What planet is Petra Ecclestone on The billionaire's daughter with a 14-bed Hollywood mansion isn't spoilt…she's proud of her drive to get up in the morning
Thanks to daddy, she is the proud owner of a 14-bedroom mansion in Los Angeles, a multi-million pound home in Chelsea and has an army of staff to cater to her every whim.
But billionaire’s daughter Petra Ecclestone has complained that she isn’t praised enough for her own hard work – starting with the ‘willpower’ it takes simply to get up in the morning.
Miss Ecclestone, the 23-year-old daughter of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, complained that ‘no one ever talks about the good in me’.
Renovation project: A glimpse inside the pages of the new issue of W Magazine reveals how Petra Ecclestone has refurbished the former Spelling mansion, which she purchased for $85million last year
Out with the old: The magnificent foyer as it was in the days when the Spellings resided at the Manor. Ms Ecclestone's changes took only nine weeks to complete thanks to 500 workers
The budding fashion designer told W Magazine: ‘Everyone always talks – because I’m rich and I’m privileged, and I understand that.
‘At the end of the day, I don’t need to work, and I think it’s good that I have the drive and willpower to get up and do something in the morning even though I don’t need to.’
Even as she hit out at claims she was spoilt, Miss Ecclestone was more than happy to showcase her lavish lifestyle, giving a tour of her recently renovated 52million Los Angeles home, which she shares with husband James Stunt, 30.
As well as its many bedrooms, the property has three hair salons, a massage room, a walk-in wardrobe so large it has a second level accessed by an internal staircase.
Then there is the house’s main sweeping double staircase, inspired by the one featured in Gone with the Wind.
Petra Ecclestone relaxes poolside at her new pad that once belonged to the Spellings. The property has 14 bedrooms, a pool, a solarium and a cinema among other amenities and features
For entertaining, Petra’s place also has its own nightclub, cinema, and bowling alley.
The 57,000 square foot French Chateau-style U.S. home, called The Manor, was built in 1988 by late TV producer Aaron Spelling, who was responsible for shows including Charlie’s Angels.
Miss Ecclestone remodelled it over three months, using 500 workers and renowned interior designer Gavin Brodin to turn it into a ‘massive VIP lounge’.
The master suite alone is 7,000 square feet, has its own kitchen and living room as well as the bedroom.
Let me entertain you: The basement of the sprawling property boasts a home cinema with custom seating, a pool room, a bar and bowling alley
On the second floor are six huge guest bedrooms, including the Prince Charles suite, where Charles and Diana once stayed.
Outside, she doesn’t have a garage. Instead, Miss Ecclestone has a ‘motor court’ with space for 100 cars, including her white Ferrari and white Rolls-Royce Ghost, and Stunt’s black Lamborghini and black Rolls-Royce.
The couple also have matching Land Rovers – one white with ‘Petra’ on the front, the other black with the word ‘Stunt’ written on it.
A team of waiters, butlers, bodyguards and housekeepers tend to Miss Ecclestone’s every need while she relaxes by the pool or watches a film in her cinema.
The Manor: The 23-year-old heiress considers the purchase a good deal and an investment and is excited to spend time in the Los Angeles area as she promotes her new fashion line
The home boasts a motor court with space for 100 cars. Among others, Ms Ecclestone and her husband James Stunt have matching Range Rovers in black and white with personalised grills
And it seems being waited on hand and foot has left her less than prepared when it comes to some fairly basic tasks.
As she took a lesson from her private chef on how to cook a chicken, covered for the interview, Miss Ecclestone admitted she had never before worn rubber gloves.
Later the chef even had to explain what chicken wings were and that they were regularly eaten – facts she was unaware of.
The Hollywood home is not Miss Ecclestone’s only house – she also has a six-storey, 56million mansion in Chelsea.
She said: ‘Yes, I have money, and I understand that, and I work. And I think anybody else in my position wouldn’t say no if they had the opportunity to live the way that I live.’ In September last year Miss Ecclestone launched an accessories range named Stark and insisted she worked hard on her designs.
She said at the time: ‘I’m a hard-working girl. I go to the office. I work a normal 9 to 5 job most days.’
She had previously launched a men’s fashion label, called FORM and sold in Harrods, but closed the business after two years in 2010.
Miss Ecclestone is also an ambassador for the Meningitis Trust, after contracting the virus in 2005.
She married Stunt last August in a suitably extravagant ceremony at the 15th century Odescalchi Castle, in Italy.
Entertainment was provided by Eric Clapton and the Black Eyed Peas, and the wedding reportedly cost her father 5million.
The full interview with Petra Ecclestone appears in the new issue of W Magazine, on newsstands now.