“We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together,” the couple said in a statement.
“We share so many similar interests and values, and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”
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No official date was announced, but it was said that Beatrice, 31, and financier Edoardo, 37, would tie the knot in the UK spring.
It was wonderful news for the couple, but equally joyous for the rest of the royal family.
Not just because weddings are happy occasions – but because the announcement served as a great distraction from what had so far been, quite frankly, a car crash of a year.
First, in January, Prince Phillip, 97, had a literal car crash, overturning his vehicle after a collision with another car just outside the Sandringham Estate.
The two women who’d been travelling in the other vehicle were taken to hospital with minor injuries. (A nine-month-old baby who was with them was mercifully unhurt.)
There was also the rumoured rift between brothers, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the Queen being dragged into a constitutional crisis by British PM, Boris Johnson, who asked her to suspend Parliament for five weeks, cutting time to block a no-deal Brexit.
Then, right around the time of the engagement news, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, decided to wage war on the tabloid press, taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company after they published a private letter from Meghan’s father.
Following the announcement, Prince Harry launched a scathing attack on the tabloid press, likening their treatment of his wife to that of his mother, Princess Diana.
“Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself,” he said.
But while Princess Beatrice’s engagement might have served as a temporary placeholder headline, there was another royal scandal brewing that it simply couldn’t detract from.
Her father, Prince Andrew’s alleged association with now-deceased paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, as well as sexual assault allegations made against him.