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Princess Beatrice to be married to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that Princess Beatrice, the oldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York and ninth in line for the throne, is engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The two became engaged while on vacation in Italy earlier this month.

Sarah Ferguson, left, and Princess Beatrice arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018.
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Princess Beatrice, the oldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York and ninth in line for the throne, is now officially engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.

The two got engaged in Italy earlier this month during a vacation trip.

The princess and Mozzi were rumored to have started dating in November 2018, after she split with her boyfriend of nearly a decade, according to Fox News.

Mozzi’s parents, Nikki Williams-Ellis and Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, expressed their excitement over the news in a joint statement that said they were “truly delighted.”

“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 said. “They share an incredible strong and united bond, their marriage will only strengthen what is already a wonderful relationship.”

The Duke and Duchess of York also released a joint statement expressing their joy and pride in the news.

“We are 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,” they said.

Mozzi’s son Wolfie is from a previous marriage to American architect and designer Dara Huang, according to USA Today.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s son Archie became the first American, mixed-race baby born into the royal family. But Wolfie will be the first American, mixed-race step-child, according to reports.

In a post to Instagram, Mozzi declared his heart to be the princess’s home.

The two also released a statement expressing their excitement for their future marriage, according to BBC.

“We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together,” the pair said. “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.”

The princess and her sister, Princess Eugenie, are cousins to Princes Harry and William. They are also the daughters of Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

The wedding is currently planned for 2020.