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She en­dured a bit­ter split from ex James Stunt, cul­mi­nat­ing in a shock­ing £5.5bn di­vorce. But just 14 months on, so­cialite and F1 heiress Pe­tra Ec­cle­stone, 30, has re­vealed she is now en­gaged to Mad­dox Gallery di­rec­tor Sam Palmer. He an­nounced the en­gage­ment on In­sta­gram on New Year’s Eve with a sweet pic­ture of the pair, say­ing, “My per­sonal high­lights have been open­ing the gallery in LA with the woman I love and her agree­ing to marry me... Here is to a fan­tas­tic 2019”.

Pe­tra met Sam through her brother-in-law Jay Rut­land, who is mar­ried to her sis­ter Tamara, 34, and the pair started dat­ing in late 2017.

Pe­tra has daugh­ter Lavinia, five, and three-year-old twins James and An­drew with busi­ness­man James, 36, whom she mar­ried in a lav­ish £12m cer­e­mony in Italy in 2011. The pair an­nounced their split five years later and were di­vorced in 2017 amid al­le­ga­tions of James’ abu­sive be­hav­iour, which he de­nies.

He later raised eye­brows when he slammed his ex-wife and her par­ents in an in­ter­view, call­ing Pe­tra’s bil­lion­aire fa­ther Bernie, 88, a “dwarf”, his wife Slav­ica “Lady Mac­beth” and Pe­tra a “C-list celebrity”.

Re­flect­ing on how she moved on from the split, Pe­tra has said, “I think it was the kids. I didn’t have the op­tion of ly­ing in bed, be­ing de­pressed and feel­ing sorry for my­self. I had to wake up for them. They kind of pushed me through it.”

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