TALK OF THE TOWN: Broody Princess Beatrice sets her eye on a sprawling £3million family home in the Cotswolds
Amid a flurry of rumours that ten months after their wedding Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi are feeling broody, I hear they are on the lookout for a sizeable family home in or around the Cotswolds.
Earlier this month they visited a sprawling property in Oxfordshire with a ‘party barn’ and a swimming pool, thought to be on the market at about £3 million.
My source tells me: ‘The owner was very excited Bea had been round, though she tried to keep it quiet.’
If Bea and Edo go for the home – and sources say they are both keen to put in an offer – then Prince Harry‘s polo pal George Spencer-Churchill and his wife Camilla could be neighbours as their ancestral seat Blenheim Palace is right next door.
Earlier this month Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi visited a sprawling property in Oxfordshire with a ‘party barn’ and a swimming pool, thought to be on the market at about £3 million
The Cotswolds would also be ideal for Beatrice to visit her close friend Kate Moss, who lives in Little Faringdon.
Ellie Goulding isn’t too far either: the singer is renting in the Cotswolds, an area which is also home to the Daylesford Estate, run by JCB magnates Lord and Lady Bamford.
If she’s lucky Bea can count herself as part of the Chipping Norton set too, as the home they have their eye on is just a short drive to the town that’s home to David and Victoria Beckham, the exclusive Soho Farmhouse, and Bea’s widowed mother- in-law, whose £1.5 million home the Princess stayed in over lockdown.
My news means that the couple – who tied the knot last July in a socially-distanced wedding at Windsor Castle with 15 friends and family, including the Queen – must be set to hand back Beatrice’s £20,000- a-year four-bedroom apartment in St James’s Palace.
She shared it with sister Eugenie for several years, but Eugenie is said to have moved to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s old home – Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage – with husband Jack Brooksbank.
If Bea and Edo go for the home – and sources say they are both keen to put in an offer – then Prince Harry’s polo pal George Spencer-Churchill (above)
Bea and Edo started their relationship in unconventional fashion, with Bea in New York and Edo living in a West London family home he bought for his ex-girlfriend Dara Huang and son Wolfie, before they broke up.
Wolfie remained there while Edo and Dara took turns to stay the night. Dara is now moving to Belgravia with her new partner.
Another source says: ‘Edo is keen to give Wolfie a brother or sister, and a sprawling manor house would be the perfect place to start their family.’
Poppy Delevingne gave Gwyneth Paltrow a run for her money when she took the idea of ‘gut instinct’ in a mad direction.
‘When I’ve had a really happy, healthy meal and I’m full to the brim and I need to make a decision… I swear to God my happy tummy will talk to me,’ the 35-year-old model said sagely.
‘Your gut will talk to you. I sound like a lunatic, but I promise it’s so true.’
I find that hard to stomach, Poppy…