BBC executives have rejected the opportunity to broadcast Princess Eugenie's wedding next month because they think it will be a rating flop.
I can reveal that Prince Andrew was trying to make a deal with the network to show the big day of his youngest daughter.
However, after secret encounters with the Beeb, courtiers were told that it was a 'no-go & # 39; used to be.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will marry on October 12
Prince Andrew is keen that the marriage of his daughter will receive the same attention as that of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle
Sky is also playing fragments throughout the day as part of its rolling coverage. However, I understand that ITV can come to the aid with a full coverage program.
A source tells me: & # 39; From the beginning, the instruction from the top was that the wedding of Eugenie had to be broadcast on television.
& # 39; The BBC is approached because they have a special relationship with Buckingham Palace and a formula that works.
& # 39; But they have rejected it because they think that not enough people will tune in and that there is not enough support for the Yorks.
& # 39; The feeling at the palace is that the BBC has dropped the ball. At the end of the day this will be a huge royal wedding, with all senior members of the royal family present. But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it up. & # 39;
Eugenie, 28, and her fiancée Jack Brooksbank, 32, announced their engagement in January. They later appeared on BBC1 & # 39; s The One Show to talk about the moment Jack – an ambassador for George Clooney's tequila brand – took the question during a romantic holiday in Nicaragua.
It is clear that Prince Andrew thinks his daughter should be in the spotlight the same day as Harry and Meghan, and the lack of interest from TV companies will come as a huge disappointment.
The couple, who started dating in 2010, will marry on October 12 and the princess hoped that it would be an identikit marriage with her cousin Harry.
She not only holds the ceremony at the same location – St George's Chapel in Windsor – but she has also invited a series of celebrities such as the Beckhams, George and Amal Clooney, and pop star Robbie Williams, as well as members of the public. In total there will be about 850 guests.
The security account for the event is £ 2 million, because the couple wants to make it such a spectacle. Eugenie's sister Beatrice will be her maid of honor, while Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe – the half-brother of her good friend Cressida Bonas – will perform as a DJ.
The Queen has two birthdays every year, but I hear that Prince Charles hopes to do a better job. The Prince celebrates this milestone 70th anniversary this year with three sumptuous parties.
The festivities begin with a champagne reception, dinner and private gala evening, with Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, at Buckingham Palace on October 25, which is planned by Charles's former senior servant Michael Fawcett.
Then, on his real birthday – November 14 – the queen is set up to organize an event in the state rooms of Buckingham Palace, where I understand she will give a speech to other senior Royals.
And finally, the heir to the throne will be honored with a London Palladium gala starring some of the UK's best-known magicians who will be aired on ITV in the We Are Most Amused And Amazed show.