Princess Beatrice Opts Out Engagement Party to Protect Prince Andrew Amid Scandal
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This arrives after Prince Andrew announces his decision to step down from royal duties following backlash over his association with convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein.

AceShowbiz - Prince Andrew's scandal has affected Princess Beatrice's plan to throw a party for her engagement to fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. According to a new report, the 31-year-old princess has canceled the party nearly four weeks after her father decided to step down from royal duties.

The bash was initially scheduled to be held at Chiltern Firehouse in London on December 18. However, The Mail on Sunday reported that Beatrice and Edoardo, who proposed to the royal in September, has now opted for a small gathering at a friend's apartment instead.

According to a source, the decision was made to protect Prince Andrew from paparazzi following backlash over his association with convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein. "Bea has had to change the date of her engagement party at the Chiltern Firehouse because of fears there will be too many photographers outside -- looking for him [Prince Andrew]," the insider revealed to the publication.

"But the venue choice caused alarm among pals concerned it was far too high-profile given the sensitive time her family is going through," added the source.

On November 20, Prince Andrew announced his decision to take a step back from his royal obligations amid the scandal. "It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstance relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has became a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support," he said in a statement. "Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission."

It was reported that Beatrice and her sister, Princess Eugenie, were "really upset" at their father over the scandal. "They believe their dad made a huge mistake in judgment ever being associated to Jeffrey Epstein," a source previously claimed. "The girls are leaning on each other and are being really supportive of their dad and also understand that this is something that is going to change how he is able to perform his duties moving forward. They understand the forever consequences of it."

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