There were just 20 people at the private wedding including the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew. The Duke of York’s elder daughter, 31, had been due to marry her property developer beau, nicknamed Edo, at St James’s Palace with 150 guests in May, but the coronavirus pandemic through a spanner in the works. Eager to tie the knot as soon as possible, they opted for a smaller gathering with close family.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that social distancing measures were in place in accordance with all government guidelines.
However, her new husband is an intriguing character ‒ Edo, 36, a millionaire and dad of one, was still living with his ex-fiancee when he met Beatrice.
The pair have been family friends for years, but the romantic spark appeared just before Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie’s wedding back in October 2018.
Edo was previously engaged to marry Dara Huang, an American Harvard-educated architect, who is also the mother of his toddler son Christopher Woolf.
They ended their relationship six months before his romance with Beatrice began.
According to Fabulous Digital, Edo’s decision to call off his relationship with Dara seemed very sudden, as they had been engaged since 2015.
A source told the outlet last year: “Almost overnight, Chinese-American fiancee Dara became Edo’s ex-fiancee.
“The talented Harvest-educated architect had been planning her idyllic wedding to Edo but was unceremoniously dumped.”
However, they remained living together for several months and were still sharing their London home when Edo and Beatrice hit it off.
A source said: “Beatrice was delighted to find herself in the company of easy-on-the-eye Edo and they started dating under the radar almost immediately.”
The Queen’s granddaughter introduced her new man to her royal relatives while Edo left his former fiance “sleeping on a pal’s sofa” according to the article.
Another inside told The Sun that Beatrice would not have started her romance with Edo until she was sure his last relationship was over.
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However, according to Fabulous Digital, their relationship “started when [Edo and Dara] were still sharing a London home”.
Edo soon moved in with Beatrice at St James’s Palace and got on well with Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
However, back in January the Mail on Sunday reported that Beatrice would “rather there was more distance” between Edo and the mother of his child.
An insider told the publication: “Having initially been very cool about their friendship, Bea would rather there was a little more distance between Dara and Edo after all.
“Edo may disagree, but Dara personally believes they would still be together if not for Bea.”
Edo’s former flame was apparently still clothes shopping and cutting his hair only six months ago.
That said, Dara apparently likes Beatrice and does not wish to get back together with Edo.
However, it seems Beatrice’s family are also happy to look past Edo’s relationship with Dara and the circumstances around the beginning of his relationship with the princess.
When Beatrice got engaged, a royal insider said: “Eugenie and Jack are delighted that Beatrice has found a caring man ‒ despite his relationship pitfalls.”
Beatrice married Edo at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park yesterday, just a short walk away from the Royal Lodge, where the Yorks have been living
The Queen was driven there from where she has been shielding in Windsor Castle.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17 July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
“The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family.
“The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant government guidelines.”