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.
From ‘naive’ to ‘outcast’: UK reacts to Prince Andrew’s retirement from public life
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.
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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.
“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