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

Sarah Young
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The Duchess of York has broken her silence on Princess Beatrice's secret wedding, saying she has “never been more proud”.

Beatrice and property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married in a small family ceremony on Friday at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

However, the royal’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, has not publicly acknowledged the wedding until now.

On Tuesday, Ferguson shared a quote about happiness by American motivational speaker Denis Waitley on Instagram.

“Happiness cannot be travelled to, earned, worn or consumed,” the quote read.

“Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”

In the caption, the mother-of-two thanked the public for their kind messages and expressed her pride in both her daughters and their husbands.

“Thank you to all the very special and kind people that took the time and trouble to send amazingly caring and supportive messages,” she wrote.

“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.”

Ferguson continued: “I am so lucky with my girls, and now the best sons-in-law.”


The couple’s intimate ceremony was attended by a handful of friends and family, including Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

On Saturday, Buckingham Palace released the first images from the wedding, one of which showed Her Majesty and Prince Philip standing at a six-foot distance from the newlyweds.

For the ceremony, Beatrice wore a vintage gown that was borrowed from the Queen, who sported the Norman Hartnell gown on several occasions herself. Hartnell, a favourite designer of Her Majesty's, also created the Queen’s own wedding and coronation dresses.

The bride's wedding bouquet also upheld a 162-year-old royal tradition by containing sprigs of myrtle, which were carried by Princess Victoria, the eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, when she married Prince Frederick of Prussia in 1858.

The couple were originally supposed to wed in May at the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace, but the wedding was cancelled in March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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