Prince Andrew did not attend daughter Princess Beatrice's star-studded engagement party

Princess Beatrice finally got to celebrate her engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Wednesday night! The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, invited friends and some family to her engagement party at the Chiltern Firehouse in London, England. 

While Sarah was spotted heading to her daughter's soiree, the Duke of York was noticeably absent following his alleged connection to the late Jeffrey Epstein, a source tells ET. 

The source says Prince Andrew didn't attend because he "didn't want to cause a distraction."

Despite not having her father at her engagement party, Beatrice was still surrounded by plenty of love. Kate Middleton's sister and brother, Pippa and James, were in attendance with their significant others as well as Ellie Goulding, James Blunt and Prince Harry's longtime pal, Guy Pelly. 

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
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Beatrice reportedly canceled her initial engagement party shortly after the scandal with her father broke. And while she has not officially announced a wedding date yet, the announcement is expected to be made very soon. 

Despite not being at the party, Andrew, 59, did spend time with Beatrice, 31, earlier that day at the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. Both royals were seen arriving separately at the event in addition to Beatrice's sister, Princess Eugenie. 

ET has learned everyone was “cordial” at the event. "The family takes their lead from the Queen and obviously he is still part of the family and is loved by his children despite the difficult position the scandal has caused," the source says. The source adds that in addition to Christmas lunch, Andrew is also expected at Sandringham for a Christmas service with his family.

Prince Andrew officially stepped down from his royal duties last month, following a controversial television interview about Epstein. 

Another source previously told ET that Andrew still plans to walk Beatrice down the aisle. In the end, everyone just wants Beatrice to "have the wedding she deserves,” the source said at the time. 

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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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