Criminal records and intense heartbreak: Inside Princess Beatrice's long search for love.

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When Princess Beatrice was 17, she fell in love with the wrong man.

It was 2005, and the princess started dating her “first love” Paolo Liuzzo in secret. But the relationship did not result in a happily ever after.

Three years before the relationship began, in 2002, Liuzzo was charged with the manslaughter of a fellow student during a brawl in the US, a sentence which was later reduced to assault. He was served a community sentence.

But in May 2006, in the midst of his relationship with Beatrice, the manslaughter charges re-emerged in the media, and the couple were forced to end their relationship.

Following the breakup, there were rumours that Liuzzo had flouted the conditions of his probation to holiday with Beatrice and her family in Switzerland, but that was not where Beatrice’s ties to Liuzzo truly ended.

In 2007, a year after the couple had parted ways, Liuzzo reportedly publicly embarrassed the family with claims that marijuana was smoked in the presence of Beatrice and her mother Sarah Ferguson on a family holiday in Jamaica.

Later, in 2009, though unrelated to the princess, the Courier Mail reports Liuzzo was fined $5000 for crashing into street lights, failing to return a hire car, paying a hotel bill with an expired credit card and being caught with cocaine on the Gold Coast during a holiday to Australia.

By that point, Beatrice had been with her boyfriend of a decade, Dave Clark, for three years.

Beatrice and Dave reportedly met in 2006 whilst studying at The University of Edinburgh, where Beatrice was introduced to Dave through her cousin, Prince William.

The initial meeting occurred at Pierce Brosnan’s son Sean’s party, and the pair instantly hit it off.


For the next decade, the couple were spotted enjoying the United Kingdom together, even running the London Marathon as a couple, until Beatrice moved to the United States with Dave for a year while he climbed the ranks of taxi app Uber.

In 2016, after ten years of dating, the couple split.

While it was reported to be amicable, mutual, and uncertain, there were rumours that Beatrice had given her ex-boyfriend a marriage ultimatum. However, this was ultimately refuted by a source who spoke to People at the time.

In 2018, two years after the couple separated, Dave Clark married advertising executive, Lynn Anderson, who he met whilst working in New York.

But luckily for Beatrice, she was not without love.

Earlier this month, the 30-year-old princess made her first debut with her new boyfriend, Edoardo Mapell Mozzi.

While reports about the relationship began to circulate in as early as November last year, the relationship became official when the 34-year-old property mogul escorted Beatrice to a gala at The National Portrait Gallery earlier this month.

According to The Sun, the couple have already been holidaying together.

“They’ve been on holidays together and Beatrice introduced him to Fergie and her dad,” an insider told the British paper.

“Things are moving very quickly and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they got engaged within a short period of time,” the source added.

The couple were introduced through a mutual friend, and are reportedly in “such a good place right now”.

Edoardo is the CEO of Banda (meaning “big shed” in Swahili) which he founded in 2007.


He is the step-son of Christopher Shale, a close friend of former-UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who died of a heart attack at Glastonbury in 2011.

The entrepreneur has been divorced and has a two-year-old son called Wolfie, and he specialises in “discreetly finding and developing multi-million pound homes,” according to The Sun.

Judging from his social media presence, he is a big cricket fan and involved in Cricket Builds Hope, a charity using the sport as a tool for positive social change in Rwanda.

Right on, Beatrice.

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