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Evening Standard: Princess Beatrice Says Becoming a Stepmother to Her Husband's Son Is an Honor

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 05, 2021
06:50 P.M.

Princess Beatrice became a stepmother when she married her husband. In a recent interview, she opened up to a publication about what it was like for her to take on the new role.

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In July 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The private wedding ceremony happened at 11 a.m. at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

Royal Family members like Beatrice’s grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, attended along with other close family members. Initially, the couple was going to marry in the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace in London.

Princess Beatrice at the annual Serpentine Galley Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 1, 2014, in London, England | Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Princess Beatrice at the annual Serpentine Galley Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 1, 2014, in London, England | Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

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Then, the Queen was going to host a private reception afterward in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. However, COVID-19 safety regulations put a spanner in the works for the couple.

Beatrice’s marriage to Mozzi meant she instantly became a stepmother to her husband’s child. Mozzi shares his only child and son, Christopher “Wolfie” Woolf, with his former partner, Dara Huang.

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Woolf actually served as the royal and his father’s pageboy at their wedding. Beatrice’s marriage made her the second British Royal Family member to get married to someone who had children.

She’s the first one of her generation, and the Queen’s first grandchild to do so. Duchess Camilla was the first to marry someone who already had a child when she tied the knot with Prince Charles in 2005.

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For World Book Day, Beatrice opened up to The Evening Standard about how reading was a big part of her life during the lockdown and the pandemic. She said books allowed her, her husband, and Woolf to bond.

The royal shared it had been a “great honor” for her to become Woolf's stepmother. She revealed that they'd bonded by going through some of her favorite bedtime stories.

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Beatrice, 32, said they'd enjoyed the special time of reading by going through all the entries for 2020’s Oscars Book Prize. She also shared how her stepson was being homeschooled during this term.

The royal revealed that she was helping him to engage with stories. She said she helped inspire his imagination, independence, humor, and creativity through books like Jim Field and Kes Grey’s “Oi Frog” books.

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According to a People magazine source, Princess Beatrice embraced Woolf as part of her life from the get-go. Another insider described Mozzi as a great and involved father, while Beatrice was fantastic as a stepmother.

The second source also shared that the trio had been on family vacations together and was very happy. During the same month they got married, Mozzi and Beatrice released their stunning wedding photos.

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