be remembered for the two long shadows cast over a royal wedding afflicted with calamity. And the tragedy for the princess is that neither was made by her.
One of them was Covid-19, which thwarted the plans of so many people across the country. The other was the overthrow of her father Prince Andrew, once a national hero who has shrunk so much today due to the continuing Jeffrey Epstein scandal that he can't even dare to betray his own daughter.
Whatever the royal family's dealers did for yesterday's humble event, it is inevitably considered Andrew's ultimate shame that Beatrice had to marry this way.
Her wedding plans were followed by his spectacular fall. Even before the corona virus pandemic, it was generally expected to be held privately and without TV cameras after Andrew's catastrophic Newsnight interview ended last November.
It was even unclear whether the Duke of York would lead his daughter up the aisle – as he did at Princess Eugenie's Windsor wedding two years ago in October.
Hardly a week has passed since this interview, with no further revelations about friendships that triggered new depths of indolence and embarrassed the Royals even more.
Nothing is as romantic as the phrase "summer bride", and so it is hard to believe that Princess Beatrice was married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a ceremony of secrecy yesterday that – until now – not even a photo has been issued for identification
This month's arrest of his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of providing girls for Epstein, must have been the last blow to banish the remaining chance that Beatrice and her fiancee Edo Mapelli Mozzi could have a "normal" wedding .
Her plans to marry in front of 1,560 guests at the Chapel Royal at St. James & # 39; s Palace, followed by an outdoor reception at Buckingham Palace, had long been swept away by the corona crisis.
So in its place there was a ceremony that was far from the public and was not performed with any of the blessings that are normally part of a royal marriage – a wedding like no other royal wedding.
In another twist, Beatrice became a stepmother from a previous relationship by marrying her husband's young son, Christopher, known as Wolfie.
Certainly, the grand ceremony in the small Church of All Saints on the grounds of Windsor Great Park was neither grand nor extravagant. It is more often the place for much sadder royal events.
Here, gamekeepers kept watch over the Queen Mother's coffin after her death in 2002, and it is often the site of funerals for Windsor Estate employees and royal friends. Weddings are almost unknown.
All Saints is also the Queen's parish church where she worships most Sundays when she is in Windsor.
And of course she has been at home in the castle since she was closed. Yesterday, she wore the same steadfast smile she'd worn throughout her adult life – and showed the same remarkable strength – when she and Prince Philip came to the most unusual family gathering by car.
"Her thoughts would have been for her granddaughter," says a friend of the queen.
This month's arrest of his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of providing girls for Epstein, must have been the last blow to banish the remaining chance that Beatrice and her fiancee Edo Mapelli Mozzi could have a "normal" wedding
"She knows it's not Beatrice's fault that so much has affected her and she wanted to support her."
The church is also near the Royal Lodge, where Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, the Duchess of York, live and where Beatrice probably spent her last night as a single woman.
If it had only been chosen for privacy reasons, it couldn't have been better. But secrecy was the order of the day. The details of the service, believed to be headed by Canon Martin Poll, a former Royal Navy chaplain, were so sparse that it wasn't even clear how many people were actually there.
One report said 20, another suggested that the numbers could not have been more than eight.
Perhaps the most bizarre was the palace's announcement that no photos of the event would be published for 24 hours.
This was because it was decided that nothing should stage the chivalry that the Queen bestowed on the nation's most popular fundraiser, the extraordinary captain Tom Moore.
This was certainly the weakest argument. Because if this were really the case, wouldn't it have made more sense to postpone one or the other ceremony? Certainly there was pressure on the Queen's schedule.
Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the wedding had to take place before the Queen left for Balmoral later in the month.
And only since July 4th have weddings with up to 30 guests been allowed.
Princess Beatrice with sister Princess Eugenie and parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew
In a brusque statement that spoke of the sadness of the service, the palace said: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and a close family attended the small ceremony.
The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant government guidelines. “The bride's father was not mentioned, let alone the presence of bridesmaids or pages, if there were any.
Such a lack of information can hardly result in Captain Tom not being overshadowed. In fact, the only conclusion can be that it was more about not paying attention to Prince Andrew.
Certainly no other royal wedding was as spoiled as Beatrice's. Even the Duke of Windsor, who had more reason than anyone to hide his wedding after leaving the throne for the divorced Wallis Simpson, celebrated his wedding in France with friends and photographers present.
Of course, nothing, not even the apparent thinness of the event, will take Beatrice and Edo's luck.
There are plans for a much larger “second” ceremony in Italy, and the fact is that Beatrice, who was well aware of the criticism of the wasteful size of her sister's wedding, wanted a less formal worship.
But for Andrew, who was used to being the center of royal attention, the humiliation must now be complete.
Seldom punished as a child, he grew up, says a courtier, "with a pompous degree of self-importance" because he was second on the throne. He felt it as he was depressed in the line of successors.
The Queen has always tried to help in this regard by ensuring that he plays a "role", not always, as we know, with great success.
Andrew has always been the son who specifically bowed and kissed her hand every time he visited Buckingham Palace, and he is the son who saved the treasures of Windsor Castle in her eyes when the flames licked it in 1992.
The prince was on leave from the Navy and organized workers in a human chain to save their priceless paintings, furniture, and artifacts.
Andrew couldn't go wrong for the Queen. A few months ago, Royals and her advisors viewed Beatrice's wedding as the moment when Andrew's public rehabilitation could possibly begin. Yesterday it was shown that it is now as far away as ever.
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