Princess Beatrice shares rare insight into life as a stepmum and ‘great honour’

Princess Beatrice has shared a rare insight into how she's dealing with the pressures of lockdown with her stepson, Christopher.

The four-year-old, known as Wolfie, is the son of the princess's husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, a millionaire property tycoon, who she married in a scaled-down wedding in Windsor last year.

On World Book Day, Beatrice, 32, discussed the benefits of reading in an article for the Evening Standard, saying being a stepmother to Christopher was a “great honour” and that reading with him had given her “remarkable” times during lockdown.

The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson said that Wolfie, who Mozzi shares with former partner Dara Huang, had been homeschooling, adding: "Helping him engage with stories is a great journey to inspire imagination, creativity, independence and humour.

"It is amazing how in between video calls and working through technology we have had more time in the day to enjoy reading and it’s shown how important is has been to step away from the screen and jump into worlds unknown through the help of books.”

The princess and Mozzi, who began dating in Autumn 2018, said "I Do" at All Saints Chapel in Windsor last year, following Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.

The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family.

However, while Mozzi might have married into the Royal Family, it's Beatrice who inherited a title. The princess of York has been given the Italian title of "Contessa" from Mozzi's father – the Italian equivalent of a countess.

Mr Mapelli Mozzi is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Williams-Ellis and is a count himself.

Beatrice is ninth in line to the throne, and a cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry.

Her sister Princess Eugenie gave birth to her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank in February, giving The Queen her ninth great-grandchild.

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