Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour will become a grandmother for the third time after it was revealed that her daughter Bee Shaffer is expecting her first child with husband Francesco Carrozzini.
The happy news comes just one day after the couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary, with Bee, 33, marking the wedding milestone with a touching Instagram post on Wednesday, which featured a sweet snap of him and Francesco, 38, dancing at their wedding.
A source close to the couple told Page Six that ‘everyone was overjoyed’ about their happy news, which came as Bee and Francesco were enjoying a romantic getaway in Portofino, Italy – the seaside town where they held their second wedding ceremony in July 2018. .
Celebration: Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee Shaffer is expecting her first child with husband Francesco Carrozzini (seen together in 2019), three years after they married
Family: 33-year-old Baby Bee will be the third grandchild of the Vogue editor. Anna (seen with her daughter in 2018) already has two granddaughters, sons Charlie, Caroline and Ella
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The parents-to-be were seen strolling around the beautiful Italian city together, with Bee revealing her little baby bump in a medium white dress as she and her husband sunbathed together.
Francesco and Bee have been very secretive in the three years since their marriage, with the latter only sharing a few social media photos of her husband during the pandemic — including a goofy photo of him displaying it for the camera, which he posted on his 38th birthday last September.
The duo were first rumored to be dating in October 2016, when they attended a screening of filmmaker Francesco’s documentary about his mother together.
Francesco’s mother had become a close friend of Anna, with the two taking over each other’s magazines in 1988.
Following Franca’s death from lung cancer in 2016, Anna was one of the guests from the fashion world paying homage to the editor of Vogue Italia.
Bee, who is a TV producer and previously worked on Late Night with Seth Meyers, is said to have known Francesco, who was born in Italy and grew up dividing his time between Milan and Portofino, since they were both children.
When planning their wedding, the couple made sure that they included both of their homes in the celebration, holding two ceremonies – the first at Anna’s sprawling Long Island home, and the second at a small local church in Portofino.
Celebration: Last month, Bee revealed a bit of a bump while hosting a christening ceremony for Charlie’s little sisters, Ella, two
Long term: Bee and Francesco first hooked up in 2016, but they are said to have known each other since childhood; Anna was close friends with Francesco’s late mother, Franca (right)
The couple’s baby would become Anna’s third grandchild; the son of Vogue editor-in-chief Charlie, 36, and his wife Lizzy have two children together, daughters Caroline, four, and Ella, two.
Last month, pregnant Bee came with her family to celebrate the christening of Charlie and Lizzy’s youngest child, Ella, which took place at Anna’s Long Island home.
Reflecting: During the pandemic, Anna wrote an article in Vogue where she opened up about how much comfort she found in her family and grandchildren (seen with their parents Charlie and Lizzy Shaffer)
A guest shared an Instagram snap of Bee with close friends Derek Blasberg and Nick Brown where she is seen showing off a bit of bulge in a printed white, orange and blue maxi dress while sitting next to a married couple.
In April last year, Anna opened up about how much comfort she had found in her grandchildren during the early months of the pandemic, writing in an article for Vogue that celebrating Caroline’s third birthday via Zoom had been one of the highlights of her time in quarantine. .
‘What else am I grateful for? My granddaughter, who celebrated her third birthday through a virtual party the other day,” he wrote, sharing an adorable photo of a young man enjoying his birthday cake.
‘A lot of people zoom in and it’s just a joy to see how happy it makes him.’
Bee and Charlie are Anna’s children from her marriage to her first husband David Shaffer, a psychiatrist she was married to for 15 years, from 1984 to 1999.
After splitting from David, Anna was in a 20-year relationship with telecommunications tycoon Shelby Bryan, but the couple are said to have split in October last year.
‘I do’: Bee and Francesco wed in an intimate ceremony at Anna’s Long Island home in July last year, before flying to Italy to host the second celebration
Bee’s new pregnancy is likely to come as a welcome source of joy for 71-year-old Anna, who has had a rough year, in which she has faced repeated calls for her resignation amid accusations of racism and discrimination from former employees.
In June last year, Anna admitted to allowing her decades of ‘painful and intolerant’ behavior to rule at Vogue, and admitted that she had not done enough to champion black staff and designers.
The confession was included in a company-wide memo that Anna wrote to her staff amid national unrest and protests calling for racial equality, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day 2020.
‘I want to start by acknowledging your feelings and expressing my empathy for what many of you are going through: sadness, hurt, and anger too,’ Wintour began.
‘I want to say this especially to the Black members on our team – I can only imagine what these days are like. But I also know that the pain, and the violence, and the injustice we see and talk about has been around for a long time. It’s too late to recognize it and do something about it.’
But the mea culpa memo did little to quell the controversy surrounding Anna’s decision to stay in the role – and in October, a group of 18 black journalists she had worked with for years accused her of liking employees who were thin, white, and from elite backgrounds in the industry. an article published by the New York Times.
Eleven of them called for her resignation following an offensive incident involving the use of the word ‘pickaninny’, and other cultural appropriation controversies, including outrage over a 2017 Vogue photo shoot that saw Karlie Kloss posing in a geisha outfit, with her face in pale makeup and her hair dyed black.