Princess Beatrice & Edo Mapelli are going to buy a £3 million Cotswolds home?

Note: this story came out over the weekend, and I think we should now read it as a preview of Princess Beatrice & Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s pregnancy announcement! Edo and Bea had a very odd pandemic wedding with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi last year. Their original wedding date was supposed to be in June 2020, and they were scheduled to marry in London and have their wedding reception on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. They ended up getting married in Windsor in July, with just a handful of family members in attendance. They’ve been pretty quiet since then, and I’ve had the impression that Beatrice and Edo are splitting their time between a few different crash-pads: Beatrice has an apartment in Kensington Palace Edo has a home in London, Edo’s mom has a place in the country, and Beatrice has space at Royal Lodge, her dad’s home. But now they’re looking to expand into their own place and they’re apparently feeling “broody.”

Amid a flurry of rumours that ten months after their wedding Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi are feeling broody, I hear they are on the lookout for a sizeable family home in or around the Cotswolds. Earlier this month they visited a sprawling property in Oxfordshire with a ‘party barn’ and a swimming pool, thought to be on the market at about £3 million.

My source tells me: ‘The owner was very excited Bea had been round, though she tried to keep it quiet.’

If Bea and Edo go for the home – and sources say they are both keen to put in an offer – then Prince Harry’s polo pal George Spencer-Churchill and his wife Camilla could be neighbours as their ancestral seat Blenheim Palace is right next door. The Cotswolds would also be ideal for Beatrice to visit her close friend Kate Moss, who lives in Little Faringdon. Ellie Goulding isn’t too far either: the singer is renting in the Cotswolds, an area which is also home to the Daylesford Estate, run by JCB magnates Lord and Lady Bamford.

If she’s lucky Bea can count herself as part of the Chipping Norton set too, as the home they have their eye on is just a short drive to the town that’s home to David and Victoria Beckham, the exclusive Soho Farmhouse, and Bea’s widowed mother- in-law, whose £1.5 million home the Princess stayed in over lockdown.

My news means that the couple – who tied the knot last July in a socially-distanced wedding at Windsor Castle with 15 friends and family, including the Queen – must be set to hand back Beatrice’s £20,000- a-year four-bedroom apartment in St James’s Palace. She shared it with sister Eugenie for several years, but Eugenie is said to have moved to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s old home – Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage – with husband Jack Brooksbank.

Bea and Edo started their relationship in unconventional fashion, with Bea in New York and Edo living in a West London family home he bought for his ex-girlfriend Dara Huang and son Wolfie, before they broke up. Wolfie remained there while Edo and Dara took turns to stay the night. Dara is now moving to Belgravia with her new partner.

Another source says: ‘Edo is keen to give Wolfie a brother or sister, and a sprawling manor house would be the perfect place to start their family.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I’m honestly really curious about the York princesses’ living arrangements. Eugenie and Jack are renting Frogmore Cottage from the Sussexes, clearly, and Eugenie reportedly rents one of the “cottages” on the Kensington Palace complex too. Will they ever get their “own” place, and will they be helped along by Prince Andrew and/or the Queen? Which is my question for Beatrice and Edo too – I know that all of these people have jobs, but none of those jobs could reasonably finance something like a $4 million country home in the Cotswolds. So who is paying for what? Edo’s family money? Andrew’s shady cash? Or the Queen gifting her favorite granddaughters some real estate? And will the British media question who is paying for what like they did with You-Know-Who? Given that this news came out days before Bea and Edo’s pregnancy announcement, I think it’s safe to say that Bea is probably hoping her grandmother & her father help her out and buy her a country home now that she’s knocked up.

Photos courtesy of social media, Backgrid, Buckingham Palace.

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