Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi pays tribute to late stepfather

‘I wish you’d met your soon-to-be four grandchildren’: Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi pays tribute to late stepfather Conservative politician Christopher Shale 10 years after his death at Glastonbury

  • Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has paid tribute to his late stepfather Christopher Shale
  • He said he wished his stepfather had met his ‘soon-to-be four grandchildren’ 
  • Princess Beatrice’s husband shared a collection of sweet photos on Instagram

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has paid tribute to his late stepfather for ‘always believing in him and teaching him honesty, laughter, hard work and empathy’.

Princess Beatrice’s husband, 38, said he wished his stepfather Christopher Shale had met his ‘soon-to-be four grandchildren’ when sharing a collection of sweet photographs on Instagram.

Christopher, who was the second husband of Edo’s mother Nikki and a senior Conservative, died from heart disease at Glastonbury Festival in 2011.

Beatrice and her Italian property developer husband, who tied the knot on 17 July last year, recently announced they were expecting their first baby togetherEdo has a young son, Christopher, whose nickname is Wolfie, with his former partner Dara Huang.

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has paid tribute to his late stepfather (pictured) for ‘always believing in him and teaching him honesty, laughter, hard work and empathy’

Princess Beatrice’s husband (thought to be pictured with his stepfather), 38, said he wished his stepfather Christopher Shale had met his ‘soon-to-be four grandchildren’ when sharing a collection of sweet photographs on Instagram

Taking to Instagram on the 10th anniversary of his stepfather’s passing, Edo shared a collection of images – including one of his mother, Nikki, and Christopher on their wedding day, with Beatrice’s mother Sarah Ferguson pictured alongside them


Princess Beatrice and Edo, pictured right, and left, Edo’s tribute to his stepfather which he posted on Instagram today 

Taking to Instagram on the 10th anniversary of his stepfather’s passing, Edo shared a collection of images – including one of his mother, Nikki, and Christopher on their wedding day, with Beatrice’s mother Sarah Ferguson pictured alongside them.

Edo wrote in the emotional post: ‘Chrisdog, Pups, I can’t believe it has been 10 years. Not a day goes by without me thinking of you and leaning on all the lessons you taught me. 

‘You once said on my 18th birthday that being my stepfather was the greatest honour and privilege of your life. I echo this, being your stepson is the greatest honour of my life and I would never be standing here today without you. 


Christopher, who was the second husband of Edo’s mother Nikki and a senior Conservative, died from heart disease at Glastonbury Festival in 2011

Beatrice and her Italian property developer husband, who tied the knot on 17 July last year, recently announced they were expecting their first baby together. Pictured, one of the photos shared by Edo


Edo has a young son, Christopher, whose nickname is Wolfie, with his former partner Dara Huang. Pictured, some of the images shared by Edo today

‘I know how proud you would be of us all today and so wish you had got to meet your three and soon-to-be four grandchildren. What joy they would have brought you. 

‘I was just Wolfie’s age when you came into my world and changed everything. You always believed in me, with unconditional love. You taught me honestly, laughter, hard work and empathy. I love you today and always,’ he concluded.

Property developer Edoardo is the son of Alessandro Mapelli, a count and a former alpine skier, who competed for Team GB, and three-times-married Nikki. 

The couple divorced when their son and his sister Natalie were young, with Nikki now on her third marriage to sculptor David William-Ellis, following the tragic death of her second husband Christopher Shale in 2011 at the age of 56.

Property developer Edoardo (pictured with his stepfather) is the son of Alessandro Mapelli, a count and a former alpine skier, who competed for Team GB, and three-times-married Nikki

Christopher, a senior Tory and a close friend of former prime minister David Cameron, collapsed and died at Glasonbury Festival, after going missing for about 18 hours before he was found in a cubicle in the VIP area

Christopher, a senior Tory and a close friend of former prime minister David Cameron, collapsed and died at Glasonbury Festival, after going missing for about 18 hours before he was found in a cubicle in the VIP area.

An inquest subsequently found he had been suffering from undiagnosed heart disease resulting from high blood pressure.

So devoted was Edo to his stepfather that he named his son Christopher, with ex partner Dara Huang, after him. 

Beatrice and the rest of her family attended the funeral, with Nikki eventually marrying for a third time, to sculptor David Williams-Ellis.

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