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Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, announces private wedding venue

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WATCH: A woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew spoke about the incident in her first televised interview this week. It comes as a lawyer for five women who have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking is calling on Andrew to testify.

The Royal Family announced the date and venue for the wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York on Friday.

Princess Beatrice, 31, will marry British property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.

The wedding will be followed by a reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. 

READ MORE: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie — Who are Prince Andrew’s daughters?

The announcement comes after much speculation due to renewed interest in the relationship between Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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According to royal historian Carolyn Harris, “the scrutiny surrounding her father” could explain why it took so long for Beatrice to announce the details of her nuptials. She was engaged to Mozzi in September 2019.

“We may well see a quieter royal wedding than Princess Eugenie had at St. George’s Chapel [in 2018],” Harris previously told Global News.

“Certainly, a public appearance by Prince Andrew is going to attract a lot of attention.”

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Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s third child, announced last year that he was withdrawing from his royal duties due to allegations by an American woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Giuffre says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew multiple times, starting at the age of 17.

She says she was sex-trafficked by Epstein, who died by suicide in August 2019. She alleges Epstein forced her to have sex with the prince in 2001 at the home of British socialite and friend of the prince Ghislaine Maxwell.

Prince Andrew denies all allegations.

A photograph of the prince with his hand around the waist of a teenage Giuffre standing next to Maxwell has been widely circulated.

The prince told the BBC he has questioned the legitimacy of the photo and says he does not recall it being taken.

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READ MORE: Prince Andrew steps down — The duke’s history with Jeffrey Epstein explained

Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 just days after he spoke with the BBC about his friendship with Epstein.

“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein [have] become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support,” the 59-year-old said in a statement.

— With files from Global News’ Laura Hensley and the Associated Press

Meghan.Collie@globalnews.ca