'Never has a mother been more proud': Sarah Ferguson breaks silence after Princess Beatrice's wedding

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
Sarah and Beatrice at Eugenie's wedding in October 2018. (Getty Images)

Sarah Ferguson has spoken of her pride after her daughter, Princess Beatrice, married in a secret ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duchess of York had only been posting about her daily storytime in recent days, but has thanked well wishes for their messages as she posted about the big day.

Writing on Instagram, she said: “Thank you to all the very special and kind people that took the time and trouble to send amazingly caring and supportive messages.

“Never has a mother been more proud than the wedding of Eugenie and Jack, and again with my Beatrice’s loving wedding to Dear Edo. I am so lucky with my girls, and now the best sons-in-law.”

The message was alongside a picture quote, which read: “Happiness cannot be travelled to, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

Beatrice married her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday, in a secret ceremony in The Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park.

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Beatrice and Mozzi with the Queen and Philip after their wedding. (Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire)

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The Queen and Prince Philip attended, as did the bride and groom’s parents and siblings.

Mozzi’s son Wolfie was his best man.

The couple released photographs of their big day over the weekend and it’s since emerged that the ceremony was planned in a short space of time by Beatrice and her mother.

None of the photographs released feature the couple’s parents. Prince Andrew had to step back from his royal duties in November over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, and the ongoing legal battle threatened to overshadow his daughter’s wedding day.

Beatrice, who was thought to be staying with Mozzi’s family in Oxfordshire, isolated with the Yorks in Windsor so that her father could walk her down the aisle.

Ferguson’s message comes after Eugenie, Beatrice’s sister, shared her own warm words for her older sister.

She wrote: “Couldn't Bea happier (get it) 🐝... ⁣

“What a complete joy and privilege to watch you, my beautiful big sister, walk down the aisle to dear Edo. I am so proud of you and I'm so excited to support you in the next chapter of your life. We are going to have so much fun together. ⁣

“Happy wedding day to you both xxxx”

Embargoed: Not for publication or onward transmission before 2200 BST Saturday July 18, 2020. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER 18th January 2021 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE. NO CROPPING. Copyright in the photograph is vested in Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Benjamin Wheeler. Publications are asked to credit the photograph to Benjamin Wheeler. No charge should be made for the supply, release or publication of the photograph. The photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form and must include all of the individuals in the photograph when published. This official wedding photograph released by the Royal Communications of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi shows them leaving The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor after their wedding. Issue date: Saturday July 18, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Beatrice. Photo credit should read: Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire.
The couple had a secret ceremony in Windsor after their plans were scuppered by coronavirus. (Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire)

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Beatrice and Mozzi have known each other for some time, but started dating after meeting again at Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018, it’s understood.

They were quickly rumoured to be preparing to walk down the aisle, and confirmed they were engaged in September last year.

They had planned to marry in London, with a reception in the Buckingham Palace gardens, but had to halt when the pandemic put the UK into lockdown.

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