The Internet Isn't Happy About Princess Beatrice’s Wedding Plans

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it turns out the next royal wedding isn't high on the British public's list of priorities. That much became apparent when the Daily Express reported (opens in new tab) that Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were planning a grand ceremony in 2021 to "lift the nation's spirits"—and the nation quickly rejected the idea on Twitter. Beatrice began trending in the U.K., and while I'll steer clear of embedding the angriest tweets, allow me to summarize the sentiment: Many didn't feel that an elaborate, taxpayer-funded royal wedding would make them feel much better about the devastating social, economic, and personal impact of coronavirus.

In the name of journalistic integrity, here's something I should make clear. Neither the couple themselves, nor the unnamed source cited by the Express, made any mention of "lifting the nation's spirits" with the wedding; that seems to be editorializing on the part of the paper. Here's what the royal insider did say about the wedding (opens in new tab):

As the granddaughter of the Queen, it seems unfair that Bea would have had to hide her nuptials from the public when her younger sister Eugenie did not have to.

Eugenie’s wedding was televised and watched by three million viewers in the UK alone.

Beatrice and Eugenie’s profiles and workload will increase after the departure of Harry and Meghan.

Beatrice wants to show the public that she will never shirk her civic duties.

She wants the public to see her as an individual, and not to be judged for the mistakes of her father.


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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.