Princess Eugenie is so interested in having her next wedding coincide with that of Harry and Meghan, who has invited more guests to St. George's Chapel in Windsor than the church will actually have.
The Mail on Sunday understands that Eugenie, who will marry her long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank on Friday, October 12, has invited more than 850 guests, which means additional chairs must be brought to the chapel, with a capacity of 800 people. comparison Harry and Meghan invited only 600 guests to their wedding in the same place in May.
Jack, 31, and Eugenie, 28, also want their wedding to rival Prince Harry on the front of famous guests. Among the guests are George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Robbie and Ayda Williams and artist Tracey Emin.
Princess Eugenie has invited 850 people to a chapel that only holds 800 for the October wedding
After the 11 am ceremony, the newlyweds will make a short procession of carriages to St George's Hall, where the Queen and the Duke of York will offer a traditional wedding breakfast that will be attended by all the guests. Some 400 guests have also been invited to a champagne party at the family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
Most of the Royals will be in church service and reception, although it is said that Eugenie's mother, the Duchess of York, is "terrified" of being face to face with her former father-in-law, the duke. of Edinburgh, who recovered from a hip operation in time to attend the last royal wedding. A real knower near the Duke says he wants to be there.
& # 39; He absolutely loves Eugenie. He can not stand a lot of time, which makes religious services work hard, and he can not stand Fergie, but he wants to see Eugenie married and, if he is able to be there, he will be there. It will not be easy. Philip and Sarah will be relatively close to each other and Sarah is very nervous about it. People have been giving you some friendly advice. As long as she does not overlook that day, everything should be fine. "
The Yorks are spending 100,000 pounds on a three-course dinner hosted by the luxury catering firm Bentley & # 39; s and are also paying for a marquee, complete with glass dance floor. It is said that the duke chose Bentley, which is run by Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, half brother of the late Lord Snowdon.
Novena in line Eugenie invited 250 guests more than Harry and Meghan did for the May wedding
"The wedding itself will be huge and they hope that many of the people they invited can not attend because of the capacity issue," said one source.
& # 39; The party of the night will be the party to end with everyone else. Bentley & # 39; s have made the Yorks birthday parties and rely on Peregrine for their experience and discretion. It's also very nice to have a family bond, "says the source." There are rumors that Ellie Goulding and Robbie Williams will sing. "
A Palace source said that both the bride and groom have large families to accommodate.
Andrew has been interested in protecting the status of his daughters as royal princesses, particularly in light of Prince Charles's plans for a reduced monarchy, which would not so prominently include the children of his brothers. It is believed that it is Andrew's wish that Eugenie be given a procession of carriages, such as Harry and Meghan.
This is the first time that Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson have jointly organized an event on such a scale and are very involved with planning. Sarah attended most of the planning meetings in Windsor with her daughter, while Andrew helped to organize the service, the reception and the wedding party. Fergie also turned to her friend Anouska Hempel to supervise the design of the marquee.