Are these new photos of Princess Beatrice & Edoardo Mozzi suspiciously timed?

Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Annabel’s Private Members Club in London

Princess Beatrice of York stepped out last night in London with her boyfriend of less than a year, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. They went to Annabel’s, the members-only club popular with the posh, the aristocrats and the royals. For some reason, these photos are getting a lot of play in the British media and I’m curious as to why – these are not the first photos of Beatrice and Edoardo, and the “Beatrice wants to marry this guy” narrative has been around for months already. I mean, they’re nice photos, but why were they close to the top of the Daily Mail’s headlines last night? Well, I have a theory.

My theory is the same one being circulated by many long-time royal watchers: there will be a lot of stories and photos of the other royals right now, because they’re all trying to distract from the Duke of York, Beatrice’s father. Prince Andrew’s name has been popping up all over the place because of Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest last weekend. One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, claimed that Epstein “gave” her to Prince Andrew three times when she was underage. She also said Epstein paid her $10,000 for sleeping with Andrew. When her story came out in 2015, the palace issued a statement and “emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

Virginia Roberts is still talking this week, and after she issued a statement about her happiness that Epstein was re-arrested, her lawyer told journalists that it was more than possible that Andrew might be called in to give testimony about Epstein’s behavior. Her lawyer (David Boies) also said: “If they call him he won’t answer and they can’t go over there to the UK and get him.” As to whether the prince would have anything useful to say, Mr Boies said: “Yes and no, I think it’s all cumulative.”

So that’s why we’re seeing photos of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo right now. I kind of think it would be smarter for the York princesses to just start their summer holidays right now and go undercover for a few months – after all, it’s not like Beatrice and Eugenie did anything wrong, and they should absolutely not be blamed for their father’s grossness and criminality. But I guess Buckingham Palace thinks it’s A-OK to use the younger princesses and duchesses as human shields for the Queen’s favorite son.

Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Annabel’s Private Members Club in London

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I have thought something was up with the York coverage over the past few months anyway so this just fits right in. Maybe because Kate and Meghan have been relatively out of sight, so this gives them a young royal to cover, or maybe something more.

    But yes, its getting suspicious. “Andrew linked to Epstein, oh, look, here’s Beatrice!!!”

    I will say that I think she looks really good here.

    • Tigerlily says:

      I even wondered if the UK ambassador’s faux pas (his opinions on Drumpf being leaked/hacked) was the start of a campaign to move spotlight away from Randy Andy. Maybe my radar is off…..I just find it odd that a career diplomat would make such a big oops.

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        I was saddened to hear that the British ambassador quit because he was speaking the truth about Drumpf. It has also come to light that the Russians hacked the British and exposed the letters. The Ambassador should not have resigned, he was speaking the truth.

  2. Seraphina says:

    Yet Meghan is vilified by the press and the ignoramuses. Let the light shine where it should to expose those who do wrong not made up stories or adding “sauce” to make others look bad.

    • Susannah says:

      It’s so suspicious! The tabloids would usually be all over a salacious story like Epstein with all of his connections to famous people but instead, they’re covering Meghan supposedly not wanting to be photographed at Wimbledon as the headline story. Are they covering for just Andrew or Trump and other people in the establishment too?

      • Mignionette says:

        Someone asked Chris Ship on Twitter why the RRs were not covering Epstein and he responded that he would when the FBI presented more information.

        That pretty much indicates that the Palace are all over the RRs and they are terrified of being sued or excommunicated from the Royal Rota.

        I cannot wait for the trial to begin in earnest and with it for Andrew to be named in the sworn witness statements. Also please let there be more photos and a money trail. It’s going to be CARNAGE.

        Finally I got to thinking recently that the real reason that Andrew keeps Fergie close may have more to do with protecting himself by protecting her. Left alone Fergie is a liability with many vulnerabilities which RRs could have exploited by now. But their unorthodox living situation is probably more for his protection. It may also explain why Epstein has paid off her debts in the past as a way of compensating her for her silence. If that is the case then potentially both Andy and Fergie will go down.

      • Tourmaline says:

        The connection between Andrew/Epstein/Ghislaine Maxwell/Virginia Roberts came out in 2015. Including the pictures of Andrew and Virginia with Ghislaine lurking in the background, and the pictures of Andrew with Epstein talking on a NYC street taken around 2010, and that Epstein gave money to Fergie.

        Andrew rode out that scandal pretty much unscathed. I haven’t seen much new information in the current Epstein stories re Andrew beyond that reported in the past.

        The 2015 stories said that the royal law firm, Harbottle and Lewis, were going full out defending Andrew and threatening media about it to the full extent of the law. I’m sure they are doing the same now.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        They will cover Andrew if/when they get the information to use, otherwise the Palace will sic their lawyers on them.

        Its worth noting that not only was Andrew friends with Epstein but its also alleged he was involved with EP’s ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell. Google her defamation lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre, its an interesting read.

      • Tourmaline says:

        @Mignionette I totally agree with you about the Andrew/Fergie dynamics.

        It is weird as hell that they have been divorced 20 years and live together and she fawns over him in an ostentatious manner. When they are out together at events like weddings I don’t get a warm loving, “we are a couple” vibe from him. More like they are locked together in some sinister pact.

        I’m sure they both love their daughters, blah blah blah but the daughters are 30ish now and I don’t get why Fergie can’t find her own place to live.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Tourmaline, I agree 110% with your assessment of Andrew and Sarah, spot on!

      • DM2 says:

        Epstein hosted a dinner for Prince Andrew in 2010, which would probably be around the same time as that picture of the two of them was taken on the NY street:

  3. Eliza says:

    Eh, these two are photographed at least once a week. Their entire relationship is walking around being photographed. If it was Eugenie, who is not pap’d often, I be on board with the theory. Bea is with a user who loves the publicity. Run, girl.

    • Becks1 says:

      legit LOL at “their entire relationship is walking around being photographed.”

    • Kim says:

      Yep, he definitely looks like a user. I feel sorry for her, even if they keep it together long enough to make it to the alter, I see this ending in tears and heartbreak for her.
      After the whole debacle with her long term boyfriend, I hope she ends up with a good guy.

      • Eliza says:

        Dave was a user too. She’s got a terrible picker. But I do see these two racing down the aisle and a big splashy divorce to follow. Sigh.

      • minx says:

        They seem like a terrible match.

    • OuiOkay says:

      How do you guys know he’s a user, what happened? Or is it just that he’s pretty good looking ?

      • Eliza says:

        Edo left his live-in partner and 3 month old baby for Bea. He’s also got sketchy businesses.

      • duchesschicana says:

        Its the rumors people are going by, Wolfe, his kid was a toddler; walking and using a cell phone by the time Bea and Edo got togther as shown by the photos published in the articles that the ex allowed to be public. .

        Edo has physical custody of his child as his ex often travels for work she is quite often away on buisness and she visits and dotes on her child when she can. Edo and Dara are both buissness savey people.

        RUMor has gas it there was cheating going on no or says the ex as she collaberated with the press selling her story and photos of tne child. No one knows for fact , what actually happened, but a aticle that says ‘a princess stole my man.’ will sell more compared to, ‘a princess is dating my ex.’

        I don’t know what is the truth when it comes to that story to much confliciting stuff/rumors. I do know Edo and Dara seem like on better terms and occasionally collaberate together on business it seems or least promoteing each others work.

      • Starkiller says:

        Good-looking?? Seriously???

    • Tourmaline says:

      I agree, she (Bea) is definitely out and about at nightspots in London on the reg, so there is nothing notable about her being photographed doing that this week.

  4. A random commenter says:

    Of course it’s because of Epstein. Everyone predicted a flurry of Royal stories to distract the masses and they were right.

    • Citresse says:

      A new accuser has stepped forward saying Epstein raped her at age 15. She is providing a lot of information.

  5. Mira says:

    I can’t focus on reading the story because their matching facial expressions in the first pic are so mesmerizing.

  6. Megan says:

    Bea looks great, but the crazy eyes in the top photo are crazy.

    • Margareth says:

      I was thinking the same!

    • elimaeby says:

      She always looks at least mildly startled to me.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        That’s her eyes. Doesn’t it run in the family?

      • a says:

        She has big eyes and is not a model or actress so doesn’t pose or know how to pose for the cameras when she’s having photos taken. I don’t think she can help it.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        Even as a little girl, Bea had big eyes. She always looks wide-eyed to me.

    • olive says:

      i think beatrice’s big eyes are beautiful but i’m always struck by how similar he looks to her in pap photos – he also looks startled and wide-eyed. they look like they could be siblings to me.

    • duchesschicana says:

      Its probably the case of her eyes and the paps choosing unusual bad photos to publish. I honestly think they prefer to publish bad or at least semi bad photos of the York princesses whenever they cna . I dont know in this instance, but ocassionally the paps are right in her face or way to close to her. You see towards the end they get in her face—march-13-princess-beatrice-chased

  7. Citresse says:

    Yes, distractions…..People magazine is running its Top Story about Sussexes in their baby joy. H&M have not provided an interview or more photos.

    • Eliza says:

      Since when does People need an interview to make top headline? Otherwise Jennifer Aniston wouldn’t have a cult following her womb.

  8. Catwoman says:

    He’s pinging my gaydar big time.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Why? If it’s because he’s well groomed, I wish more men would groom themselves better.

    • Wandsworth says:

      What a gross outdated expression.

    • Maryrose says:

      ME TOO, I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE. He’s gay. He will be running around on her, but with the boys. She’ll take a lover. Those aristocrats. What a bunch.

  9. marjorie says:

    Question for the legal experts – could a royal be prosecuted and thrown in jail if they committed a serious crime? It seems like they are made of teflon. Hypothetically speaking, of course 😉

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Given that it’s 2019 and not 1019…let’s hope so but it would likely depend on the country’s laws and whether in this situation they find some way to give him diplomatic immunity. Also, another country could charge him with a crime, but then he would need to be extradited to face trial. I am not a lawyer and everything I know I learned from reading Celebitchy. ; )

    • Becks1 says:

      I would think yes, but I think for many things it would be such a headache, both legally and from a PR standpoint, that the government/police just wouldn’t bother. And unfortunately I think that even goes to Andrew and Epstein. the US isn’t going to cause an international incident by indicting him or even questioning him, so I think Andrew will face a PR nightmare as more details come out, but no jeopardy of being arrested.

    • marjorie says:

      I would just hope that he would face the same punishment as someone else who committed the same crime.

    • Megan says:

      There is no way Prince Andrew will be asked to testify, much less be charged. Aside from the diplomatic implications, Trump’s love fest with the BRF combined with Barr’s toadyism ensures Andrew is in the clear.

      • Wandsworth says:

        Megan, Barr doesn’t control who testifies.

      • Megan says:

        Barr ultimately controls SDNY. He can control who testifies.

      • Wandsworth says:

        …. no. That’s really not how this works. There are plenty of reasons Andrew will escape this noose but I’d like to hear what processes and policies you think mean Barr can control who testifies if Berman has a witness he wants to put on the stand?

      • Megan says:

        Have we learned nothing over the past two and half years? Everyone in this administration is disposable. If Beaman wants him to testify and Trump doesn’t, Berman will simply be replaced by a more compliant US attorney.

      • Giddy says:

        Virginia Roberts, who is in the famous photo with Prince Andrew, worked at Mar-a-Lago as a towel girl when she was 15. Epstein, Andrew, Trump, plus she is saying that Epstein “loaned” her to famous men that she is willing to name. It’s going to really get crazy.

      • Hyenas says:

        Which policies or processes do you think will stop the SDNY from calling a witness to testify if he or she can provide evidence in a trial?

      • Megan says:

        There don’t need to be any policies or procedures because Trump simply does what he wants and has yet to be held accountable for anything. Trump obstructed justice in plain sight and will do so again if it suits his purposes. Barr didn’t unrecuse himself for fun. Trump intends to meddle in this case.

      • BucketO says:

        Barr didn’t “unrecuse” himself. He stays recused from the SDFlorida-related matters. He never offerred to recuse himself from the SDNY matters.

    • Mignionette says:

      I think that given the Metoo movement and Jimmy Saville scandal in the UK, that Andy being implicated would be the death knell for him.

      I cannot see him benefiting kind of RF protection/ much less Sovereign Immunity if he is heavily implicated and concrete evidence is found.

      In essence if the FBI find any kind of conclusive evidence linking him to this he is toast. The RF is built to survive and they will find a way to isolate him. Charles will happily thrown him under the Epstein express himself to save his precious monarchy to ascend the throne.

  10. lana86 says:

    Boies?? The Theranos ex-lawyer?? Wow

    • TheOtherOne says:

      Boies also use to be the Harvey Weinstein lawyer.

    • Wandsworth says:

      Boies’ firm is a large, well-respected firm. They’ve had clients on all sides of the aisle.

    • minx says:

      Boies was also Gore’s lawyer in Bush v. Gore 2000 recount, and the Prop. 8 same sex marriage case.

  11. Dark and Stormy says:

    I have big eyes too, I practice sometimes relaxing them a bit so I don’t have such a startled look but when I’m excited or mad they’re huge lol. Anyway she is a very pretty woman and I hope that guy is cool to her.

  12. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    Eh, we ALL knew this was coming. I will predict by summer’s end we’ll get a pregnancy announcement by Eug., too, and a fall engagement announcement as this Epstein pot begins to boil. Also, look for a LOT more (than the usual ONE) pics of the Cam Kids going off to school. The palace will slip into overdrive to protect Mummy’s favorite sleezeball. Oh, and look for eve MORE articles from Freeloading Fergie extolling the virtues of Good Dad Pedo Andy.

  13. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    Wasn’t this guy living with his fiancee and small child when he left her for Beatrice? He’s a huge POS. Im surprised the palace would want these two to distract from anything. They are a scandal themselves.

    • knowitall says:

      Yes, and apparently he blindsided his ex

    • Chimney says:

      Yes he was living with his fiancee and baby when he gave them the boot. His son would have been 1 when he got together with Beatrice and people don’t seem to talk about it much. Beatrice has awful taste in men honestly. Or maybe she just felt pressure from her sister’s wedding and gravitated towards whoever was nearby. I hope they don’t make it to the altar for her sake. He seems opportunistic and slimy.

    • duchesschicana says:

      Wolfe, his kid was a toddler; walking and using a cell phone by the time they got togther as shown by the photos published in ther articles.

      I dont think Edo and Dara were engaged .There would been an announcement in society pappers, just liike his sister’s was announced. He has physical custody of his child as his ex often travels for work she is quite often away on buisness and she visits and dotes on her child when she can. Edo and Dara are both buissness savey people and still colliberate it seems , His ex loves to instagram I never noticed a patricular ring or an annoncemnt from her sm for all I know they could have been but it doesnt seem so.

      I don’t know what is the truth when it comes to that story to much confliciting stuff/rumrs I do know they seem like on better terms and occasionally collaberate together on business it seems or least promote each others work.

  14. Josie says:

    The Royal Instagram account posted multiple photos of the Duke of York at an engagement yesterday. They’re not hiding him yet. And I don’t think the weekly pap walk by Beatrice and her Beau has anything to do with Epstein — although, give it time.

  15. Mitzy says:

    And the fact that her mother has been trotted out a lot alongside Andrew at events also speaks volumes on look at Andrew, isn’t he just a wonderful family man. Yuk!

  16. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I get the weirdest vibes from these two. Run, Bea, run. Gah.

  17. Algernon says:

    Why *is* Andrew the queen’s favorite son?

    • Maria says:

      I think he was the make-up baby after a difficult period in the Queen’ s marriage.

    • Citresse says:

      Sometimes I wonder because he’s such a sleazebag.
      Charles’ former valet Stephen Barry stated Andrew, as a youngster, used to sneak up behind the BP footmen and hit the back of their heads.
      I think the answer has to do with the fact Andrew was perhaps the reconciliation baby with Philip, though some believe Philip is not the father.
      Andrew is also a Falklands war vet which pleases HM.
      HM also seems to favour bad boys. I mean, look at Philip; his actions and words over the years.

      • Maria says:

        The more interesting story is that Andrew was a result of an affair between the Queen and her racing manager, Lord Somebody. Let’s face it he looks nothing like Phillip.
        The official version is that the Queen had been on the throne for 8 years, much comfortable with her role, and she and the Duke always wanted more children.

      • Citresse says:

        I think in terms of the extent of sleazebaggery from Andrew, HM lives in total denial.
        She probably tells herself Andrew is a harmless bad boy, it’s all lies about Andrew etc….
        HM really is a cold-hearted individual, I mean ice running through her veins.
        However, there were times HM shed tears when visiting the British people during very tragic circumstances. So, I’m pretty sure it’s denial about Andrew.

      • Jaded says:

        The gossip around Lord Porchester being Andrew’s real father is nonsense. The story that Andrew had been conceived while Philip was on an overseas tour in early 1959 is entirely false as Andrew was born 10 months after Prince Philip returned home. Prince Edward looks nothing like Philip either–they both take after their mother while Charles and Anne take after their father.

        I think HM has always spoiled Andrew–it’s the “second son” syndrome, but as Charles moves towards taking over the reign he’s certainly edging Andrew more and more out of the picture. He’s made no secret of the fact that he wants to streamline and modernize the monarchy and realizes Andrew is a loose canon. As this Epstein thing blows up again I think Andrew will pretty much have to go into hiding. He’s as guilty as sh*t of canoodling with underage girls.

      • Algernon says:

        I can believe the Falklands War thing, especially since Charles was such a disappointment as an officer.

      • olive says:

        @Maria Andrew not resembling Phillip doesn’t mean anything as far as paternity goes, considering it’s clear he very strongly resembles his mother. i’ve never thought any of their kids look much like Phillip, tbh – except maybe Anne, but all of the boys seem to take more after the queen.

  18. Jb says:

    How many girlfriends do you think this guy has on the side?

  19. bitchyarchitect says:

    Is anyone else getting Jude Law/Dickie Greenleaf from the “Talented Mr. Ripley ” vibes from this guy?

    • Tourmaline says:

      “The Talented Mr. Mapelli Mozzi”. haha I love that movie! But this guy is nowhere as gorgeous as Jude Law unfortunately.

    • lobstah says:

      YESSSSSS! Totally see that. Aww man, Jude Law was dreeeeamy in that movie.

  20. MrsBanjo says:

    Omid Scobie just tweeted about both Meghan and Kate out with their kids at polo today. Which in general makes sense, but with everything going on with Epstein and Andrew, seems too well timed.

    • Becks1 says:

      I am really surprised to see Archie there, but excited!!!

    • BucketO says:

      It’s wild how thick they’re laying it on!

    • STEPHANIE says:

      The annual polo match a distraction from Epstein. Since 2011 when the allegations came up William got married, had kids 1 2 3 and christenings for them, Harry got married and had a kid . And Andrews children walk the street everyday, and one got married. Yes all that was just a distraction for prince Andrew. You all know how stupid that sounds

    • Olenna says:

      Unfortunately, it is only Meghan who is being criticized for, you know, her “attention-seeking ways”. The haters refuse to believe she’s there for any other reason. She’s even being called out for bringing Archie out and exposing him to the elements.

  21. Vanessa says:

    This is clearly as day another ploy to distract the public from Andrew and his allegation involving with Jeff. The palace is going to use everything in their power to protect Andrew the newly time hit pieces about Meghan at Wimbledon the pictures of Beatrice with her boyfriend at a famous membership club don’t be surprised if we don’t see some pictures of the most important regal future queen Kate out and about with her kids being normal and down earth .

    • Kebbie says:

      Already photographed out today. Meghan and Archie too.

      • BucketO says:

        I feel for both of them today, Kate and Meghan. Were they planning to go to polo today? Most likely. Did orders come from on all to bring all the kids? Clearly. It’s awful they’re being used to distract and probably don’t feel as though they can say no.

  22. Fluffy Princess says:

    I don’t have a good feeling about this guy. His family has known the Yorks for years and years.

    As we see from the “president’s” “friends”– grifters, liars, thieves and miscreants all find each other and hang out together. Good people do not hang out with gross, manipulative shysters for years and years. Like hangs out with Like. So, I worry Bea will have her heart broken again, in the end.

  23. caty says:

    And did it ever occur to you that both Princess’s are more than happy to help in the distraction/defence of their father? It is beyond obvious that they adore BOTH their parents so for you to infer that the palace is “using” them and NOT mentioning how they are more than likely complicit in that narrative is beyond ridiculous.

    • MsIam says:

      Sounds plausible to me since Daddy is still supporting them, or at least still supporting Bea. I would think Eugenie and her husband are self-supporting now, but who knows?

      • Tourmaline says:

        I really doubt Eugenie is self-supporting. Last I heard Eugenie and her husband were living at Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.

        I agree @caty that both princesses are probably used to being human shields for their shady parents and potentially complicit. I think both Andrew and Fergie are really strange people. It will be very interesting what happens after the Queen’s reign ends because the Yorks get away with things that they wouldn’t be able to without her.

  24. duchesschicana says:

    They are usually out and about I think it’s the case the pas being the paps. Heck, once the paps followed her in a airport in La for what seemed lik a buissness trip and they seem to startle her a bit. Next it will be Eugenie is being pregnant to distract the public or Beatrice is engaged for distraction. Honestly, the York prIncesses have thier own lives to live, yeah i don’t doubt they probably will do something to distract , but I think they have thier own lives too.

  25. Jerry4 says:

    At least once a week Eugenie or Beatrice are photographed. And a simple google search can confirm this.
    The girls get out of circulation or hide, that’s ridiculous.

  26. JanetDR says:

    She looks terrific in that dress! I have done all the thinking about predators that I can handle today , so that’s it.

  27. A says:

    I don’t think it’s suspiciously timed or particularly out of the ordinary for them to be out and about. But I think that the press attention has seen a bit of an uptick since the Epstein stuff. And this article (hilariously) mentions that they’ve been talking about wedding plans during dinner. I would not be surprised if we see more and more heavy-handed articles insinuating impending nuptials, all the way up to some kind of actual wedding depending on how far the Epstein stuff goes in reaching Andrew. In the off chance he’s actually getting carted off to jail (in a fantasy timeline that we don’t live in), I can totally see them tying the knot, and then having a tragic spread in British Vogue about how Andrew tearfully had to give away his daughter before being taken away to prison. And then there’ll be eight million articles blaming Meghan somehow for all of it.

  28. Sass says:

    These were totally set up. Their faces in the first shot say it all. They are not even trying to be convincing 😂

  29. Dani says:

    He’s really cute! They look good together but whats with the weird collar on his shirt??