How Beatrice’s beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is a gentle millionaire with a rather confused private life
An Italian count with movie stars and pots of money. While such charms may seem a little too obvious to some, it’s not hard to figure out what Princess Beatrice sees in her new husband, the dashing man in the city of Count Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Although, strictly speaking, he is not a count because the title is not recognized in this country and even recognized only as a courtesy title in Italy.
Then there is its other history, the personal. When 36-year-old Edo, as he is known, and Beatrice got together in 2018, he was recently separated from but still living with his former fiancé, Harvard-trained architect Dara Huang, the mother of his son, Christopher ‘Wolfie’ Woolf, now four.
Edo Mapelli Mozzi, pictured with his former partner Dara Huang, right, and their child Wolfie Mapelli Mozzi. Dara remains part of Edo’s life and even helps him choose clothes
Dara remains part of Edo’s life. She would still help 37-year-old Edo choose clothes and cut his hair. Unsurprisingly, in January of this year, it was reported that Beatrice, 31, “ would rather have a little more distance ” between her fiancé and his ex.
Edo’s family told the Mail that they were happy that he and Beatrice had finally tied the knot. Dario Mapelli Mozzi, Edo’s cousin who had once been removed, said, “We are very happy that he is marrying the Queen’s granddaughter, although we would have been happy with the one he chose.
“We were not disappointed that they didn’t have a big wedding. We were satisfied with everything. When they got engaged it seemed like it was a little bit bigger but always limited. We heard it was postponed until next year, but it was clear to keep it a secret. Maybe they’ve done it now to make sure the queen could be there.
Or maybe because of the problems with her father, they didn’t want to advertise too much in case someone criticized them. They were probably right about a private marriage. ‘
Another cousin, Maria Lia Mapelli Mozzi, said: “We have already sent our congratulations privately, we are very happy that they were able to continue with a wedding. They failed in May due to the coronavirus, so it’s great that they have been able to do it privately now instead of waiting another year.
“We are not disappointed that they did not do it in Italy. They had never planned and should not have had a large gathering at the lock. He has always lived in England and that is what they always intended to do. ‘
Although Dara apparently remains close to Edo, her father Po-Tien recently blamed the royal family for taking his daughter’s chance to walk down the aisle with Edo. When news of the romance broke in December 2018, the retired NASA scientist said, ‘Why would they want to break this up? I do not understand.
“It’s not fair, but the royal family is very powerful. What can I do? I can not do anything? ‘
Edo’s family told the Mail that they were happy that he and Beatrice had finally tied the knot. Dario Mapelli Mozzi, Edo’s cousin after being removed, said: ‘We are very happy that he is marrying the Queen’s granddaughter, although we would have been happy with the one he chose
He said he believed his daughter knew nothing about the relationship until it was reported in the press.
Speaking from the Florida family home, he said, “Dara came back from London with Wolfie for Thanksgiving. She knew nothing about it and the next day her friend emailed the newspaper report to her. ‘
So this wasn’t quite a happy start to the romance, but it seems Beatrice had fallen off the map. And who can blame her – Edo certainly has a most romantic twist.
After they announced their wedding, he said on Instagram: ‘You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home. Hand in hand, tomorrow and forever. ‘
Who can resist a man who makes such statements – and also in public?
It has been reported that an 18th-century Baroque palace in Casatenova, Lombardy, about 20 miles from Bergamo, is Edo’s family seat, but that doesn’t seem to be entirely the case – it is owned by another branch of the family.
“It’s the same family but a different branch,” says current owner Marialia Mapelli Mozzi. “My great-grandfather was his great-grandfather’s brother. We are distant cousins. Edoardo only visited once. ‘
Unfortunately, Edo is not in line to inherit Villa Mapelli Mozzi. But perhaps this resourceful new member of the royal family will build his own fantastic equivalent for himself and his bride.
Edo describes himself as a real estate developer. His real estate development company Banda, which he founded at the age of 24 in 2007, specializes in making homes for the super-rich, saving neither cost nor detail. The company reportedly made him a multi-millionaire
Edo describes himself as a real estate developer. His real estate development company Banda, which he founded at the age of 24 in 2007, specializes in making homes for the super-rich, saving neither cost nor detail. The company reportedly made him a multi-millionaire.
The company’s philosophy is ‘not just to sell the lifestyle’ – although his latest development, a group of stucco houses in Battersea that he converted into luxury apartments, for example, is all a lifestyle, with each master suite a double great shower. “People love their own sides and their own shampoo,” Edo explained in an interview to promote his company. The blurb on the Banda website says, “We strive for artisanal environments that are both intrinsically beautiful and flawlessly functional. Live for the mind. ‘
Edo has been fascinated with grand buildings since childhood – how much fun it will be to explore Buckingham Palace, Balmoral et al. And if the rumors are true, the couple lives in St James’s Palace.
So who is this new royal family member anyway? Despite its whimsical appearance, there is English grit in the pedigree, albeit with valid grit. His mother’s family, Nicola ‘Nikki’ Burrows, made their fortune in the Lancashire coal mining industry.
His basic resume reads like that of any middle-class Englishman; he was educated privately at Radley College in Oxfordshire and studied business economics at Edinburgh University. But its dashing appeal is more colorful. His father Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi was born in Argentina, but moved to the UK with his parents. A charismatic figure, he became a British junior ski champion and represented Great Britain at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
Princess Beatrice, pictured with her father Prince Andrew at Trooping of the Color in June 2007
Edo’s older sister, Natalia, was born in 1981; Two years later, in 1983, Edo attended Portland Hospital in London – something he has in common with Princess Beatrice.
The family split their time between homes in Chelsea and Oxfordshire. However, the marriage did not last and Edo’s parents separated when he was a child. Alessandro married two more times and moved to the South of France, while Edo’s mother Nikki married Christopher Shale, president of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association. Edo has a younger half-brother, Albemarle, known as Alby. The family lived in Hundley House, a large estate complete with tennis court and croquet lawn, near Charlbury in Oxfordshire. Holidays were spent at the relaxed yet luxurious seafront property of Mr. Shale on the Kenyan island of Lamu.
Mr. Shale, who died suddenly at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011 at the age of 56, was a friend of the Duke and Duchess of York and the Duchess is godmother to Alby. (Edo’s mother remarried sculptor David Williams-Ellis in 2017.)
Of course Edo mixed in the same circles as Beatrice, although they were only friends for years. After all, Edo had a fiancé and a young son, and Beatrice had a long-term relationship with her ex, Dave Clark.
But then history changed for the royal family when he lamented the princess who would become his wife in 2018. And now they will settle in married life, the count and his contessa, as Beatrice could style herself.