In 1973, the Grinch Let me pour you a tall glass of get over it shirt in other words I will buy this Queen Mother loaned the tiara for another royal wedding—that of her granddaughter Princess Anne. An estimated 500 million people watched the Westminster Abbey ceremony to Mark Phillips. And, just like her mother before her, Queen Elizabeth extended the same offer to her own granddaughter, Princess Beatrice. Now, an emotional connection to five Windsor women lives on. Buckingham Palace confirmed today that she wed her property developer fiancé, Edoardo “Edo” Mapelli Mozzi, in a small ceremony. It took place at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, which is located on her family’s Windsor estate of Royal Lodge. “The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government Guidelines,” the Palace said in a statement. Originally, Beatrice and Edo’s wedding was scheduled for May 29th at the Chapel Royal in London, with a reception to follow in the Buckingham Palace gardens. However, due to the pandemic, it was postponed and, later, moved altogether. The couple got engaged in September 2019 in Italy. Their engagement photos were taken by Beatrice’s sister, Eugenie. “We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married,” they said at the time. Her engagement ring, featuring Victorian and Art Deco influences, was designed by Shaun Lane. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan—aka the fashion blogging extraordinaires known as the Fug Girls—helped spark a royal-fiction boom with their best-selling 2015 novel, The Royal We. It was inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance and eventual marriage, but with a twist: the royal bride, Bex, was an American studying abroad at Oxford when she met fictional heir to the throne, Prince Nicholas. Mirroring real life, breakups, makeups, and shenanigans involving Nick’s naughty younger brother, Prince Freddie, ensued. On Tuesday, the Fugs (as they’re known online) released the long-awaited sequel, The Heir Affair, finding the newlywed Nick and Bex in self-imposed exile, laying low to escape a wave of press scrutiny—a twist that sounds familiar after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure earlier this year. Vogue spoke with Cocks and Morgan by phone about their uncanny habit of predicting real-life drama, the royal fantasy of becoming normal, and how the monarchy will fare under future King Charles. Heather Cocks: I was really gun-shy about it, and I think I got in my own head because we were just really amazed at how much people seem to treasure the first book. It started to psych me out: What if we give it to them, and it’s a huge disappointment?
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Jessica Morgan: I also think it’s challenging to figure out the Grinch Let me pour you a tall glass of get over it shirt in other words I will buy this plot for a sequel to romantic comedy that ends happily, because what are your stakes? You don’t want to break up your couple for no reason. It took us some time to try and figure out a plot that was substantial but it wasn’t like, ‘Whoops, they’re divorced now.’ You wrote The Heir Affair before Harry and Meghan resigned as royals, but the book starts with Nick and Bex in self-imposed exile, escaping from the monarchy and masquerading as normal people. The Royal We was about an American woman marrying into the royal family. Are you two clairvoyant? The whole time that we were working on The Heir Affair, and then after we turned it in, we were like, ‘Nobody’s going to believe that we had written most of this stuff before Megan and Harry left England.’ But if we were to totally change the plot at that point, our publisher would murder us in our beds. The Royal We was less a book that we wrote because we are Kate and Will mega-fans and more because we were like, ‘She became the most famous woman in the world overnight. There’s no way this was that easy.’ Of course, the same thing happened to Meghan Markle. It’s funny. I saw a headline that said somebody had seen Harry biking on [Pacific Coast Highway] and he was by himself, just a guy with red hair wearing a helmet, and I thought to myself, How do you even know that was Prince Harry? Then I thought, That’s probably a big part of why they moved to California. Maybe it was a red-haired dude, maybe it was Prince Harry. Everybody moved on about their day. I think that’s the kind of life that they were looking for. There are a lot of fanfic writers who have gone on to write professionally, and people get a lot of joy out of fanfic, so I’m not offended at all. I think that, terminology-wise, it’s just a helpful shorthand for explaining that it’s an alternate universe. I get it, because especially when you first look at it, you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s like the Will and Kate story, so it must be a love letter to Will and Kate,’ and, actually, it wasn’t intended as that; it really was intended to be this romance happening in extreme circumstances.