Beatrice Borromeo

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Beatrice Borromeo
Beatrice Borromeo 2017.jpg
Borromeo at the wedding of the Hereditary Prince of Hanover and Ekaterina Malysheva in 2017.
Beatrice dei Principi Borromeo Arese Taverna[1][2][3][4]

(1985-08-18) 18 August 1985 (age 34)
Other namesBeatrice Casiraghi
Alma materBocconi University
Columbia University Journalism School
OccupationJournalist, documentarian, special envoy for human rights
Pierre Casiraghi (m. 2015)

Beatrice dei Principi Borromeo Arese Taverna (born 18 August 1985 in San Candido)[5] is a member of the ancient aristocratic House of Borromeo, and she is well known in the Italian news media as a television personality. She is the wife of Pierre Casiraghi, younger son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover.[6]


She is the daughter of Don Carlo Ferdinando Borromeo, Count of Arona (born in 1935), the son of Vitaliano Borromeo, 2nd Prince of Angera, and his long-time companion, Countess Donna Paola Marzotto (born in 1955).
Through her father she is related to Carlo Borromeo (1538–1584), who became a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Milan, and a canonized saint. The family currently owns most of the Borromean Islands in the Lago Maggiore, Milan city, and many other estates in the Lombardy and Piedmont countryside .

She has an older brother, Carlo Ludovico Borromeo, who married Marta Ferri (born 21 July 1984[7]), daughter of Italian photographer Fabrizio Ferri,[8] on 30 June 2012 on the island of Pantelleria.[9][10][11]

Beatrice has three older half-sisters from her father's first marriage to German model Marion Sybil Zota:[12]

Her maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Marta Marzotto (née Vacondio),[17] ex-wife of Count Umberto Marzotto.[18][19] Her uncle, Count Matteo Marzotto, is the former president and director of the Valentino fashion house at the time the label belonged to the Marzotto Group.


She finished secondary education, in 2002, at Milan's Liceo Classico Giovanni Berchet.[3] Borromeo received a bachelor of laws from Bocconi University, Milan in 2010, under supervision of prof. Lorenzo Cuocolo. She began to work toward a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University Journalism School in the fall semester of 2011,[20] at last receiving the degree in May 2012.[21]


Beatrice was a contributor to Newsweek and the Daily Beast in 2013. Prior to that, and from the newspaper's beginning in 2009, she worked as a full-time reporter for Il Fatto Quotidiano. She continued in that position through the year 2016.[3] She has appeared on many television shows in Italy, beginning with Anno Zero on Rai 2 where she worked for two years, from 2006 to 2008.[3] Every week she interviewed an average three guests on political development and social evils. In 2009, she even hosted a weekly show on the Radio 105 Network.[3] She interviewed Roberto Saviano, the famous author of Gomorrah, for Above magazine's June 2009 issue.[3] She also interviewed American author of LA Confidential James Ellroy[22] and former candidate for Colombia's presidency Ingrid Betancourt both for Il Fatto Quotidiano. For the same newspaper, she interviewed Marcello Dell'Utri,[23] Italian Senator and co-founder of Forza Italia. In the interview, Dell'Utri admitted to have entered politics to get immunity in order to escape his arrest. Her first article for Il Fatto Quotidiano, published on 14 September 2009, was about Vito De Filippo, then-president of the Italian region of Basilicata, allocating European funds for the Miss Italia contest.[24]

Borromeo directed Mamma Mafia, a documentary about mafia women: its preview was released by the Newsweek Daily Beast Company on 31 January 2013. That was her sole film in the English language. She has directed several documentaries in the Italian language, ranging from topics as the women of 'Ndrangheta, selfie surgery, and the children of Caivano.[3]

Speaking of the children who live in the slums of Caivano, Borromeo said: "These children never get to be children. They live in horror and daily terror and that seems to be normal."[3][25]

Borromeo collaborated with Marco Travaglio and Vauro Senesi on the book Italia Annozero (Chiarelettere, 2009).

She also wrote the preface for Birgit Hamer's Delitto senza castigo: La Vera Storia di Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia. (Aliberti, 2011).[26] Birgit Hamer is a very old family friend; her mother is dear friends with Borromeo's mother, and Borromeo has admitted to having grown up hearing about the murder of Dirk Hamer from his sisters, including Birgit.[3] Borromeo broke the story of the video confession of Vittorio Emanuele,[27] who subsequently sued the newspaper for defamation. In 2015 a court ruled in favour of the newspaper.[28] Borromeo then posted on Twitter: "Vincere una causa e' sempre piacevole, ma contro Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia la goduria è doppia!" ("Winning a case is always nice, but against Victor Emmanuel of Savoy the pleasure is double"),[29] which resulted in spat on social media with his son Emanuele Filiberto.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Beatrice Borromeo (in the foreground right) with Pierre Casiraghi, Ben-Sylvester Strautmann (left) and Charlotte Casiraghi (in the background with black hat);
in July 2017 in Hanover at the wedding of Ekaterina Malysheva and Prince Ernst August of Hanover

Since 2008, Borromeo became increasingly known in the tabloid press as the girlfriend of Pierre Casiraghi, the younger son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover. The couple married in a civil ceremony on Saturday, 25 July 2015 in the gardens of the Prince's Palace of Monaco. The religious ceremony took place on 1 August 2015 on Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore, Italy.

In November 2015 she was sanctioned Special Envoy for Human Rights for F4D.[3]

She considered herself in 2005 "atheist and leftist".[30]

Pierre and Beatrice's first son, Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi, was born on 28 February 2017. Their second son, Francesco Carlo Albert, was born on 21 May 2018.


  • Senesi, Vauro; Travaglio, Marco; Borromeo, Beatrice (2009). Italia Anno Zero [Italy, Year Zero] (in Italian). Milan: Chiarelettere. ISBN 978-88-619-0051-6.
  • Hamer, Birgit (2011). Borromeo, Beatrice (ed.). Delitto senza castigo: la vera storia di Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia [Crime without Punishment: the True Story of Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia] (in Italian). Reggio Emilia: Aliberti. ISBN 978-88-7424-735-6.


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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Beatrice Borromeo e Pierre Casiraghi, ecco le foto "private" - Affari…". 2018-07-23. Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  2. ^ "An Italian Wedding Fit For A Princess HuffPost". 2018-07-23. Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Knightley, Emma (2019). Princely Monaco: The House of Grimaldi in the 21st Century (eBook ed.). USA. ISBN 9780359058945. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  4. ^ "Otto cose da sapere su Beatrice Borromeo -". 2018-07-23. Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  5. ^ "Beatrice Borromeo in the Fashion Model Directory". 18 August 1985. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Cecilia. "Inside the Lavish Royal Wedding of Beatrice Borromeo and Princess Grace's Grandson, Pierre Casiraghi". Forbes. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Bio" (in Italian). Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Fabrizio Ferri (Magazine – agosto 2007)". Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  9. ^ Franca Sozzani (7 June 2012). "The Borromeo-Ferri wedding". Vogue Italia. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Carlo Borromeo e Marta Ferri, nozze principesche e alternative | AttualitÃ". Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  11. ^ Priya Rao (2012-06-30). "Marta Ferri and Carlo Borrmoeo Wedding - Pantelleria Italy Wedding - Town & Country Magazine". Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Carlo Borromeo, conte di Arona". Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  13. ^ Gianluca Mattei (25 September 2005). "Cinquecento invitati alla Rocca Borromeo per Isabella e Ugo". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). p. 23. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Jaki e Lavinia sposi "La famiglia Agnelli è unita"". La Repubblica (in Italian). 4 September 2004. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  15. ^ Cesare Cunaccia (28 September 2011). "Prince and Princess Antonius Zu Furstenberg" (in Italian). Vogue Unique. pp. 108–121. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Stresa: nozze principesche per Matilde Borromeo Arese Taverna e Antonius von Fürstenberg all'Isola Bella". 28 April 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  17. ^ SALSI, BENEDETTA (30 July 2016). "Morta Marta Marzotto, "Il nome? Lo devo alla suora che mi allevò" - il Resto del Carlino". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  18. ^ "La saga dei Marzotto" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  19. ^ Margherita Lampertico
  20. ^ Borromeo, Beatrice. "Arrivederci". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Hello! Magazine". Hello! Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  22. ^ Borromeo, Beatrice. "Ellroy. Autobiografia di me stesso". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  23. ^ Borromeo, Beatrice. "Elezioni, Dell'Utri rinuncia a candidarsi: "L'immunità? Ormai non mi serve più"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  24. ^ Borromeo, Beatrice. "Basilicata, i fondi per sponsorizzare la Miss". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  25. ^ ""Bambini Mai", il documentario di Mia Benedetta e Beatrice Borromeo in onda il 1° ottobre su Sky Atlantic". RB Casting. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  26. ^ AlibertiEditore (24 February 2011). "DELITTO SENZA CASTIGO. LA VERA STORIA DI VITTORIO EMANUELE - Trailer (Aliberti editore)". Retrieved 12 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  27. ^ Borromeo, Beatrice Il video che incastra Savoia, Il Fatto Quotidiano, 24 February 2011;
  28. ^ a b Beatrice Borromeo, el azote de los Saboya, Hola, 10 March 2015;
  29. ^ "Beatrice Borromeo on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  30. ^ Fasano, Giusi (8 October 2005). "I 20 anni di Beatrice "atea e di sinistra"" ["Atheist and leftist" Beatrice Borromeo is 20 years old]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Milan. Retrieved 26 July 2015.