Princess Beatrice has become the first stepmother among the young generation of royals after marrying Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret.
The property tycoon shares a young son, two-year-old Christopher ‘Wolfie’ Woolf, with his glamorous former fiancée of three-and-a-half years, Dara Huang.
Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne, is a granddaughter of the Queen, has become the only princess to marry someone with children and take on a stepchild.
The couple were due to tie the knot at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace at the end of May. But their ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 and no new date was given by the palace at the time.
The bride’s grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who have both been in isolation at Windsor Castle, were in attendance. Photos show Her Majesty looking resplendent in green as she left Royal Lodge today.
Princess Beatrice is set to become the first stepmother in the Queen’s family when she marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, pictured together
History of British royal stepmothers
Former Queen of England Joan of Navarre became stepmother to King Henry IV’s children when they married on 7 February, 1403.
Joan, who already had seven children with her late first husband John IV, Duke of Brittany, had no further children with Henry. She enjoyed a good relationship with Henry’s children from his first marriage, and is recorded to have often take the side of the future Henry V during family quarrels.
Anne Boleyn became stepmother to husband King Henry VII’s daughter Mary I, which he shared with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon – as did his four future wives Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
The subsequent four women also became stepmother to his and Anne Boleyn’s daughter Elizabeth I.
Jane Seymour gave birth to his only son Edward VI, with the role of stepmother to three children falling to his final three wives.
Queen Mary I, also known as Mary Tudor, became a stepmother when she married Prince Philip of Spain, who had a son from a previous marriage.
Lady Mary Grey, the youngest daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and Frances Brandon, provoked scandal when she married the Queen’s serjeant porter Thomas Keyes, son of Richard Keyes, esquire, of East Greenwich, Kent. He was a widower twice her age with six or seven children, which she became stepmother to.
Mary of Moderna became stepmother to widow James II of England’s two surviving daughters when they married in 1673.
It is thought the bride’s parents, Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, were both in attendance. It is not known whether her younger sister Princess Eugenie, 30, and brother-in-law Jack Brooksbank were present
The only other step-parent in Queen Elizabeth II’s immediate family is her son Prince Charles, who became stepfather to Camilla Parker Bowles’ son Tom and daughter Laura when they wed in 2005.
In turn, the Duchess of Cornwall has become a stepmother to William and Harry and a stepgrandmother to Wills and Kate’s children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
Edoardo and Chinese-American interior designer Dara previously lived together in London before he moved in with Beatrice at St James Palace.
His former fiancée is a highly-successful architect with her own design company, Design Haus Liberty.
Edo is said to enjoy an amicable relationship with Huang and prides himself on still being an active part of his son’s life.
Property tycoon Edoardo shares a young son, Christopher ‘Wolfie’ Woolf, with his glamorous former fiancée Dara Huang
Beatrice would be the first among the young generation of royals to take on a stepchild, as Edoardo was previously engaged for three-and-a-half years to the mother of his child, Dara Huang, (seen) whom he split from last year
In August last year he told the Telegraph: ‘I take [Christopher] to school a couple of mornings a week and finish in time to put him in bed three or four evenings.’
Despite spending much of the year travelling the world for her business, Dara has spent the past few months isolating in West London.
Beatrice has reportedly the royal welcomed Dara into her life, adopting a stepmother role to Wolfie, who was set to be pageboy at their wedding.
In July this year it was reported that Dara had found love once again with 37-year-old London-based financier, Filippos Kodellas de la Morena.
Edo is said to enjoy an amicable relationship with Huang and prides himself on still being an active part of his son’s life, Edo and Dara are pictured in 2018
Dara is very happy,’ a source revealed to the Daily Mail, ‘She met Filippos through mutual friends. He’s just as handsome and successful as Edo.
A close family friend of Edoardo’s stated that the couple split six months before he began dating Beatrice.
Beatrice, who has known Edoardo for several years, is said to have begun a romantic relationship with the millionaire after meeting him again at Eugenie’s wedding to her long-term partner Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle in October in 2018.
Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi said of their 11-month whirlwind romance in a statement last year: ‘We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement.
Buckingham Palace announced Princess Beatrice and Edoardo’s engagement today, with her sister Eugenie posting her congratulations on Instagram and sharing a photograph taken by herself of the happy couple
Edoardo’s ex, Chinese-American architect Dara Huang, is the mother of toddler Christopher Woolf
‘We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to actually be married.
‘We share so many similar interests and values, and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.’
The pair got engaged during a romantic trip to Italy in 2019, which saw them staying in the exclusive cliffside village of Positano, on the Amalfi Coast.
The couple were joined by friends who had chartered their own private boat to the beach, which is only accessible by sea.
Edoardo, the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale, and has been a friend of the Yorks for some time.
The pair got engaged during a romantic trip to Italy this month, which saw them staying in the exclusive cliffside village of Positano, on the Amalfi Coast
Edoardo joins Beatrice at Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s royal wedding in May
He holds dual British and Italian citizenship but as solely a British citizen, Mr. Mozzi is not eligible for his father’s title.
Edoardo is the stepson of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron’s late friend Christopher Shale, who died of a heart attack at Glastonbury festival in 2011.
He is Beatrice’s first public boyfriend since she split from Uber executive Dave Clark in 2016 after 10 years together.
Princess Beatrice’s wedding is a rare piece of good news for her father Prince Andrew amid claims Jeffrey Epstein’s death and claims he slept with one of his sex slaves have engulfed the House of York.
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