Petra Ecclestone reveals she ‘can’t sleep’ in a candid Instagram snap ahead of her lavish wedding

Bride-to-be Petra Ecclestone says she ‘can’t sleep’ ahead of her wedding to Sam Palmer as couple prepare to tie the knot in a London ceremony

  • Petra Ecclestone, 32, is to marry her fiancé Sam Palmer in London this weekend
  • Former F1 Boss Bernie told MailOnline it’s ‘wonderful’ news for the couple 
  • Mr Ecclestone added: ‘I’m sure Sam is a lot better than Petra’s ex-husband’ 
  • Petra, who is worth an estimated £350 million, divorced James Stunt in 2017

An excited Petra Ecclestone struggled to sleep on Tuesday evening ahead of her lavish London wedding to fiancé Sam Palmer.

MailOnline exclusively revealed the heiress, 32, arrived in the capital with Sam, 38 and her four children from their home in California for the ceremony which will take place at a secret location this weekend.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, bride-to-be Petra wore pink pyjamas and cuddled up to a large fluffy pillow as she gazed into the camera.

Excited: Bride-to-be Petra Ecclestone, 32, revealed she couldn't sleep on Tuesday ahead of her lavish wedding to boyfriend Sam Palmer at the weekend

Excited: Bride-to-be Petra Ecclestone, 32, revealed she couldn’t sleep on Tuesday ahead of her lavish wedding to boyfriend Sam Palmer at the weekend

She captioned the candid shot: ‘Can’t sleep’. 

News of the nuptials broke when Petra’s father, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, told FEMAIL: ‘They’re getting married this weekend, somewhere in London. I don’t know the exact location because Petra hasn’t told me yet.

‘It’s wonderful news. Let’s hope she will be happier than she was in her last marriage.’

Petra, who is worth an estimated £350 million, divorced businessman James Stunt, 40, in 2017 after six years of marriage.

Loved up: MailOnline exclusively revealed the heiress had arrived in London with Sam and her four children for the ceremony which will take place at a secret location (pictured this year)

Loved up: MailOnline exclusively revealed the heiress had arrived in London with Sam and her four children for the ceremony which will take place at a secret location (pictured this year)

She has since had her youngest child Millie, 18 months, with Sam who is chief of a recruitment company. 

‘I will of course be going but won’t be making a speech because I only make comments.’

Mr Ecclestone, 91 added: ‘My comment on Petra’s forthcoming marriage is that I think she’s chosen a good guy.

‘I don’t know Sam very well because they live in the States and I don’t see them very often.

‘I’ve met him a few times and like him. Hopefully, I’ll get to know him a little better.

Daddy's girl: Petra's father, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, said it was 'wonderful' news for the couple - but said he wouldn't be giving a speech at the event (pictured in 2017)

Daddy’s girl: Petra’s father, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, said it was ‘wonderful’ news for the couple – but said he wouldn’t be giving a speech at the event (pictured in 2017)

Ex: Petra, who is worth an estimated £350 million, divorced businessman James Stunt in 2017 after six years of marriage (pictured in 2011)

Ex: Petra, who is worth an estimated £350 million, divorced businessman James Stunt in 2017 after six years of marriage (pictured in 2011)

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is set to be charged with fraud by false representation ‘after failing to declare £400m worth of assets held overseas’ 

Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is to be charged over an alleged £400m fraud following an HMRC probe.

The CPS has authorised the action over allegations of fraud by false representation.

It follows what HMRC called a ‘complex and worldwide criminal investigation’.

Andrew Penhale, Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: ‘The CPS has reviewed a file of evidence from HMRC and has authorised a charge against Bernard Ecclestone of fraud by false representation in respect of his failure to declare to HMRC the existence of assets held overseas believed to be worth in excess of £400m.

‘The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against this defendant are now active and that they have a right to a fair trial.

‘It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’

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‘They’ve just recently got back to England for the ceremony and I’m looking forward to going to their wedding and meeting up with them.’

Mr Ecclestone admitted that he was not involved in any of the arrangements for the wedding, which is being organised by events company Banana Splits, and had ‘no idea’ how big or lavish it would be.

He said: ‘I don’t know any of the details. I just know that I’ve got to be there this weekend. 

‘I’m waiting for Petra to call me to give me all the information.’

The couple live in a lavish home in Los Angeles and Sam regularly posts pictures of their family life on social media.

Following her divorce from Mr Stunt, it was reported that he had signed a £16m prenup, with Petra also awarded sole custody of the couple’s three children: Lavinia Stunt, nine, and twins Andrew Kulbir and James Robert Frederick, six.

Petra and Sam, who is a former used car salesman from Essex, met in late 2017 through her brother-in-law Jay Rutland, who is married to her sister Tamara.

As the couple built a new life in the US, last year it was reported that Petra had submitted legal documents to change her children’s surname from Stunt to her own.

The move was supported by her father who has publicly criticised her ex-husband in the past.

Mr Ecclestone added: ‘I’m sure Sam is a lot better than Petra’s ex-husband.’

It has been reported that the children call Sam ‘dad’, and he has spoken candidly in the past about his fractious relationship with Petra’s ex-husband and baby daddy James, who has often hit back.

The couple live in an £18.5 million ($22 million) in Los Angeles which Petra purchased in 2019 after selling her more luxurious US home for a mouth-watering £101 million ($119.7).

Proud parents: Mr Eccelstone had socialite daughters Tamara and Petra with second wife Slavica Radi¿ (pictured in 2008)

 Proud parents: Mr Eccelstone had socialite daughters Tamara and Petra with second wife Slavica Radić (pictured in 2008)

Family: Petra welcomed her youngest child, Millie, with fiancé Sam Palmer in April last year, and shares Lavinia, nine, and twins James and Andrew, six, with ex-husband James

Family: Petra welcomed her youngest child, Millie, with fiancé Sam Palmer in April last year, and shares Lavinia, nine, and twins James and Andrew, six, with ex-husband James

Bernie Ecclestone: Who are billionaire Formula One boss’ children?

 DEBORAH ECCLESTONE: Age 65

Bernie’s eldest daughter Deborah was born in 1955 after marrying his first wife Ivy Bamford aged 21 in 1952. 

The Formula 1 boss divorced Ivy in the 60s and Deborah is said to have lived with her mother.

Deborah shuns the spotlight and is notoriously private. 

Bernie is a great-grandfather as Deborah’s children have had children.  

TAMARA ECCLESTONE: Age 36    

Daughter: Bernie welcomed Tamara in 1984 (pictured together), with his second wife Slavica Radić

Daughter: Bernie welcomed Tamara in 1984 (pictured together), with his second wife Slavica Radić

Ecclestone had a 17-year relationship with Tuana Tan, which ended in 1984 when Slavica Radić, later his second wife, became pregnant.

Tamara was welcomed later that year. 

The heiress was educated at Francis Holland School in London and can speak English, Croatian and Italian.

Tamara was the presenter of Sky Sports Italia’s coverage of the 2009 Formula 1 season and went on to star in her own reality show.

She married husband Jay Rutland in 2013, and later welcomed their daughter Sophia, now six.  

PETRA ECCLESTONE:  Age 32

Heiress: Petra was born in London as the younger daughter of former Armani model Slavica and Formula One billionaire Bernie (pictured in 2018)

Heiress: Petra was born in London as the younger daughter of former Armani model Slavica and Formula One billionaire Bernie (pictured in 2018)

Petra was born in London as the younger daughter of former Armani model Slavica and Formula One billionaire Bernie.

She contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14, and said it ‘changed her life forever’ and is now ‘a health freak and a hypochondriac’.

At the age of 19, she created the menswear label FORM, which was sold into retailers including Harrods from October 2008.

On 27 August 2011, Ecclestone married businessman James Stunt. She gave birth to their first child, daughter Lavinia Stunt, in February 2013.

 In April 2015 she gave birth to twin boys, James Robert Fredrick Stunt Jr and Andrew Kulbir Stunt.

They divorced in 2017, and she reverted to her maiden name. 

She has since welcomed her forth child, a daughter, with fiancé Sam Palmer. 

Bernie, meanwhile, divorced Slavica in 2009, where she was reportedly granted a $1 to 1.5 billion settlement.     

ACE ECCLESTONE:  Welcomed June 2020 

Bernie became a father for the fourth time aged 89. 

The Formula One boss’ wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, has given birth to a boy named Ace. 

The couple announced they were expecting a baby in April. 

 

 

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