Why would they want to break up this fam­ily?

An im­pas­sioned cry from fa­ther of fi­ancee ditched by Beatrice’s new boyfriend …

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Mario Led­with and Alex Diaz

THEY are the happy pic­tures that could come from any fam­ily al­bum – a young boy doted on by his over­joyed par­ents.

But this smil­ing trio is no more – and Princess Beatrice has found her­self fac­ing ques­tions over whether she may have been in­stru­men­tal in their split.

At a time when she should be en­joy­ing the ex­cite­ment of a new re­la­tion­ship with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Prince An­drew’s el­dest daugh­ter is the sub­ject of claims that the prop­erty de­vel­oper sac­ri­ficed his en­gage­ment to the woman in the pic­ture to be with her.

Mr Mozzi, 35, is said to have been see­ing Beatrice while still shar­ing his life and Lon­don home with Chi­nese-Amer­i­can Dara Huang and their two-year-old son, Christo­pher ‘Wolfie’ Woolf.

The princess and busi­ness­man are un­der­stood to have started the ro­mance at the Wind­sor wed­ding of her sis­ter Eu­ge­nie in Oc­to­ber.

Now, Miss Huang’s fam­ily has ques­tioned why the 30-year-old royal be­came in­volved with Mr Mozzi – known as Edo – given his fam­ily sit­u­a­tion. Her fa­ther, PoTien, a re­tired sci­en­tist with US space agency NASA, said: ‘Why would they want to go and break this up? I can’t un­der­stand it. It’s not fair but the Royal Fam­ily are so pow­er­ful. What can I do? I can’t do any­thing.’

Po-Tien, 80, be­lieves his Har­vard-ed­u­cated ar­chi­tect daugh­ter, 37, only found out about Mr Mozzi’s re­la­tion­ship when it was re­ported in the Press. Speak­ing from the fam­ily home in Florida, he said: ‘Dara came back here from Lon­don for Thanks­giv­ing with Wolfie.

‘She didn’t know any­thing about it and the next day her friend emailed the news­pa­per re­port to her.

‘She showed me and her mom and then we knew what was go­ing on. It’s a sad time and sad sit­u­a­tion. We don’t know how Dara is go­ing to take care of it. I’m up­set but there’s noth­ing I can do about it.’

He added: ‘Be­ing an­gry is no so­lu­tion. These things hap­pen in all the world – to­day it hap­pened in my home.

‘No mat­ter what we say it doesn’t help, so let him go.’

His wife Lily, 69, last month told the Mail on Sun­day of her shock at learn­ing that the re­la­tion­ship had bro­ken down, de­scrib­ing it as a ‘ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion’. The fam­ily re­vealed pic­tures of their daugh­ter along­side Mr Mozzi and their new-born son, show­ing them smil­ing happily to­gether.

The cou­ple are un­der­stood to have be­come en­gaged around a year ago af­ter meet­ing in 2015 but had no plans to marry in place.

In pho­to­graphs from Christo­pher Woolf’s chris­ten­ing, the baby is seen wear­ing a white out­fit with golden wings given to the cou­ple by Beatrice’s mother, Sarah Fer­gu­son. Beatrice’s fam­ily has been friends with Mr Mozzi’s for many years.

Po Tien added: ‘Edo came for Christ­mas here last year and we have trav­elled to Eng­land to meet Edo’s fam­ily. I asked Edo and Dara when they were go­ing to get mar­ried, I even emailed Edo about it, but they said they didn’t want to rush. Ev­ery­thing was pretty and so nice un­til this hap­pened.’

A palace aide has pre­vi­ously said: ‘She [Beatrice] would never al­low her­self to break into an­other cou­ple’s hap­pi­ness, es­pe­cially if there was a small child.’

Mr Mozzi was ed­u­cated at the £12,775-per-term Radley Col­lege in Ox­ford­shire be­fore go­ing on to study pol­i­tics at the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh.

He set up the prop­erty com­pany Banda in 2004 at the age of 27, which spe­cialises in high-end de­vel­op­ment projects.

Beatrice, 30, has been sin­gle since break­ing up with her boyfriend of ten years, Dave Clark, in 2016.

Re­ports sug­gested the pair split af­ter Beatrice gave him an ul­ti­ma­tum to marry her, though friends said they had been ‘drift­ing apart’ in the last months of the re­la­tion­ship. Mr Clark, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive at taxi firm Uber, mar­ried US busi­ness­woman Lynn An­der­son in July this year.

Asked about her par­ents’ re­marks, Miss Huang de­clined to com­ment last night.

A friend of Mr Mozzi said: ‘As al­ways in these cases there are two sides to the story.’

Buck­ing­ham Palace also said it would not be com­ment­ing on the claims.

‘Be­ing an­gry is no so­lu­tion’ ‘Two sides to the story’

FI­ANCEE’S FA­THER Dev­as­tated: Po-Tien – with baby Wolfie – is up­set at the new ro­mance with Princess Beatrice Day out: Dara Huang and Edoardo Mozzi with Wolfie


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