January 30, 2023


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Princess Beatrice’s Husband Is an Italian Real Estate Tycoon

Princess Beatrice’s Husband Is an Italian Real Estate Tycoon

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Photo credit: David M. Benett – Getty Images

From Harper’s BAZAAR

  • Princess Beatrice is now married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, an entrepreneur known simply as “Edo” to his close friends.

  • People describes Mozzi as a “multi-millionaire property tycoon.”

  • The couple announced their engagement in September 2019 and wed in July 2020 in a hush-hush ceremony.

Princess Beatrice has tied the knot! The older sister of Princess Eugenie secretly wed her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in Windsor on July 17. The news comes less than a year after the couple first announced their engagement.

Rumors about Beatrice’s relationship with Mozzi, whom she calls “Edo,” broke back in November 2018, but the couple went public with their relationship at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual gala in March 2019. Before that, Beatrice had apparently been single since 2016, following a split from longterm boyfriend Dave Clark, whom she dated for almost ten years.

Here’s what we know about the latest spouse to join the royal family.

They’ve known each other for a long time.

In the couple’s engagement announcement, Mozzi’s parents, Nikki Williams-Ellis and Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, said “Our family has known Beatrice for most of her life. Edo and Beatrice are made for each other, and their happiness and love for each other is there for all to see. They share an incredibly strong and united bond, their marriage will only strengthen what is already a wonderful relationship.”

People reported in November that Beatrice moved in the same circles as Mozzi for years, and because their families are friends, the new couple “didn’t need to go through a formal introduction to each other’s parents.”

Mozzi’s late stepfather, Christopher Shale, was close friends with Prince Andrew and Duchess Sarah, according to the Evening Standard. He was also close friends with former British Prime Minister David Cameron, per The Telegraph, and died of a heart attack while at Glastonbury music festival in 2011.

They made their first public appearance together in March.

Mozzi and the princess officially went public with a joint appearance at a gala at London’s National Portrait Gallery on March 12.

Princess Beatrice was seen wearing a deep red velvet dress with tights and platform heels, while her man looked dapper in a tux and bow tie.

Photo credit: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock

He’s a successful multi-millionaire who started his own business.

People reports that Mozzi’s a “multi-millionaire property tycoon,” and according to his Instagram account, he describes himself as a “UK real estate specialist” who “[creates] value through acquisitions, asset management, planning and development.” He’s CEO of Banda Property, a property development company.

According to Private Air magazine, in Mozzi’s business, “one-time nightclubs are transformed into ultra-luxury dwellings,” which sounds like an exceedingly useful skill to have.

Beatrice and his friends call him “Edo.”

Is Edo the best nickname of all time? Quite possibly.

He has a son called Wolfie.

According to USA Today, Mozzi young son named Wolfie with Dara Huang, an American architect and designer with whom he was previously in a relationship. Prior to the wedding, there were reports that Mozzi asked the three-year-old to be his best man.

Beatrice and Mozzi hav made several high-profile and low-key appearances together.

Mozzi and Beatrice attended Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding together in May and Prince Andrew’s annual [email protected] event at St. James Palace in June. They even went on a double date with Eugenie and Brooksbank.

Photo credit: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock

Mozzi and Princess Beatrice got engaged in Italy.

Mozzi popped the question during a weekend trip with Beatrice in his home country in September 2019.

In a joint statement, the couple said of their engagement, “We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”

He announced his engagement on Instagram.

“You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home. Hand in hand, today, tomorrow and forever,” he wrote.

He designed Beatrice’s engagement ring with London-based jewelry designer Shaun Leane.

Photo credit: PA Images
Photo credit: PA Images

Mozzi worked with British designer Shaune Leane to craft Beatrice’s Victorian- and Art Deco-inspired diamond ring. “Being able to incorporate both Edoardo and Princess Beatrice’s characters into the design has resulted in a unique ring that represents their love and lives entwining,” Leane said in a statement.

He and Beatrice secretly married.

Their royal wedding was originally scheduled for May 29, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the couple canceled their big, flourishing ceremony. However, they quietly tied the knot months later on July 17 at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor. Only about 20 people were in attendance, and the guests were mostly close family including the queen, Prince Philip, and the bride’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York.

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