When Princess Beatrice split from her boyfriend Dave Clark in 2016 after almost a decade of dating, many wondered if the 31-year-old would find love again. She did, and it was a man she’s actually known for a long time.
Now, Princess Beatrice is engaged, and everyone wants to know more about the royal’s new fiance: Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Who exactly is 34-year-old Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi? That’s the question of the hour, for sure, and what better way to learn more about him than rounding up some of the most interesting tidbits about the man soon to marry into the royal family?
How Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi knows Princess Beatrice
Mozzi’s stepfather, Christopher Shale, who died in 2011, was close to former prime minister David Cameron, as is Princess Beatrice’s parents. As such, the princess knew Mozzi through that relationship and even attended Shale’s funeral. Princess Beatrice’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, also worked for Shale before she married Prince Andrew. So it is safe to say the two families have known each other for quite a while.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s relationship timeline
Although Princess Beatrice and Mozzi started dating in the fall of 2018, it wasn’t until March 2019 that they first appeared in public as a couple when they attended an elegant gala at the National Portrait Gallery with Kate Middleton. Later that same month, they were seen in New York City holding hands.
Afterward, they spent time with Princess Beatrice’s parents, Ferguson and Prince Andrew, in the Middle East for some family time. They attended a royal wedding in May. In June, the went on a double date in London with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Later, they attended the Colonel’s Review at Horse Guards Parade — an event that Prince Andrew had an important role in and that takes place ahead of Trooping the Colour.
One of Mozzi’s first official royal events also took place that June, when he showed his support for Prince Andrew’s [email protected] campaign. In August, they attended a close friend’s wedding, and in September, they announced their engagement to the world.
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s family
Mozzi comes from an Italian and British bloodline. His father is Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, although he only goes by that title in Italy. This explains why it isn’t used on the official engagement announcement.
Mozzi is a former Olympian, competing for Britain in skiing events during the 1972 Winter Olympics. His mother is Nikki Shale: She was nominated for a royal honor, an MBE award, in 2016 by David Cameron.
In their official statement following the engagement announcement, his parents shared, in part: “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.”
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s past relationship
Not only did Mozzi have a previous long-term relationship before Princess Beatrice, but he also has a son. In 2016, Christopher Woolf Mapelli Mozzi was born to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Dara Huang, an American architect and designer.
They split a few months before Mozzi started dating Princess Beatrice, but everyone seems to be getting along, and Huang even wished them well in an interview with the Daily Mail: “I wish the best for Edo and Beatrice and look forward to uniting our families.”
Now, a royal stepchild will be in the mix.
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi isn’t marrying Princess Beatrice for money
Mozzi doesn’t need the royal family’s money. He’s got enough of his own and is reportedly a multi-millionaire in his own right. He founded Banda in 2007, a real estate firm that finds and develops homes for the wealthy. He even proposed with a $100,000 ring, so he must be doing well.
Although sometimes he gets a bad boy rap, like his stunt at a 2014 wedding he attended in Italy, he has a big heart. After his stepfather’s death, Mozzi carried on his dreams in his memory by founding Cricket Builds Hope (CBH), an organization that teaches Rwandans how to play cricket. It is rooted in the foundation that Shale founded, the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, that saw the country’s first grass cricket ground established. Shale wanted to expand it, and CBH was a way to do so.
While it’s nice to learn a little about Princess Beatrice’s fiance, we can’t wait for the next royal wedding! It’s coming up in 2020, and we’ll be sure to be watching along with the rest of the world when Princess Beatrice and Mozzi say their “I Dos.”