Princess Beatrice is planning a low-key wedding following criticism over the cost of her sister Eugenie’s lavish Windsor Castle ceremony.
It is believed Prince Andrew’s elder daughter, 31, wants none of the pomp and ceremony typically associated with a royal wedding when she marries property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
While her father battles claims made by victims of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, Beatrice has reportedly opted not to have a carriage ride and castle reception.
Instead she and her fiance are thought to be ready to hire a venue themselves rather than depend on one of the Royal Family’s residences.
Beatrice’s decision comes after the Mirror revealed that
the police bill alone for Eugenie’s Windsor wedding to Jack Brooksbank last year reached £2million.
Many were infuriated by what was seen as a waste of public funds so soon after Prince Harry and Meghan’s marriage.
As she is now ninth in line to the throne since the birth of Prince Harry’s son Archie in May, Beatrice is believed to be less restrained by royal protocol.
She did not have to ask the Queen for permission to marry 34-year-old Italian Edoardo, who has a two-year-old son, Wolfie, from his previous relationship.
Beatrice, who has known Edoardo for several years, is said to have begun dating him after meeting him again at Eugenie’s wedding in October last year.
They moved in together earlier this year.
Edoardo is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi. He was educated at prestigious Radley College in Oxfordshire, before studying for a master’s in politics at Edinburgh.
The couple announced their engagement last month with a series of photos taken in the grounds of Windsor Great Park.
It has been reported that Beatrice is also considering holding the reception in a marquee at her parents’ home, the Royal Lodge at Windsor.
Graham Smith, of campaign group Republic, was sceptical about the news.
He said: “I imagine that the public anger that came out because of the cost of Eugenie’s wedding may have made them think twice.
“Even if this is a step in the right direction I am sure the wedding will end up costing the public something.
“This should not be seen as a saving.”