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Princess Beatrice opened up about life as a step-mum before announcing the happy news that she is pregnant with her first child.

The 32 year old married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, last year and lovingly embraced his son Christopher Woolf, known as “Wolfie”, as she entered their marriage as a stepmother.

In celebration of World Book Day back in March, Beatrice spoke about the importance of books in her blooming relationship with her stepson.

She shared how her bedtime stories with four year old Wolfie have helped develop their close bond together, when speaking to the Evening Standard.

She said: “This year, I had the great honour to become a stepmother, and have had the most remarkable time going back over some of my most favourite stories at bedtime.

“Together, we had such a special time reading through all the entries for Oscars Book Prize 2020.”

Like most households across the country, Wolfie, who was a page boy at their wedding last year, has been homeschooled for the last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Beatrice continued: “My stepson has been, as many children have, home schooling this term. Helping him to engage with stories is a great journey to inspire imagination, creativity, independence and humour."

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“If you have not yet read the Oi Frog books by Kes Grey and Jim Field, they have fast become our favourite.”

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter admitted that although reading isn’t her “strongest talent”, it has allowed them to escape the fears and concerns of the world around them.

Encouraged by her mother, who has gone on to produce a YouTube channel dedicated to reading children’s books each day, Beatrice shared her joy of reading in spite of being diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven.

She continued: “As you might already know I have dyslexia and as such reading has never been my strongest talent, however, having a little more time to take a moment to really get into stories has been a gift I am happy to have shared with lockdown life.

“I have found when things are a little uncertain, or if I am worried or scared of what the future might have in store, stepping into the worlds described on the pages of literature has given me a sense of reassurance.”

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Beatrice has used the extra time spent at home to bond with her new stepson and grow as a family.

She concluded: “We have all had to learn new ways to cope with the strangest of times. For our family, reading stories has been a great part of our journey to finding laughter and a little magic on the journey.”

Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, will welcome their first baby together later this year.

The special news was announced on The Royal Family's Instagram account alongside a picture of the pair on their wedding day in 2020.

It read: "Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year.

"The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news."

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