A few days after she celebrated Christmas 2018 with the rest of the royal family at the Queen's Sandringham estate, Princess Beatrice, 30, flew to an island off Kenya where she was photographed with her new boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (also known as Edo), for the first time. The couple have been dating since last September, but kept their relationship extremely low-key...until that Christmas. The couple made their first public appearance together at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Now, Edo is joining the royal family! Beatrice announced that he proposed on a recent trip to Italy (where they were vacationing ahead of Misha Nonoo's Rome wedding, also attended by Harry and Meghan). "We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement," the couple said in a statement. "We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to 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."
Her mom, Sarah Ferguson, posted to Instagram: "I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law."
Ahead, everything we know about the soon-to-be new addition to the royal family as the couple prepares for their wedding next year.
Beatrice and Edo went to their first event together in New York.
Though they weren't photographed together, the couple attended the third annual Berggruen Prize Gala at the New York Public Library in December 2018. Beatrice's BFF Karlie Kloss was also in attendance. As far as we know, Edo, 34, was not at Beatrice's sister Princess Eugenie's wedding in October.
He's connected to former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mozzi is the stepson of former PM David Cameron’s late friend, Christopher Shale. Beatrice and Edo's families have apparently known each other for years since Bea's parents are close friends with Cameron. They all attended Shale's funeral in 2011 after he tragically died at the Glastonbury festival.
He has an Instagram—and he's very into art and architecture.
Makes sense, considering he's a millionaire property developer. He founded Banda Property in 2007. Look, he believes in us.
He's reportedly met Beatrice's parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York.
According to a source from The Sun (make of it what you will), “Beatrice and Edo have the same circle of friends and were introduced through a mutual chum. They hit it off instantly and have a real laugh together. They’ve been on holiday together and Beatrice introduced him to Fergie and her dad. Things are moving very quickly and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they got engaged within a short period of time."
Sarah also follows him on Twitter!
He's a father.
He has a two-year-old son named Christopher Woolf, known as Wolfie, with ex Dara Huang. (They were engaged, but recently ended it.)
Bea and Edoardo spent New Year's in Lamu, where Edo's family owns a home.
There was a lot of relaxing on the beach and hanging out with friends and family on the island, part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya.
They made their official debut as a couple at the National Portrait Gallery.
Beatrice and Edoardo attended the Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 12, 2019. Though they didn't arrive holding hands, they did come together—a sign their relationship is growing considering during their first event they weren't photographed together at all.
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