PRINCESS BEATRICE is smitten with boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and many expect to hear wedding bells soon. But unusual royal etiquette could force Beatrice to hold off on her big day – and this could be why.
Royal fans are delighted to see Princess Beatrice, 31, head over heels for Italian beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The couple went public with their relationship in March and have proven inseparable ever since. While many expect a royal wedding on the horizon royal custom could force Bea to postpone.
Property tycoon and divorcee Edo already appears to be a firm fixture of the York family.
He has been introduced to Bea’s parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and has joined the York clan on several outings.
A source told the Sun: “Beatrice and Edo have the same circle of friends and were introduced through a mutual chum. They hit it off instantly and have a real laugh together.”
They continued: “They’ve been on holiday together and Beatrice introduced him to Fergie and her dad.
“Things are moving very quickly and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they got engaged within a short period of time.”
Princess Beatrice was beaten down the aisle by her younger sister Princess Eugenie last October.
Princess Eugenie wowed the world when she tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank at a spectacular Windsor royal wedding last October.
And now bookies have suggested Eugenie could reach another milestone before her big sister.
Last week bets were suspended on Princess Eugenie being pregnant after the royal was snapped at a New York Fashion Week event.
If the 29-year-old Princess does announce baby news soon then Bea may have to delay her big day.
The practice of not making two huge royal announcements at once reportedly stems from when the Queen was pregnant with Prince Andrew.
While the Palace has never confirmed this, it was understood that Princess Margaret was made to delay announcing her engagement Mr Armstrong-Jones.
Royal etiquette seemed to dictate Princess Margaret must wait until after Prince Andrew’s birth to announce her big news.
Margaret and Anthony’s engagement was finally confirmed by Clarence House in February 1960 – one week after Prince Andrew was born.
If the Princesses are expected to adhere to this custom too, then Bea may have to hold off a potential wedding if Eugenie announces she is pregnant.
Royal baby fever has reached new heights of late with both Meghan Markle and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge being backed to give birth in 2020.
The bookies have dramatically shortened the odds on Kate giving birth by the end of 2020 to 1/2.
They also put the chances of Meghan Markle having another baby in 2020 at 4/7.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “There’ll be plenty for royalists to sink their teeth into next year if the latest odds are anything to go by, with a royal wedding and two babies potentially on the way.”