The father of a millionaire project developer who stole the heart of Princess Beatrice: son of a ski count and an MBE mother presented after a whirlwind of 11 months
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the wedding at Lady Gabriella Windsor in May this year
The soonest new member of the royal family is a 36-year-old project developer with a toddler son from a previous relationship.
Princess Beatrice, 31, announced her engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi today, just 11 months after the couple first started dating.
Known as Edo among friends, the millionaire is credited with repairing Beatrice's broken heart after her split from Dave Clark in 2016 after 10 years together.
It is not the first time that Mapelli Mozzi has been engaged, once engaged to the glamorous Chinese-American architect Dara Huang.
The couple, who since last year still share a London home despite their divorce, share a young son named Christopher Woolf.
Beatrice, who has known Edoardo for a number of years, would have dated the millionaire after meeting him again at Eugenie's wedding in October last year.
Edoardo, the son of the former Olympic skier count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale, is a count himself and has been a friend of the Yorks for quite some time.
He studied at the prestigious Radley school in Oxfordshire before studying for a Masters in Politics in Edinburgh.
His stepfather and Nikki & # 39; s second husband were Christopher Shale, a senior Tory and a close friend of former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Edoardo the son of the former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi (in the photo in 1972)
Edoardo & # 39; s mother is Nikki Shale, whose second husband was Christopher Shale, a senior Tory and a close friend of former Prime Minister David Cameron
He died of heart disease in 2011 at the Glasonbury Festival, after he went missing for about 18 hours before being found in a closet in the VIP room.
A study subsequently discovered that he suffered from undiagnosed heart conditions due to high blood pressure.
Edo was so devoted to his stepfather that he named his son Christopher after him.
Beatrice and the rest of her family attended the funeral, with Nikki finally getting engaged to sculptor David Williams-Ellis for the third time.
She ran a real estate company and received an MBE from David Cameron as a farewell gift after his resignation from the prime minister in 2016.
His father used to be an Olympic alpine skier who represented Great Britain at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Japan.
But the count and Edo & # 39; s mother divorced when Edo and his sister, Natalia, were very young and his father later moved to France.
It is said that Edoardo enjoys a friendly relationship with his former partner and is proud that he is still an active part of his son's life.
In August he told the Telegraaf: & # 39; I take (Christopher) a few mornings a week to school and finish on time to put him to bed three or four nights. & # 39;
His stepfather and Nikki & # 39; s second husband was Christopher Shale (photo), a senior Tory and a close friend of former Prime Minister David Cameron
David Cameron is pictured together with Edoardo (second left) and his mother Nikki for a memorial service for her second husband Christopher Shale
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