Another royal wedding: Meet the man who won Beatrice’s heart


Another royal wedding: Meet the man who won Beatrice’s heart

So who is property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, whose engagement to the princess was announced on Thursday?

Anna Tyzack

Shrouded in scaffolding, on a garden square just north of Hyde Park in London, stands property developer Count Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s latest project. Much of the building is still a hardhat zone – 125 workmen are hammering away to complete 15 lateral flats – but in the show flat, Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice’s soon-to-be fiancé, is installed at the dining room table in collarless shirt, suit and trainers, preparing for a site meeting.

“There is no normal day in the office,” he explains, running a hand through his thick, dark hair. “It’s always a mix of viewings, design meetings, project management meetings ...”  

And then there’s his son, Woolfy, to think about. Woolfy’s mother is glamorous architect and designer Dara Huang – the pair were engaged when they broke up in 2018, before he began dating Beatrice. Relations between them are said to be amicable: “I take him to school a couple of mornings a week and finish in time to put him in bed three or four evenings,” Mapelli Mozzi explains...

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