Petra Ecclestone defends flying to six countries during Covid-19 pandemic

Petra Ecclestone has defended flying around the world in attempt to ‘miss’ the coronavirus pandemic.

The billionaire heiress, daughter of Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, is currently in Monaco with her fiancé Sam Palmer, their 10-month-old daughter, and her three children from her marriage to James Stunt, Lavinia, eight, and five-year-old twins Andrew and James.

However, while they welcomed their youngest daughter last April in London, they have visited a further five countries since then – Croatia, Switzerland, France, Monaco and the Maldives.

Petra, 32, and Sam, 38, returned to the Ecclestone Chelsea manor, worth an estimated £100 million, after Petra sold her Los Angeles home for £97 million, making it the most expensive ever sold in the region.

However, after a few months at home, they went to Croatia for a month, before heading to Switzerland where Bernie and Tamara were, so that the children ‘were able to do outdoor activities’.

Sam told the Times: ‘We’re currently in Monaco. For now. Not sure where we’ll be next week . . .

‘We’re very Covid-conscious. We’ve flown completely around the world to try and miss it. What I think we’ve realised now is you can’t run from coronavirus.’

Petra is extremely paranoid about her health and is a self-professed germaphobe, having nearly died from meningitis aged 14.

She said: ‘I’m a huge hypochondriac. I hate germs and anything that I’m not in 100 per cent control over gives me anxiety. So this whole virus . . . it scares me and it isn’t great for my anxiety.’

While they have been living in Monaco, where there have been just over 1,700 coronavirus cases during the entire pandemic, the family did jet off for a holiday in the Maldives in January.

Petra said: ‘It is unfair, but I feel like if people had the opportunity, they’d go on holiday too.’

The couple added that they have not broken any rules, as they are living in a country where they are permitted to travel.

Had they stayed in the UK, the family would face much stricter rules.

Under current Covid-19 restrictions, you must not travel abroad unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so, such as work.

Reality stars and influencers have come under fire for jetting to Dubai and other holiday destinations for work purposes, with many questioning why they couldn’t have worked from home.

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