Pe­tra granted di­vorce as £5.5bn fight ends

Daily Mail - - Life - By Tom Kelly

FOR­MULA One heiress Pe­tra Ec­cle­stone was granted a di­vorce yes­ter­day after she and es­tranged hus­band James Stunt ended a bit­ter le­gal fight over their £5.5bil­lion for­tune.

Lawyers re­vealed a settlement had been reached as the cou­ple, who have three chil­dren, were due to be­gin a two- day bat­tle at the Cen­tral Fam­ily Court in Lon­don.

When told they had come to an ‘ex­tremely de­sir­able’ agree­ment, Judge Robin Tol­son QC granted so­cialite Miss Ec­cle­stone, 28, a de­cree nisi. She will be able to ap­ply for a de­cree ab­so­lute, end­ing the mar­riage, in six weeks.

Nei­ther Miss Ec­cle­stone, youngest daugh­ter of bil­lion­aire For­mula One ty­coon Bernie Ec­cle­stone, nor gold bul­lion trader Mr Stunt, 35, was in court for the hear­ing.

Af­ter­wards, Mr Stunt said in a state­ment: ‘I am dev­as­tated that my mar­riage has bro­ken down. I love Pe­tra and our chil­dren.’

Miss Ec­cle­stone’s fa­ther, 86, told MailOn­line: ‘I’m just glad it’s over. Pe­tra is too. She has been very tol­er­ant and has been con­cerned about James. Now we are go­ing for a fam­ily meal. No cham­pagne, no big cel­e­bra­tion.’

Her sis­ter Tamara, 33, posted her sup­port on In­sta­gram, say­ing: ‘You’re a di­a­mond dear, they can’t break you.’

No de­tails of the settlement were re­vealed. Mr Stunt signed a prenup­tial agree­ment worth £16mil­lion. The cou­ple’s as­sets in­clude a £100mil­lion Chelsea man­sion and a £158mil­lion home in Los An­ge­les.

They met in 2006 and mar­ried in 2011 in a £12mil­lion cer­e­mony in Rome. But in June they be­gan their court bat­tle which saw Mr Stunt evicted from the Chelsea prop­erty.

Dur­ing a bad-tem­pered hear­ing, de­tails of their mar­riage were laid bare, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions that he was abu­sive, vi­o­lent and took over­doses.

Bit­ter court­room bat­tle: Pe­tra and James Stunt in 2012

Part of the settlement: The cou­ple’s £158m man­sion in Bev­erly Hills

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