Prince Andrew still planning to walk daughter Princess Beatrice down the aisle despite Jeffrey Epstein scandal

Prince Andrew will be there to walk Princess Beatrice down the aisle, a source tells ET.

The son of Queen Elizabeth II has recently been at the center of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, which led him to step down from public life and his royal duties. 

A source tells ET that the royal family is publicly putting on a “brave face” with regard to the Epstein controversy and Prince Andrew's alleged affiliation with him. 

“They love him; he’s family,” the source explains, adding that privately they are “very disappointed” in his behavior. Despite the scandal, the source says the 59-year-old Duke of York is still planning to escort Beatrice to the altar, and is “utterly devoted” to her and his other daughter, Princess Eugenie.

The source notes that details of the upcoming wedding remain up in the air because the family wants to insulate Beatrice from as much of the Andrew fallout as possible. It's expected that further details will be disclosed about the nuptials after the first of the year and that several wedding venues have been explored. Everyone just wants Beatrice to "have the wedding she deserves,” the source says.

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Princess Beatrice of York (L) and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi seen on a night out at 34 restaurant on April 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Princess Beatrice of York (R) and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi seen on a night out at 34 restaurant on April 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Princess Beatrice of York (L) and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi seen on a night out at 34 restaurant on April 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice seen on a night out leaving Annabel's on March 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend The Portrait Gala 2019 hosted by Dr Nicholas Cullinan and Edward Enninful to raise funds for the National Portrait Gallery's 'Inspiring People' project at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice seen on a night out leaving Annabel's on March 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend The Portrait Gala 2019 hosted by Dr Nicholas Cullinan and Edward Enninful to raise funds for the National Portrait Gallery's 'Inspiring People' project at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Portrait Gala 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Portrait Gala 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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As for Princess Eugenie, the source says Beatrice's sister has been by her side offering support. As royal fans may recall, Andrew walked Eugenie down the aisle in October 2018 when she married Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle. 

Beatrice got engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi earlier this year, and while there have been multiple reports that she plans to wed in 2020, another source previously told ET that she has yet to set a wedding date. 

"Everyone right now is concerned about Bea," the source said at the time. "Poor Bea. She deserves to have the wedding she wants and the public is going to go nuts [because of her father]."

According to multiple reports, Beatrice previously canceled her engagement party following the fallout from Andrew's televised interview on the Epstein scandal and his subsequent announcement that he was stepping down from public duties. 

Amid the fallout, Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, spoke out in defense of him to Vogue Arabia.

"When I talk about Prince Andrew, I talk about family because the last six months have been hard on the girls and me. To see such a wonderful man go through such enormous pain," she said, alluding to the drama. "He is the best man I know. It’s just incredible what he has done for Britain, and it’s all nonsense."

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and wave at their wedding on July 23, 1986 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Library file, dated 23.7.86. Mrs Susan Barrantes (far left), mother of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, joins her daughter on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following her marriage to the Duke of York, Prince Andrew: Mrs Barrantes, the former wife of the Duchess's father Major Ronald Ferguson, has died in a car crash in Argentina. See PA story DEATH Barrantes. /PA **AVAILABLE B/W ONLY** (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York kiss each other after their wedding, London, England, July 23, 1986. Among those with them is best man (and brother of the groom) Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (right). (Photo by Derek Hudson/Getty Images)
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York kiss each other after their wedding, London, England, July 23, 1986. Among those with them on the balcony are Sarah's mother, Susan Barrantes (1937 - 1998) (left, in yellow), Peter Philips (bottom left), best man (and brother of the groom) Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (right rear), Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) (right), and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (far right). (Photo by Derek Hudson/Getty Images)
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York wave to well-wishers after their wedding, London, England, July 23, 1986. (Photo by Derek Hudson/Getty Images)
London July 23, 1986 Princess Diana and Prince Charles at wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson at the Various in Various, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Library file 6464-20, dated 23.7.86. Mrs Susan Barrantes (far left), mother of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, joins her daughter on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following her marriage to the Duke of York, Prince Andrew: Mrs Barrantes, the former wife of the Duchess's father Major Ronald Ferguson, has died in a car crash in Argentina. See PA story DEATH Barrantes. /PA (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
Elevated view inside Westminster Abbey during the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, London, England, July 23, 1986. (Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
Sarah Ferguson et d'Andrew d'York dans une calèche après leur mariage le 23 juillet 1986 à Londres au Royaume-Uni. (Photo by Pool MARIAGE PRINCE ANDREW/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson. The Duke and Duchess of York wave to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew kisses his bride Sarah Ferguson on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Andrew kisses his bride Sarah Ferguson on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of York (formerly Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson) smile happily during their carriage procession after their wedding at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of York leave Westminster Abbey after their marriage. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The newlywed Duke and Duchess of York, with (b. row-L) Prince Edward. Children; Alice Ferguson, Lady Posanagh Innes-Ker. Seated children l-r: Andrew Ferguson, Seamus Makim, Peter Phillips, Prince William and Laura Fellowes. (Foreground) Zara Phillips. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, The Duke and Duchess of York . (Photo by Mirror Syndication International/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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