Sarah Ferguson’s sons-in-law briefly went into business with her & then walked away

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The Windsors like to pretend that they’ve modernized to the point where any prince or princess can marry for love and that those marriages are never about money. Yet there are persistent “transactional” vibes around many of the royal marriages, from Prince William using money from his trust to help the Middletons purchase their manor home in 2012 (a year after he married Kate), to Pippa Middleton’s terribly moderately wealthy husband having to drop £100,000 into James Middleton’s failing Nazi-marshmallow business soon after TMW James married Pippa. And God knows who got paid off with that suspicious story about a cannabis factory adjacent to Middleton Manor in Bucklebury. I mean… the financials of the Middleton/Windsor clan are sketchy as hell.

But guess what? The financials of the Yorks are f–king awful too. The Yorks’ finances have always been dripping with scandal and shenanigans. No one really knows how Andrew gained and then seemingly lost a fortune overnight, as soon as Jeffrey Epstein mysteriously died. No one knows how much money Epstein lent Andrew AND Fergie over the years. No one knows why Fergie always seems to be out of money, despite her lengthy history of moneymaking schemes. Considering all that is already known about Fergie AND Andrew’s finances, why in the world would anyone want to go into business with either of them? And why did Fergie’s two new sons-in-law not get the memo until now? From Sebastian Shakespeare’s Daily Mail column:

She has welcomed both her sons-in-law in gushing style, declaring ‘never has a mother been more proud’ than when Edo Mapelli Mozzi married Princess Beatrice last month. And she observed of Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank that they ‘float with laughter and love’. But these effusions have not, alas, dissuaded both men from cutting themselves adrift from the Duchess of York — in a commercial sense, that is. In a flurry of activity remarkable even by the sometimes haphazard pattern of Fergie’s business career, I can reveal she and Mapelli Mozzi and Brooksbank became the three directors of a company, Rumpel Water Ltd, which was incorporated on June 25. Yet only three weeks later, on July 13 — just four days before Mapelli Mozzi married Beatrice in a private ceremony at Windsor — both he and Brooksbank resigned, leaving Fergie as the company’s sole director.

A spokesman for Fergie attempts to unravel this brief but extraordinary chapter in British corporate history.

‘Both sons-in-law were going to get involved but then realised they didn’t have enough time to commit to it,’ he tells me, ‘so they resigned as directors.’ Rumpel, he adds, is a ‘water-cleansing company’ whose operations may ultimately be mainly overseas — although not at the moment. ‘It’s now dormant but will start up again at some point in the future,’ explains the spokesman.

It is difficult to envisage either of Fergie’s sons-in-law returning to the Rumpel board. Mapelli Mozzi heads his own highly successful property and design company, Banda. His former fiancée, Dara Huang, with whom he has a three-year-old son, recently relocated her office to the same Kensington building in West London in which Banda is based.

Brooksbank, formerly a manager at Mahiki, the Mayfair nightclub favoured by Princes William and Harry during their carefree youth, is now a brand ambassador for Casamigos, a tequila company co-founded by George Clooney.

[From The Daily Mail]

I mean, Jack is a tequila-shill who got paid to feature Casamigos at his royal wedding (a tacky factoid which is rarely mentioned) and Edo is a real estate guy who might not be as successful as the press would have people believe. Both men are smart enough to know that they shouldn’t get involved with Fergie or Andrew financially. So why did they? And what made them both quit so suddenly? Did it have anything to do with Ghislaine Maxwell being arrested on July 2nd, approximately one week after Edo, Fergie and Jack incorporated? Woooo, I sure wish some enterprising British journalists would focus some of their energy over here.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Great lead picture, Kaiser! She looks like she has horns sprouting out of her head!

  2. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    And people thought Brooksbank was a dullard!!

  3. Orca says:

    The timing here seems horribly suspicious. Going into business with Fergie, who has taken money from Epstein, Ghislaine is arrested a week later and then suddenly they resign? It seems like there could be a huge story here for British journalists to follow up on. But no, they are too busy worrying about Meghan possibly opening her own car door. Ridiculous🙄🙄🙄

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      There IS a HUGE story there allegedly. That’s why the press is going after Harry and Meghan. Fergie will sadly bumble from one disaster to another. She is one of those not so bright women who don’t realise how dumb they are.

    • Frida_K says:

      Yes, and this (and I quote), is odd too:

      “Mapelli Mozzi heads his own highly successful property and design company, Banda. His former fiancée, Dara Huang, with whom he has a three-year-old son, recently relocated her office to the same Kensington building in West London in which Banda is based.”

      There seems to be a lot going on under the surface here, and on many levels, too.

  4. Noki says:

    Honestly if it wasnt for her fancy accent and aristo background she would have been called all the trailer trash tacky names under the sun. She is nothing other than a glorified con woman.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      She is a Hooray Henrietta. Part of the rah, rah set. Her dad was very dodgy and so was her mother. Her family was closely connected to the RF through horses.

    • OK says:

      Fergie was actually a distant cousin of Diana’s. They are both descended from William Cavendish, Fourth Duke of Devonshire, which made them 4th cousins , the whole old-boy British upper crust is related in some way or other and could be relabeled Incest United. The Queens other non-royal grandmother was a Cavendish Bentink ( cousins of the Spencers). Even Charles and Camilla are distant cousins through the Cavendish line.

  5. Lori says:

    I doubt Fergie is any more clean from this mess than Ghisline was clean of Epstein’s mess. Im sure when the info comes out her name will come up as much as PA’s does.

  6. Duch says:

    I wonder if it was part of a structure for a family foundation. There’s some advantageous tax structures that can be set up in the US, if there’s a business concern that is part of the structure. It needs to be set up with a commercial concern, though. And someone outside the trust grantees must help set it up. The structure provides tax protection, and also some liability protection.

    I have no idea if there’s something similar in UK, but that’s what this sounds like to me.

    • shiba says:


    • OK says:

      Certain types of UK companies and foundations need three or four directors before it can be set up. After all the paperwork is done there is no legal requirement to maintain that number it can be reduced or expanded. The same thing happened with ‘The Sussex Foundation’ it stared out with four directors Harry, Meghan ,Sara Latham and Natalie Campbell. Sara and Natalie resigned their positions two months later, leaving Harry and Meghan in charge. This is probably the same sort of business set up.

  7. Jay says:

    One thing that listening to the Trump Inc podcast has taught me is that forming a company, especially a real estate company, is a great way to move money around, whether or not you complete a single project.

    Maybe a way to stash some cash with the in laws before your assets come under scrutiny by the FBI?

  8. Talie says:

    It doesn’t really sound like Jack has a lot of money if I’m reading this right – I guess his family does? Because I don’t think a nightclub manager or a brand ambassador are getting paid millions per year. I suspect they are heavily subsidized. Beatrice’s husband may be a different story – he actually does seem to full on work.

  9. minx says:

    They “didn’t have enough time to commit to it.” Uh huh.

  10. Mumbles says:

    For a woman who’s never had a successful business, she sure opens quite a few corporations. There has to be some money laundering going on here, or some method to pay people off. These two were well advised to run away.

    • Sarah says:

      It costs £13 to register a limited company and it’s a straightforward process you can do online (having done this myself last year). Now, the shady things you can do once you have registered your company with yourself as a director I can’t help you with but I assume they are numerous.

  11. Esme says:

    Poor guys. I mean, rich, privileged and everything, but they truly have the worst in-laws: arrogant, spoiled, dumb, and dodgy.
    I imagine the two sons-in-law will end up as friends, after years of embarrassed, eye-rolling York-wrangling.

  12. Hope says:

    This entire family is so unhealthily enmeshed. Eugenie just puts on the best public face but all four Yorks seem very dysfunctional.

  13. notasugarhere says:

    A ‘water-cleansing company’?

    Well, laundering something anyway.

  14. DiegoInSF says:

    From the header pic on the main page I thought it was a very tired looking Lena Dunham.

  15. Digital Unicorn says:

    I don’t blame them she has previous for financial mismanagement through limited companies/partnerships. Any business she has been involved in has gone bankrupt with allegations she used money to fund her out of control spending habits.

  16. Coco says:

    Rumpel, huh? So I assume at the first meeting with her sons-in-law, she announced she would spin their water into gold in exchange for their first born children.

  17. SJR says:

    Fergie is a hot mess in her money matters, has been for decades.
    Why would anyone go into business with her?
    Nope, nope.

    Can’t believe anyone would want to marry into the BRF these days. The Firm is on Fire.

  18. MaryContrary says:

    Oh but Meghan didn’t know the protocol of where to put her handbag or cross her legs while with the Queen: that’s the real scandal.

  19. MA says:

    They probably resigned because they’re realized it was shady.

  20. sarah1 says:

    The first thing that went through my mind was that they did it to benefit Fergie, never intending to stay, but to set something up for her, as she has no assets and could not do that on her own, so she needed their help to set up a money-making enterprise, then left. But what do I know.

  21. Amelie says:

    I’ve never read up on Fergie much but she always seems to have her foot half in some scandal or other, usually financial. I’ve always felt sorry for Beatrice and Eugenie for having such self-involved, stupid parents. I know they aren’t perfect either but they do seem rather well-adjusted considering all their parents’ shenanigans. I can’t imagine what it’s been like for both of them having their father mishandle the Epstein scandal so badly. I’m surprised Jack and Edo agreed, even for a hot second, to be co-directors of any company with Fergie given her well-documented shady past. They obviously had a come to Jesus moment, thank God.

    Also random but this detail from Jack Brooksbank’s Wiki page amused me: “A half-third cousin twice-removed of Princess Eugenie through Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, Brooksbank’s great-grandfather was Sir Jack Coke, a Gentleman Usher to King George VI and Extra Gentleman Usher to Queen Elizabeth II and his great-uncle was the 3rd Baron Hamilton of Dalzell.” So Eugenie and Jack are distantly related somehow which I guess shouldn’t be a huge surprise. But I guess all the British upper class/aristo set are if you go far back enough.

  22. PippiLongdivision says:

    I’m with Sarah1 – my first thought was that she’s so shady that she needed other more “respectable” or “reliable” “businesspeople” to back her up in forming the company. I’m not familiar with UK business law, but I used to work in a VA/D.C. law firm and have a passing acquaintance with the legal side if forming businesses this side of the pond . . . it seems plausible this was a deal they planned from the start; lend their “good” names to the enterprise to get it started, then peace out (undercover of some farcical Sussex smear) before (more) questionable goings on tarnish their reputations on paper.

  23. Olenna says:


  24. The Recluse says:

    Can you begin to imagine how long most of us could survive on the money that Andrew and Fergie have blown throughout their lives?!

    • Sid says:

      Their level of greed must be insane. I know Fergie did not get a good divorce settlement in the end, but considering all her endorsements, book deals, and tacky merchandise lines over the years, with some prudent investing she should have been able to live comfortably. And if Edward and his family seemed to be able to live well enough over at Bagshot without too many whisperings of sketchy activity, Andrew shouldn’t have had to involve himself in so many questionable dealings for money. Greed. SMH.

  25. pamspam says:

    I misread this as “went into the bushes with her” and was expecting a very different story.

  26. Elizabeth says:

    “No one knows why Fergie always seems to be out of money” — because she is a major spendthrift with luxury tastes and refuses to deny herself. Oh man.

  27. A says:

    There is some level of fucksh-t happening here, financially speaking. Andrew is a grubber, as is Fergie. Andrew shielded himself behind Fergie’s open grubbing for decades, all while profiting and benefiting from it himself. F-ck him, and f-ck her, and f-ck all the rest of these far too rich idiots.

  28. Mariane says:

    Awkward Edo is clearly in it for the money! Just look at their body language…
    Jack however, I wonder if casamingo knows about this🤔they might be worried with his link to amdrew and a financial situation might make it worse as Epstein victims are suing ghislane & his estate