Donna Beatrice Borromeo (born 18 August 1985 in Innichen) 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.
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).
By her father’s side, as a member of the Borromeo family, she’s 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 the majority of the Borromean Islands in the Lago Maggiore, as many other estate properties alongside Lombardy and Piedmont countryside, plus Milan city.
Since 2008, Borromeo has been 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.
She considered herself in 2005 “atheist and leftist”
Borromeo received a law bachelor from Bocconi University, Milan in 2010, under supervision of prof. Lorenzo Cuocolo. She also received a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University Journalism School in May 2012.
Beatrice is a contributor to Newsweek and the Daily Beast. Also, since the newspaper’s beginning in 2009, she has worked as a full-time reporter for Il Fatto Quotidiano. 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. 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. She interviewed Roberto Saviano, the famous author of Gomorrah, for Above magazine’s June 2009 issue. She also interviewed American author of LA Confidential James Ellroy and former candidate for Colombia’s presidency Ingrid Betancourt both for Il Fatto Quotidiano. For the same newspaper, she also interviewed Marcello Dell’Utri, 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. She is working on Mamma Mafia, a documentary about mafia women: its preview was released on Newsweek on 31 January 2013.
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). Borromeo broke the story of the video confession of Vittorio Emanuele, who subsequently sued the newspaper for defamation. In 2015 a court ruled in favour of the newsaper. 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”), which resulted in spat on social media with his son Emanuele Filiberto