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September 24, 2021

Princess Beatrice Had a Decade-long Relationship with Another Man before Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

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The Queen's beloved granddaughter Princess Beatrice had had a long walk to finding true love. Before her blissful marriage to husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the mother of one was on an adventure to find her Mr. Right.

The royal family has written some of the world's most interesting love stories, such as the decades-long romance between the ruling British monarch Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip, not to mention Edward VIII who abdicated his throne in pursuit of his American love interest.

While the Queen's descendants would have hoped for similar luck as hers when finding love, it was not exactly smooth sailing for some who had to endure a few bumpy rides along the way.

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Princess Beatrice, the Queen's granddaughter, is happily married to her husband, Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi with whom she shares a child.

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While things look blissful between them, the Princess had to go through a couple of relationships before finding "the one."

Initially, Beatrice was in a decade-long relationship with American Uber executive Dave Clark, and the former couple was spotted publicly together, but after realizing a future was not in view for them, they decided to split up.

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A LITTLE ABOUT BEATRICE

By right and birth, Princess Beatrice should be addressed by "Her Royal Highness" since she's the oldest daughter of Sarah, Duchess of York, and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, but she prefers to be treated normally without much formality.

The 33-year-old believed her title might make it difficult to make friends as it would unsettle people. Instead, she wants to be approachable and have people love her for who she is.

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Beatrice, who is often perceived as quiet and serious, is very different from her younger sister Princess Eugenie who was born on August 8, 1988. She spent her growing years close to her family, unlike Eugenie, who preferred life at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

Beatrice is a known hard worker and a hot brain. Despite suffering from dyslexia, the mother of one put a smile on her family's face with her grades which she said was inspired by the diligence of her parents.

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As she grew into her late teens, Beatrice became more independent after becoming a university student in 2008, studying History at Goldsmiths College in London. This would be the first time she would be staying on her own.

During her time college years, Beatrice moved into an apartment at St James' Palace and was noticeably more mature. The changes were linked to her love life as she was in a serious relationship at the time. 

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HER RELATIONSHIPS

Beatrice's choice of a lover had always caused controversies and made headlines, leaving questions about her criteria for choosing a partner.

Paolo Liuzzo, her first known boyfriend in 2005, was reported to have had a dark past after he was charged with manslaughter in 2002 over the death of a fellow student during a brawl back in the United States.

His record came to light in 2006, and the public reacted strongly to his past. It was revealed that he pleaded guilty to his crime and, in return, got lesser punishment and was put on probation and community service.

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Following the strong reaction over the relationship between the then 17-year-old Beatrice and Liuzzo, her parents were forced to release a statement emphasizing their trust in their daughter.

Liuzzo and Beatrice met through mutual friends and began dating, but his disgraced past put a dark cloud over their relationship, and it did not take long before they broke up. He was later arrested for the possession of cocaine.

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DAVID CLARK

After dating her American bad-boy boyfriend, Beatrice's next adventure would last for a decade. Beatrice and Clark started a relationship in 2006. The pair reportedly met at Pierce Brosnan's son's birthday party, and the attraction was intense.

Clark was first friends with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, after the duo met at a course. William then introduced Clark to his younger cousin, and surprisingly, both parties fell for each other.

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Clark and Beatrice soon moved to the US, where Clark headed taxi app Uber, and Beatrice secured a job at a consultancy in New York City. The former couple were often spotted at events together and looked like the item of the decade.

Clark and Beatrice had an influential circle of friends that included other high-profile celebrity couples such as Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Donna Air and James Middleton, and Holly and Nick Candy.

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Beatrice and her former lover bonded over several mutual interests, which included sports. The duo ran the 2010 marathon together and was a constant support to Beatrice's cousin Zara Phillips throughout her appearance at the 2012 Olympics.

Clark had a good relationship with Beatrice's parents and sometimes accompanied them on trips to the Bahamas and the Swiss skiing resort of Verbier.

He also attended family functions like Princess Eugenie's birthday parties and charity events hosted by Beatrice's mom, Sarah Ferguson.

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THE SPLIT

After spending a decade together, the couple reportedly took time to discuss their future and wondered why they had not yet gotten married. Their split was said to be a mutual decision.

Close sources allege that Beatrice grew tired of their relationship not leading to marriage, and she gave him the option of popping the question or taking the door, and he chose to walk away.

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CLARK MARRIES LYNN ANDERSON

While their friends were still shocked over their split, it did not take long for Clark to move on and find the woman of his dreams. 

Two months after his split from the British princess, Clark met and proposed to advertising executive Lynn Anderson and their wedding was the talk of the town.

The new couple tied the knot at a five-star coastal resort in Puglia, Italy, and had some high-profile friends in attendance.

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WEDDING MOZZI

Finally, Beatrice married her long-time friend, Italian business tycoon Mozzi, whom she had known for more than a decade. The duo was said to have rolled in the same circle but never thought of being together.

Their marriage was scarcely attended by many due to the global health scare, but it was nonetheless a moment of joy for Beatrice, who had to endure different tales before finding love.

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