Prince Andrew notably absent from Princess Beatrice’s wedding photos

Nuptials of prince’s daughter overshadowed by questions surrounding his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

Samuel Osborne
Sunday 19 July 2020 11:20 BST
Buckingham Palace releases new images of Princess Beatrice’s wedding

Prince Andrew was notably absent from official photographs released from his daughter’s private family wedding.

Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday in the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, 99, attended along with the parents and siblings of the bride and groom.

The nuptials have been overshadowed by questions surrounding Andrew’s friendship with the late American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

After a disastrous Newsnight interview about his relationship with the disgraced financier, the duke stepped back from royal duties.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi leaving The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor after their wedding

He has also faced calls from US authorities to be questioned as a witness about Epstein, who died in jail in New York in August 2019 while facing sex trafficking charges.

Prince Andrew does not appear in the two wedding photos released by the palace.

One shows the couple leaving the church and the other shows them with the British monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was the first time the Queen had seen her son since the arrest of his friend Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell is charged with luring young girls for Epstein to sexually abuse. She denies all allegations.

The queen’s granddaughter and the property tycoon had originally planned to marry in May, but the coronavirus lockdown forced them to reschedule and have a low-key ceremony.

The palace said guidelines to stop the spread of Covid-19 were followed at the ceremony.

The Palace said: “No hymns were sung, but a selection of music was played. The National Anthem was played but not sung.”

Additional reporting by agencies

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