Prince Andrew Walks Daughter Down Aisle at Wedding, Not Seen in Pictures

Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom married real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi Friday. Though her father, Prince Andrew, walked her down the aisle, he was not seen in any pictures released by Buckingham Palace.

Though Beatrice and Mapelli Mozzi were originally scheduled to be wed May 29, the ceremony was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Though royal weddings are normally an outsized affair, Beatrice's ceremony was a private event at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The small size of the event led some of the British press, like The Mirror and Tatler, to deem the ceremony a "secret wedding."

Beatrice is the daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She's the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who also attended the ceremony, albeit while social distancing, according to photos released of the event.

"The couple decided to hold a small private ceremony with their parents and siblings following the postponement of their wedding in May. Working within government guidelines, the service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. The two were wed Friday in a small, private ceremony. UK Press Pool/Getty

Though Prince Andrew walked Princess Beatrice down the aisle, he does not appear in any photographs released by Buckingham Palace. The Duke of York stepped away from his royal duties in November 2019, after allegations he and his friend, disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein took part in an orgy with at least nine young women on Epstein's private island. The allegations were made by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says the orgy was the third time she had sex with Prince Andrew. Giuffre says she was 17 years old the first time she had sex with the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew has denied all allegations. While in a November interview he said that he did not regret his friendship with Epstein, later that month, the duke released a statement which included the line, "I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein."

"His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required," the statement continued continued.

The U.S. Justice Department wants to force Prince Andrew to speak under oath, but is currently treating the royal as a witness, not a suspect. However, John Schiller, Giuffre's lawyer, suggested that Andrew could be under FBI investigation "because he is accused of participating in a sex trafficking ring," according to biographer Nigel Cawthorne, in his book Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace.

"If the federal prosecutors could show reasonable suspicion, Prince Andrew could face extradition to the U.S. to face federal charges. If this ever came to pass, it would rip open the abyss for the monarchy," Cawthorne wrote.