Four years ago, he was the elusive Italian boyfriend who never appeared in pictures; One pandemic, a wedding and a baby daughter later, Edo Mapelli Mozzi has come into his own and is stepping into his role of royal husband with true enthusiasm.
The entrepreneur has been keeping royal fans updated on his and Princess Beatrice’s glitzy life since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, sharing a beaming picture of them at Royal Ascot yesterday on Instagram.
The Italian developer, 38, initially kept a low profile when he and Beatrice started dating in late 2018, and after his September 26, 2019 proposal, eventually tying the knot on July 17 2020 in an intimate ceremony at Windsor, due to Covid-19 regulations in place at the time.
Online, especially, he seemed happy to focus on his property development business Banda Property, only posting rarely about personal updates.
However, as the royal family emerged from the pandemic, and following the very public departure of Prince Harry, 37 and Meghan Markle, 40, for the US, Edo has become more involved with royal life than ever, and is beginning to be more open on social media.
Four years ago, Edo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, was known only as Princess Beatrice’s elusive Italian boyfriend. But following their 2020 wedding, the birth of their daughter Sienna and the Queen’s Jubilee, the newest addition to the royal family has come into his own as a supportive and present husband who shows up for The Firm
The property tycoon even made time in his schedule to accompany Beatrice to Sweden for the World Dyslexia Assembly in April, where they met Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia and Queen Sylvia of Sweden, in pink
Edo comforted Beatrice when she became distraught at the memorial service for her grandfather in March
From no Instagram updates to royal influencer
As he’s grown confident in his royal role, Edo has become less guarded about his presence on social media, and has turned to Instagram more regularly to share a glimpse of his life within The Firm.
Since September 2019, the property tycoon has only posted 12 times about his personal life on Instagram, with half of the posts being shared in the past nine months.
The Italian property developer posted about Beatrice for the first time ever on Instagram when their engagement was made official on September 26 2019.
Edo posted about Beatrice on Instagram for the first time to announce their engagement in September 2019, a year after they reportedly started dating
He shared a tasteful series of black and white pictures taken by Misan Harriman, the Meghan Markle-approved photographer who immortalised many of the Sussexes’ milestones.
Edo shared a heartfelt message with the pictures, which read: ‘You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home. Hand in hand, today, tomorrow and forever,’ adding a ring emoji to signal their engagement.
Soon after he shared the engagement pictures, Edo resumed posting sleek pictures of his interior designs projects.
Fans had to wait 11 months before he posted about his personal life again.
The property tycoon shared his wedding pictures on July 19, two days after he and Beatrice tied the knot if front of the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor.
The discreet entrepreneur shared another gushing captions via a poem by E.E Cumming which read: ‘I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart).’
Edo has shared personal posts about Beatrice on his Instagram for their first wedding anniversary, left, and Beatrice’s 32nd birthday, right
The Italian tycoon took a break from posting about his business ventures on Instagram to share his wedding pictures on July 19 2020
The sweet post was followed by more interior design pictures. Because of the coronavirus pandemic and health guidelines, Beatrice and Edo were rarely seen out together.
The news Beatrice was pregnant was announced by the Royal household, and Edo made no mention of it on his Instagram account.
However, on July 17 2021, he shared a selfie of him and Beatrice to mark their first wedding anniversary, followed a month later by another selfie, this time in black and white, to mark her 32nd birthday.
Edo’s posts about his royal life were few and far between on social media, up until September 2021, when his and Beatrice’s daughter Sienna was born.
He wrote in the caption: ‘Our life together has just begun, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things that await us.
On 18 September 2021, Edo shared the news that his and Beatrice’s daughter Sienna was born on his account
‘Feeling so much love and gratitude for my amazing wife, baby Sienna and Wolfie. These are the days I never want to forget. This week, a friend said to me the sweetest saying….that with every child you grow a whole new heart,’ he added.
Since Sienna’s birth, Edo has shared five more personal updates on his Instagram account, starting with a trip to Greece with his son Wolfie in October 2021.
And it is believed he started styling himself ‘husband’ and dad’ first on his Instagram bio at the same time.
This year, Edo wished the Queen a happy birthday via an Instagram post for the first time by sharing her official portrait
On Trooping the Colour day, Edo shared a picture of the Fly past, congratulating the Monarch on her 70-year-long reign
The royal complimented his sister in law and his wife as he shared a picture of them arriving at the service of thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3
He wished the Queen a Happy birthday in April, something he didn’t do in previous years.
When the Platinum Jubilee kicked off on June 2, Edo shared a clip of the fly past, which he attended with other members of the royal family, possibly on the roof of St James’s Palace.
The next day, he shared a stylish snap of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice arriving at the service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s, gushing about his ‘wonderful sister-in-law and phenomenal wife looking so stunning.’
Two weeks on from the Jubilee, Edo seemed to have taken to sharing more glimpses of his and Beatrice’s life online, and snapped a picture with her at Royal Ascot in front of The Ram, a sculpture designed by David Williams-Ellis, his stepfather.
In October last year, Edo posted a rare snap with his son Wolfie, who he shares with ex-fiancée Dara Huang, on a trip to the Acropolis of Athens
Edo was Beatrice’s rock during the emotional memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey in March
The ultimate Royal plus one
Edo has been a faithful plus one to Beatrice at all royal occasions since coronavirus social distancing guidelines were dropped last summer.
The property tycoon carved some room in his busy schedule in order to accompany the Princess to countless events in the past year, often wearing outfits or accessories that matched hers, in a perfect example of power couple dressing.
On April 17 2021, he was by her side as she said goodbye to her grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh during an emotional ceremony in Windsor.
It was the couple’s first official royal outing since their wedding, almost a year prior.
The Italian property developer also attended the Chelsea Flower Show with Beatrice in late May
He took to Ascot like a fish to water and was seen waving at royal fans from a royal carriage yesterday
Beatrice made Edo’s presence known on the first day of Ascot when she styled herself ‘HRH Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’
In happier times, the couple made a leisurely appearance at Wimbledon during the tennis season, while Beatrice was in the late stages of her pregnancy with Sienna.
The friend-turned-lover who initially shied away from the limelight
Beatrice and Edo are rumoured to have begun dating back in late 2018, after years of friendship, but little was known of their relationship, and they were rarely photographed together at events, even if they attended together.
Very little was known about Edo in these early stages of their relationship, apart from the fact he was an Italian property Tycoon who shared a two-year-old son named Wolfie with his ex partner.
Very little transpired of their relationship online, Beatrice using Instagram via a secret, private account, and Edo focusing his posts on his property developing business.
Fans had to wait until February 2019 for snaps of Edo and Beatrice together on nights out to emerge.
The pair were photographed hopping into a black cab together as they left the trendy London club The Chiltern Firehouse in the early hours of the morning.
A couple of weeks later, Edo and Beatrice finally made things officials, attending the Portrait Gala 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery as a pair, and several events after that in the run up to their engagement.
However, he did not attend an official royal engagements until he and Beatrice were married in July 17, and Edo had any big royal debut postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Edo also attended Kate Middleton’s Westminster Abbey carol service with Beatrice on December 8, where he sat with her and Princess Eugenie, who attended without her husband Jack Brooksbank, 36.
At the beginning of the new year, Edo was a supportive figure at the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey.
He was seen comforting a visibly distraught Beatrice during the emotional ceremony.
He even accompanied Beatrice during her two-day-long trip to Sweden for the World Dyslexia Assembly, where she met with Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia.
As the royal family geared up for the Queen’s Jubilee and royal events returned in full force, Edo seldom missed any.
He put on his best tuxedo to be Beatrice’s plus one during the charity preview night of A Gallop Through History Platinum at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
A few days later, he donned a navy blue suit to tour The Chelsea Flower Show with his wife of nearly two years, who was wearing a blue floral number.
When the Jubilee celebrations kicked off on June 2, he was cheering from St James Palace as the Fly Past flew over London.
It is believed he, Sienna, Wolfie and Beatrice watched the fly past on a rooftop, with other members of the royal family that included Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August, who is 17-months-old.
Throughout the Jubilee weekend, Edo was present at several events attended by other royal members of the family.
The pair beamed as they arrived at Royal Ascot together on Tuesday, with Beatrice sporting a ‘B.Y’ for ‘Beatrice York’ clutch bag
Edo was by Beatrice’s side among the other members of the royal family at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021
He was seen dancing and laughing with Beatrice and Eugenie at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday June 4, and came back for royal seconds on Sunday 5, to attend the Platinum Pageant, bringing his son Wolfie with him.
The snaps of the Jubilee shed some light on the tranquil relationship Edo shares with his sister-in-law Eugenie, as the pair were often sat next to each other for the different shows, and seemed to be very friendly with one another.
Edo was also among the royals who showed up at the royal Ascot on Tuesday after it was announced the Queen would miss the first day of the Berkshire racing event.
It was the first time Edo was photographed at Ascot with the royal party, and as a member of the royal family since Beatrice and him began dating four years ago.
The couple put on an animate display during the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They attended the BBC Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace on Saturday 4 June
Edo was also seen enjoying the company of his sister-in-law Princess Eugenie, 32, during the celebrations
And Beatrice made his presence extra special by styling herself ‘HRH Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’ on the badge she wore on her dress for the event.
Dressed in a morning coat and top hat and with a tie that matched his wife’s floral dress, Edo took to the racecourse like a fish to water, and seemed in his element as he rubbed elbows with Beatrice’s cousin Zara Tindall, 41.
The Italian tycoon attended Ascot again yesterday, with a blue tie that perfectly matched Beatrice’s white dress and white and blue straw hat.
As he enjoyed a tipple in the royal enclosure, next to his wife’s aunts and uncle – which included the Prince of Wales, 73, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, The Princess Royal, 71 and the Countess of Wessex, 57, private Edo seemed to have found his footing within the royal circles.
Edo and his son Wolfie also watched the Platinum Jubilee Pageant with Beatrice, Eugenie, and their cousin Peter Phillips on Sunday 5 June