Princess Beatrice announces engagement to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

26 September 2019, 12:08 | Updated: 26 September 2019, 12:14

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Picture: Princess Beatrice/PA

By Tom Eames

Princess Beatrice has announced that she is engaged to her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The 31-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, got engaged to her 34-year-old property tycoon partner in Italy earlier this month.

Beatrice will marry Mapelli Mozzi in 2020, her parents announced.

"We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together," the pair said in a statement.

"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."

Beatrice tweeted she was "so excited" by the announcement.

The Duke and Duchess of York said: "We are thrilled that Beatrice and Edoardo have got engaged, having watched their relationship develop with pride."

"We are the lucky parents of a wonderful daughter who has found her love and companion in a completely devoted friend and loyal young man. We send them every good wish for a wonderful family future."

"I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy," Ferguson later said on Twitter.

"I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law."

Mapelli's parents, Nikki Williams-Ellis and Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, said they were "truly delighted" by the news.

"Our family has known Beatrice for most of her life. Edo and Beatrice are made for each other, and their happiness and love for each other is there for all to see.

"They share an incredibly strong and united bond, their marriage will only strengthen what is already a wonderful relationship."

Mapelli Mozzi is a very wealthy businessman, who already has a two-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Beatrice's sister, Princess Eugenie, married her partner Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle in October 2018.

"I'm so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo," Princess Eugenie said on Instagram. "It's been a long time coming and you two are meant to be," she added.