CORONAVIRUS “casts doubt” over Prince Beatrice’s wedding as her Italian fiance’s family may not be able to fly to the UK.
The young royal, 31, may have to wait to tie the knot to beau Edo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, as he faces a battle to get his folks a flight over from Italy.
Edo was born and raised in England but has family ties to Bergamo, a city north of Milan, and holds dual British and Italian citizenship.
Northern Italy has become the European epicentre for the deadly bug outbreak with the government placing the whole country on lockdown – as the number of cases soars to 10,149.
The Queen has given permission for Beatrice to hold her big day in the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace on May 29, with a private reception at Buckingham Palace.
But now that could all be in jeopardy, with more than half of Europe’s 18,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus being diagnosed in Italy – causing planes to be grounded and public life halted.
A royal insider told the Daily Telegraph: “The coronavirus has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works.
There is no suggestion that Italy will remain in lock down until the end of May, obviously, the whole thing does cast doubt over the guest list.
“Although there is no suggestion that Italy will remain in lock down until the end of May, obviously, the whole thing does cast doubt over the guest list.”
They also suggested that Edo’s stag do could now be affected, but a date has not been revealed for that yet.
More than 4,000 people have been killed by coronavirus worldwide with the UK death toll at six.
The illness is particularly lethal to the elderly and it is now suspected that the outbreak could wreak havoc with the wedding’s guest list.
The Queen, 93, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, are both unlikely to attend if the deadly bug spirals out of control in the UK like it has in Italy.
Prince Phillip spent four days in hospital over Christmas and is now believed to be spending his days reading, rather than keeping up with a busy royal schedule.
Royal author Phil Dampier said: "The Queen is soldiering on and at moment there are no plans to cancel any of the garden parties planned for the summer – but if the coronavirus gets worse, I can’t imagine the palace powers-that-be will want her meeting and greeting thousands of people. Not at her age.”
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