Emma Watson looks spellbound on Venice break with son of Philip Green

Emma Watson looks spellbound on Venice break as she walks hand in hand with son of tycoon Sir Philip Green

  • Venice snaps appear to confirm Watson and Green’s long-rumoured romance
  • A source previously told the Daily Mail that Brandon, 29, was ‘wooing’ actress
  • Miss Watson is said to have surprised her friends with news of beau Brandon
  • Came as Watson was revealed as the face of Prada’s latest fragrance campaign

Emma Watson walks with Brandon Green, son of Sir Philip, in Venice yesterday afternoon

Holding hands in Venice, this is Emma Watson and the tycoon’s son who appears to have cast a spell on her.

The image seems to confirm the long-rumoured romance between the Harry Potter star and Brandon Green, the son of controversial businessman Sir Philip Green.

Miss Watson, 32, was wearing a red and white dress with black sandals as she boarded a boat in the Italian city with Mr Green, 29, earlier this month.

A source previously told the Daily Mail that he had been ‘wooing’ the actress, who played Hermione Granger.

They were first pictured together last September when they disembarked from a helicopter in Battersea, London.

Miss Watson is said to have surprised friends with her relationship with Mr Green. It follows her split from businessman Leo Robinton after two years.

Although it appears that she’s happily coupled-up now, Miss Watson previously said she is content being ‘self-partnered’.

‘I never believed the whole “I’m happy single” spiel,’ she told Vogue in 2017. ‘It took me a long time but I’m happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.’

Ms Watson has spoken in favour of being ‘self-partnered’ – but may now be changing her tune

Wow! In stunning shots released on Friday, Emma Watson, 32, revived her iconic pixie cut as she became the new face of Prada Beauty and praised ‘femininity that challenges conventions’

She also revealed that when it comes to love, dating apps were ‘not on the cards’. Instead she relies on friends from university and ‘outside of film’. ‘My friends are really good at setting me up,’ she continued.

It comes as Miss Watson was revealed to be the face of Prada’s latest fragrance campaign.

The fashion house posted an image of the actress with a pixie cut – and said that Miss Watson would make her directorial debut with a short film for the launch of the campaign.

Gorgeous: The actress looked incredible in the artistic photographs taken by Harley Weir for new fragrance, Paradoxe, with stripped-back skin make-up juxtaposed with bold eyeliner

Before and after: Pictured left on July 4; Pictured right in new Prada Beauty campaign

Quirky: Emma posed in various garments from the designer label

Mr Green – who featured in Tatler’s ‘most eligible’ list in 2014 – was once spotted playfully patting Kate Moss’s bottom while on holiday in St Barts.

Miss Watson is a vocal environmental campaigner – and Mr Green has also been trying to live up to his last name.

A source previously said he became invested in saving the planet after his father’s Arcadia Group empire – which included Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton – crumbled.

‘He got very interested in biodiversity and saving the oceans,’ they said. ‘He does a lot of charity work with both Monaco’s Prince Albert’s foundation and Princess Charlene’s foundation.

‘He is very into fitness and gets involved with galas and charities that help the planet. He does frequent beach clean-ups and whatever he can to help.’

Will Brandon Green’s fast-fashion mogul father Philip meet Emma Watson’s eco standards?

She’s been championing environmental causes for years.

So one can’t help wondering what Emma Watson thinks about the green credentials of the family of the man she appears to be dating.

Brandon Green is the son of Sir Philip – the fast-fashion mogul behind the Arcadia Group. His empire collapsed in 2020 after sales were ‘severely impacted’ by Covid.

Sir Philip is known for his lavish lifestyle, which includes polluting superyachts and private jets. The tycoon, who is worth £910million according to The Sunday Times Rich List, and his wife Tina are believed to have owned a number of yachts. The largest, a 90-metre superyacht called the Lionheart, is worth more than £100million.

Sir Philip Green, Chloe Green and Brandon Green are pictured at London Fashion Week 2016

Sir Philip also reportedly took delivery of a Gulfstream G650ER private jet for an estimated £46million in 2016.

His business decisions have also been controversial. Sir Philip faced calls to be stripped of his knighthood after he sold BHS for just £1 in 2015. It went bust a year later with a pension deficit of £571million.

It all seems a far cry from eco-warrior actress Miss Watson.

She hid her favourite books about climate activism around Glasgow during last year’s COP26 summit.

Miss Watson has also spoken about the importance of sustainability in fashion. She has chosen ethically produced garments for red carpet appearances – the antithesis of the relatively cheap and abundant creations by Sir Philip’s former brand Topshop.

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