Property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was still sharing his life and London home with Chinese-American Dara Huang when he met Princess Beatrice.
But, happily, Edoardo’s ex-fiancee does not appear to hold grudges.
Dara has shared a New Year’s message with friends online in which she expresses her gratitude for the support she has received in the past year and pledges to ‘forgive’.
News of Beatrice’s relationship with Edoardo, 35, known as Edo, was made public in November.
Pictured: Property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Dara Huang
News of Beatrice’s relationship with Edoardo was made public in November
‘Thank you for the love and support I got from everyone . . . for my strength and blessings,’ Dara writes in the positive message. ‘Love, laugh, share, forgive.’ Next to it is a photograph of her with her two-year-old son by Edo, Christopher ‘Wolfie’ Woolf.
Old friends, the romance between Beatrice, 30, and Edo is said to have blossomed after her younger sister Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October.
However, they have still not been pictured together in public.
Before Christmas, the Daily Mail Diary pictured them leaving separately from swanky London private members’ club, Home House.
Exiting the venue in the early hours, the couple were careful to stagger their departures so they could not be pictured getting into the same Range Rover together.
The rest of Dara’s family appear to be less forgiving.
Her father, Po-Tien, a retired scientist with U.S. space agency Nasa, told this newspaper last month: ‘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?’
One of Edo’s friends said: ‘As always in these cases, there are two sides to the story.’
Friends of Prince Philip’s godson, Ashley Hicks, were saddened to read in this column in September that he had walked out on his pregnant wife, Kata de Solis, after only three years of marriage.
Now, the American fashionista, 37, who has an 11-month-old son, Caspian, with Hicks, has revealed she is staying close to her husband’s family.
‘We’re so lucky to live beside Lady Pamela,’ she says of Ashley’s mother, daughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
‘She’s the best grandmother.’
So friendly are they that Lady Pamela, who was one of the Queen’s bridesmaids, has helped name her unborn boy.
‘His name will be Horatio,’ Kata tells Tatler. ‘Lady Pamela has also decided his nickname should be Dickie.’
It will be a touching tribute to Lord Mountbatten, who was known as Dickie. He was assassinated by the IRA in 1979.
Strictly lovestruck- Arlene’s a grandma
Pictured: Arlene Phillips with her daughter Alana at the Olivier Awards in 2014
Arlene Phillips has received the sweetest Christmas gift: the former Strictly judge is dancing with joy after becoming a grandmother.
Her daughter, make-up artist Alana, 40, has given birth to her first child, Lila Primrose Stewart (right). Alana married lawyer Henry Stewart in April.
‘Words cannot describe the love I am feeling,’ Arlene, 75, wrote online. ‘My heart is full.’
After becoming a grandmother Arlene Phillips posted a photo of her granddaughter on Instagram
Accused of turning Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders into ‘anti-Brexit propaganda’, BBC screenwriter Sarah Phelps is now taunting her critics.
Her Poirot murder mystery included references to British fascists and prejudice against foreigners.
Now, she promises: ‘See you next time when I rewrite Pride And Prejudice in a crack den.’