Shannen Findlay

International Travel

Fergie shuts down rumours about Princess Beatrice: “Don’t believe everything you read”

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York is on cloud nine after the announcement of her eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice’s engagement to long-term partner Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The royal mother gushed to reporters while attending a gala last week about her future son-in-law. 

Fergie also went on to push back on a popular rumours about where the couple’s nuptials will take place. 

Edoardo romantically proposed to his royal girlfriend while holidaying on the Amalfi Coast last month, and given he himself is Italian, experts and reports have suggested the pair will also say “I do” there as well. 

Speculation began before the engagement was publicly announced, after a selfie of Fergie taken while visiting an Italian villa  - which is a popular wedding venue - went viral. 

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However when the Duchess was asked if the couple were planning to tie the knot in Italy, she vehemently denied any rumours. 

"It can only be Britain, and anyway don't believe what you read," she said on the British Film Institute Luminous Gala red carpet, per The Express.

One royal expert believes they know the main reason as to why Beatrice would only wed in Britain, and it is a simple explanation. 

"I think in her heart Beatrice would like to be married in Italy, where Edo's from, but there's no way the Queen will fly to Europe for the wedding," Ingrid Seward told OK! Magazine.

The Duchess of York spoke of eldest daughter, saying: "It's just extraordinary, she's just such a beauty and to see her eyes shining..."

Beatrice's wedding, to be held in 2020, will be the second for the York family and is expected to be one of the last in the royal family for a number of years. 

"The likelihood is that Beatrice's wedding, which will probably be the last high-profile royal nuptials for many years, will also be at St George's Chapel," Richard Fitzwilliams told The Express.

Experts also note the eldest York daughter’s more reserved personality means her wedding will be unlike her younger sibling’s, who had a guest list of roughly 850 people. 

"[Beatrice] holds back more, she is very polite, very well-educated but more formal and quiet in her personality, so I think it will be a very different wedding to Eugenie's."

While we don’t know many details regarding the next royal wedding, we do know the ceremony will take place next year and more details will emerge in the coming months. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Beatrice with her family.