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Pe­tra Ec­cle­stone has be­come en­gaged to gallery di­rec­tor Sam Palmer a year af­ter they started dat­ing.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view and pho­to­shoot with hello! last year, the heiress opened up about the cou­ple’s whirl­wind ro­mance, de­scrib­ing Sam as an “amaz­ing per­son” who had walked into her life fol­low­ing her highly pub­li­cised di­vorce from busi­ness­man James Stunt.

The cou­ple had met through her sis­ter Ta­mara’s hus­band Jay Rut­land, group creative di­rec­tor of con­tem­po­rary art deal­ers Mad­dox Gallery. Sam is di­rec­tor of the Los An­ge­les branch, which opened in Oc­to­ber.

“Jay and Sam are best friends. [Sam’s] very loyal. He’s bru­tally hon­est and some­times that of­fends peo­ple but I find it re­fresh­ing,” said Pe­tra, 30, who had three chil­dren with James: daugh­ter Lavinia, who turns six next month, and three-year-old twin boys An­drew and James.

Her hap­pi­ness with Sam came when she least ex­pected it.

“Life comes in un­ex­pected waves and turns. And luck­ily I’ve found some­one amaz­ing. I was to­tally not ex­pect­ing it. I hon­estly thought I’d just be sin­gle for the rest of my life. I was like: ‘I’m happy with my kids,’ and that was it.” An­nounc­ing the en­gage­ment on New Year’s Eve, Pe­tra’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive said: “Pe­tra Ec­cle­stone and Sam Palmer are de­lighted to an­nounce their en­gage­ment and look for­ward to spend­ing

2019 to­gether.”

Re­act­ing to the news, Pe­tra’s fa­ther, bil­lion­aire for­mer For­mula 1 boss Bernie Ec­cle­stone, said: “I don’t know what the hurry is… I’m happy if she’s happy. That’s the most im­por­tant thing.”


Sam, 34, posted a photo on In­sta­gram of him and Pe­tra, writ­ing along­side:

“I hope every­one had as an amaz­ing year as us and that 2019 brings lots of love, health and hap­pi­ness to all. My per­sonal high­lights have been open­ing the gallery in LA with the wo­man I love and her agree­ing to marry me.”

Their en­gage­ment comes just over 14 months af­ter Pe­tra fi­nalised her di­vorce.

Pe­tra and Sam at­tend the open­ing in Oc­to­ber of Mad­dox Gallery Los An­ge­les. They were joined by Pe­tra’s sis­ter Ta­mara and her hus­band Jay and fa­ther Bernie (to­gether left). Sam and Jay (above, with Pe­tra) are friends and col­leagues

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