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Who Is Princess Beatrice's New Boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi?

Here's everything you need to know about the royal's latest flame.
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While all eyes have been on Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank in recent weeks, her sister Princess Beatrice is reportedly having a romance of her own.

Beatrice has allegedly been seeing businessman Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi for about two months. Here's everything we know about him so far.


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Edo Mapelli Mozzi at his home in 2013

MOZZI IS A FRIEND OF BEATRICE'S FAMILY.

Despite reports in The Sun that Beatrice and Mozzi (who goes by "Edo") met in mid-September through mutual friends, People reveals that they've been acquaintances for some time.

Mozzi's stepfather was Christopher Shale, a British political operative and close friend of previous Prime Minister David Cameron, who died at the Glastonbury music festival in 2011. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson considered Shale a friend as well, and went to his funeral—as did Beatrice. 

Princess Beatrice and Mozzi were also both in attendance at a 2014 wedding in Puglia, Italy—where Mozzi may or may not have gotten into a little bit of trouble, per the Daily Mail.

Fergie and Mozzi also follow each other on Twitter, although it's unclear how long that's been the case.


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Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice at Princess Eugenie's wedding in October

THROUGH HIS FATHER, HE HAS SOME BLUE BLOOD.

Mozzi's father, the first husband of his mother Nikki Shale, is Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi. Not that she traded down—the house Nikki and Christopher built together had six bedrooms, a gym, and a wine cellar, not to mention the croquet garden and orchard.

Nikki was also nominated for an MBE award—a royal honor—by David Cameron in 2016.


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Edo Mapelli Mozzi in 2013

HE CO-FOUNDED A CHARITY, WHICH WAS INSPIRED BY HIS LATE STEPFATHER'S VISION.

Mozzi is behind Cricket Builds Hope (CBH), an organization that teaches Rwandans how to play cricket. According to its website, "CBH harnesses the power of sport to promote reconciliation and tackle deep-seated social issues like gender inequality through specially tailored sessions run by CBH’s cricket coaching team."

The charity has its roots in Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, which was founded by Christopher Shale to build the country's first grass cricket ground. Shale dreamed of expanding it into something larger, and after his death in 2011, his friends and family created CBH to do so in his memory.

HE'S DEFINITELY NOT IN IT FOR BEATRICE'S WEALTH—HE'S GOT PLENTY OF HIS OWN.

Mozzi founded real estate firm Banda in 2007, and serves as its CEO to this day. The company specializes in finding and developing homes for wealthy clients. It must be doing well, as Mozzi is reportedly a multi-millionaire.

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MOZZI HAS BEEN MARRIED BEFORE.

The 34-year-old has a two-year-old son, Wolfie, from a previous marriage—meaning that if things get serious, there could be a royal stepchild in the mix.

THERE'S ALREADY TALK OF AN ENGAGEMENT.

Granted, this came from The Sun, which also claimed that the couple just met in September. But a source for the tabloid says, "They could even be tying the knot in 2019—it's already been discussed by her friends."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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