Princess Beatrice announced her pregnancy on Harry and Meghan’s wedding anniversary

Welcome to the petty Olympics!!!

This morning, the British Royal Family social media accounts announced the news that Princess Beatrice of York is expecting a baby with her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Here is the quick briefing note on their relationship:

  • Princess Beatrice is the daughter of two of the Worst British Royals, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew. But we can’t judge her based on who her parents are, as she didn’t choose them.
  • Edoardo (Edo) Mapelli Mozzi is a British/Italian entrepreneur. He is also a member of an Italian noble family and is a Count. As in, Count Edoardo.
  • Edo has a child with another woman from a previous relationship. The mother of Edo’s first child, an American architect, has an amicable relationship with her ex and Beatrice. Beatrice is Edo’s first child’s stepmother.
  • Beatrice and Edo married last July in a socially distanced wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of Royal Lodge, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s estate. Because Andrew and Sarah are toxic in terms of PR, there were no photos released that included Beatrice’s parents at the wedding.
  • However, as a sign of solidarity to both Beatrice and Andrew and Sarah (Andrew is far and away the Queen’s favourite child), the wedding was attended by Her Majesty and the late Prince Philip. Additionally, Beatrice’s wedding gown was actually a gown that the Queen has owned since the 1960s (she wore it to a movie premiere in 1962). The dress was loaned to Beatrice by the Queen (with alterations made to add cap sleeves).

But this is where things get fun. Let’s go back to October 2018. Princess Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, is marrying Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle. It’s very nice, but there is a tension in the air because ALLEGEDLY Eugenie is wearing a tiara, loaned to her from the Queen, that Meghan desperately wanted to wear at HER wedding at Windsor Castle some five months before. She was told that because of the possible negative provenance of the gems in the tiara and its connection to Russia, that she couldn’t (allegedly). Or maybe it’s that Princess Eugenie had already called dibs. This tiara tension is what led to Harry infamously saying “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.” Incredible. Someone please embroider that on a cushion for me.

SO! Knowing that there had been this minor issue with the tiara, Meghan and Harry attended Eugenie and Jack’s wedding. They looked nice.

But THEN, at the wedding reception, Harry and Meghan decided to tell the entire family that they were expecting their first child. It’s like proposing at someone else’s wedding. It’s poor form! You can’t do that! And you especially can’t do that at a British royal wedding. ALLEGEDLY, the Yorks (Andrew, Sarah, Eugenie, Beatrice) were pissed. Harry and Meghan had totally upstaged Eugenie’s wedding day by sharing this news, possibly because of a feud over a tiara.

So what makes this announcement of Beatrice’s pregnancy extra fun is that she chose to release it on Harry and Meghan’s third wedding anniversary. L.O.L. The level of shade here is exquisite. And if Harry and Meghan wanted to complain about it (though I doubt they’re speaking to anyone at Buckingham Palace anyway), the perfect answer from Beatrice would be to say, “But we thought that your May 19 wedding was just for the public and that you were married privately on May 16.”

This story is the perfect mid-week mood booster. I hope you got as much enjoyment out of it as I did/am.

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12 thoughts on “Princess Beatrice announced her pregnancy on Harry and Meghan’s wedding anniversary

  1. The karma is delicious. (though, supposedly, it was a different tiara with an emerald, but I do prefer the more tantalizing story of it being the same one.)
    AND the Palace announced Will & Kate’s upcoming tour of Scotland today! A one-two punch.

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  2. 👑🧐
    RA,
    When I heard that Princess Beatrice was pregnant & that the announcement was made today, I immediately thought that she was seeking revenge for her sister, Princess Eugenie & her husband, Jack Brooksbank.

    Something tells me that both sisters — & Kate – have learned to play the long game in seeking payback. I think these are skills they probably learned in school & in their social circle. I enjoyed your summary of today’s announcement & how H&M potentially can’t complain (POTENTIALLY as they have found many excuses to whinge).

    As to the one of the rumored origins of the Tiaragate Feud, have you ever read The Court Jeweller (thecourtjeweller.com)? Ella Kay, the writer & creator, is incredibly knowledgeable about royal jewels, & she summarized the events — The Court Jeweller’s Tackling Tiaragate (sorry, the link would not post).

    With her knowledge of the British jewel box, she points outs that there may be another emerald tiara involved. Queen Mary purchased lots (LOTS!) of jewels, including pieces from fleeing Russian royals & aristocrats. One of these could be the tiara M wanted. 🤷‍♀‍ It also appears M was not very nice to the queen’s close confident & personal dresser, Angela Kelly.

    Again, enjoy the analysis! Looking forward to your thoughts on the Cambridges’ announced trip to Scotland (so soon after the SNP were reëlected, & are calling for a referendum on Scottish independence.).

    🌞,
    L

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  3. When I heard that Princess Beatrice was pregnant & that the announcement was made today, I immediately thought that she was seeking revenge for her sister, Princess Eugenie & her husband, Jack Brooksbank. Something tells me that both sisters — & Kate – have learned to be patient in seeking payback. I enjoyed your summary of today’s announcement & how H&M potentially can’t complain (POTENTIALLY, as they have found many excuses to whinge).

    As to the one of the rumored origins of the feud, Tiaragate, have you ever read the site, The Court Jeweller (thecourtjeweller.com? Ella Kay, the founders, is incredibly knowledgeable about royal jewels, & she summarized the events in her post, Tackling Tiaragate.

    With her knowledge of the British jewel box, she points outs that there may be another emerald tiara involved. Queen Mary purchased lots (LOTS!) of jewels, including pieces from fleeing Russian royals & aristocrats. One of these could be the tiara M wanted. 🤷‍♀‍ It also seems M was not very nice to the queen’s close confidant & personal dresser, Angela Kelly.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on the Cambridges’ trip to Scotland (especially so soon after the SNP were reëlected, & are calling for a referendum on Scottish independence).
    L

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  4. Hi, I have to say it, Tiaragate is so head-spinning!. There are different versions of why Tiaragate and the phrase “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets” happened. You gave one of those versions, which like the other commentator said, is that M wanted a tiara with emeralds and was denied because there are doubts about the tiara or emeralds links and their provenance, since they possibly came from zarist Rusia just around or after the October / November 1917 bolchevique (communist) part of the Rusian revolution. Many thought the emerald tiara in question was the Greville tiara princess Eugenie wore, however the problem with that version is that the Greville tiara was commissioned around 1919 I think by Lady Greville (don’t know the first name) who amassed an impressive jewelry collection through her life, but later on didn’t have heirs that could inherit it (I don’t know if this Lady in question ever married or why she didn’t have children). So when she died between 1939 and the early 1940s (I can’t remember the exact year, sorry), she instructed in her testament that her jewelry collection should be given to the BRF, specifically the then Queen Consort Elizabeth (neè Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon), later known as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and mom of current Queen regnant Elizabeth II. That’s why the tiara looks so new and nobody in the family had worn it before, but this doesn’t match the story about the Russian tiara / tiara with Russian emeralds of dubious provenance. So it could be that M was denied a different emerald tiara we don’t know about (QEII grandmother Queen Consort Mary of Teck was known for significantly increasing the BRF jewelry collection and she did acquire jewels that came from Russia like a Vladimir tiara QEII is very fond of and also can be used with either emeralds, pearls or without them, so it woudn’t be odd if Queen Mary acquired a Russian tiara that now the family doesn’t dare to wear in public). Like you said, the other thing that could have happened is that there wasn’t anything Russian-related and M wanted the Greville emerald tiara and was denied because it had been promised to princess Eugenie who knows how many years ago (I think when princess Beatrice married it was said it had been planned long ago she would wear the tiara she wore, that is the same one QEII wore when she married Prince Phillip). Both of these possibilities match the Tiaragate version where QEII scolded H in person after he went off on Angela Kelly and / or other aides with profanity included, and the Queen allegedly told him that “Meghan doesn’t get whatever she wants, she gets the tiara that she’s given by me”.

    The other versions of Tiaragate state that the problem was never the tiara (I think that was the Finding Freedom version where it was said the Queen Mary bandeau tiara M wore at her wedding was always her first choice), but that the problem was that her hairdresser (from her acting days) came to London, they decided to have a hair and makeup test, she asked / demanded the tiara right away without prior notice, and Angela Kelly who is also in charge of the custody of these jewels said she was very sorry but this is not how this work because you have to aks these jewels beforehand, there are very valuable and have to be transported from one place to another, etc., so they can’t be produced in a beck and call way. In this version apparently H didn’t know the Palace bureaucracy, because allegedly he felt Ms. Kelly was “dragging her feet” on purpose on everything M related (and thought other aides were out to get M too), so he yelled at Angela Kelly including the famouse phrase and Ms. Kelly told the Queen who put H in his place. There is a version where H also called the Queen all upset and told her about Ms. Kelly dragging her feet but I think that version is not given much credibility. This overall version of the tiara and the hair test doesn’t match that well with the Queen saying M gets whatever tiara she gives M, but who knows which version will prevail.

    Going back to princess Eugenie’s wedding, whether M did what she did because she wanted to get revenge on Eugenie over the tiara issue, or whether it wasn’t related at all to the tiara and it was just M wanting to be the center of attention, what is now clear is that it must have happened, M announced her pregnancy with Archie to the family that day stealing Eugenie’s thunder, Sarah, Eugenie and their family were furious, and it’s said H was mortified by this. I think that what princess Beatrice and the BRF did today proves this happened, because so far the beef H and M have with members of the BRF has been directed at Charles, William, Kate and now to a degree to the Queen and late prince Phillip (plus some unknown alleged racist royal), but there was no direct attack towards the Yorks, so Beatrice had no reason to do this shade and risk future direct attacks from H and M unless there had been a prior offense from them towards her or her direct family (I know the alleged racist royal is an attack to the whole BRF but still, it feels like Beatrice wouldn’t have risked it just because of that, specially considering the issues with her dad). So I think M did steal Eugenie’s thunder and the timing of today’s announcement is payback for that, and me and other feel this was necessary.

    Some people online still don’t want to believe M stole Eugenie’s thunder or that this shade was justified though. But we also have to bear in mind there have been plenty of moments where M or H and M have stolen attention from appearances and announcements of BRF members, so somebody was going to hit back eventually. And since H is so repulsed by royal life, the family has to continue with their agenda without taking him and the wife into consideration (there was no wedding anniversary congratulation btw, and this annoucement and others made today achieved their purpose a little because I didn’t see people notice the omission that much). Case in point, Kate went to the Victoria and Albert musseum (looked great overall though I think her dress divided fans), the cause of death for the Queen’s puppy that died last weekend was revealed (poor Fergus like his namesake died young, in his case it was heart failure), and William announced he’s going to Scotland on the 21 and Kate will join him on the 24. So overall, the family seems to be moving on, as they should.

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  5. Princess Beatrice, well done 😘👏 and congratulations.

    I read that Sunshine Sachs was asked about the Royal social media ignoring the Sussex anniversary. They responded with “no comment.” 🤣

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  6. GREAT POST!!!
    One thing to add here. Any thoughts on the story that Eugenie and Jack had to postpone their engagement and wedding for H&M? I’ve seen this story in a few places.

    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a23384923/princess-eugenie-delayed-engagement/

    E&J were apparently slated to be married in the spring of 2018 at Windsor, but had to postpone to the fall for H&M since Harry is ranked higher.

    Also, H&M must have told the Queen and Charles she was pregnant pre-wedding, they were both about to leave for a royal tour and the announcement was made right before (but post wedding.) It seems the biggest issue is that Meghan wore a dress to the Eugenie’s wedding that a had a maternity vibe so the press started talking immediately and stole their thunder.

    But my money is the postponement of Eugenie’s wedding started the bad blood….

    Love, love this blog. Great analysis on all topics!!

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