Monday 20 May 2019

Billionaire socialite Petra Ecclestone announces engagement - one year after acrimonious divorce

Petra Ecclestone and new fiancé Sam Palmer
Petra Ecclestone and new fiancé Sam Palmer
Petra Ecclestone attends Dan Baldwin's 'A New Optimism' private view at Maddox Gallery on March 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Petra Ecclestone attends Margraves, the solo exhibition by RETNA at the Maddox Gallery on October 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton and Petra Ecclestone attend the Grand Opening Maddox Gallery Los Angeles on October 11, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Maddox Gallery)
Sam Palmer and Petra Ecclestone attend the Grand Opening Maddox Gallery Los Angeles on October 11, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Maddox Gallery)
Petra Ecclestone and Sam Palmer attend the VIP Opening of Maddox Gallery Exhibition "Best Of British" at Maddox Gallery on October 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
The heiress has three children with her former husband James Stunt (Matt Crosick/PA)
James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone attend the Dogs Trust Honours Awards at Jasmine Studios on June 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)
Petra Stunt (L) and James Stunt attend The F1 Party in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt attend The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party on July 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Petra Ecclestone, the billionaire daughter of Formula One boss Bernie, has announced her engagement to businessman Sam Palmer.

The 30-year-old divorced husband of six years James Stunt 14 months ago in what was regarded as one of the most expensive - and acrimonious - marriage splits in modern Britain. They have three children together. Palmer, a former car dealer who now runs an art gallery and announced that he and Petra intend to wed this year after just a few months of dating.

"Petra Ecclestone and Sam Palmer are delighted to announce their engagement and look forward to spending 2019 together," a spokesperson for the couple told Mail Online. Palmer (34) first shared the news on Instagram, saying his highlight of the year had been "with the woman I love and her agreeing to marry me".

It's believed the couple were introduced through Petra's sister Tamara and her husband Jay Rutland, who is close friends with the groom-to-be.

In 2011, Stunt and Ecclestone exchanged vows in lavish fashion - in Odescalchi Castle in Rome in front of 350 guests, where Eric Clapton, David Guetta and the Black Eyed Peas performed in an incredible €12m celebration and their division of assets ran into the billions before settling last October.

Petra Stunt (L) and James Stunt attend The F1 Party in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Petra Stunt (L) and James Stunt attend The F1 Party in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

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