Petra Ecclestone remembers the moment she first realised she was rich. She was eight years old and the family home in Chelsea was broken into. “I honestly wasn’t aware until then,” she says. “It wasn’t until my dad got robbed and people at school were talking about it.” The realisation came with another emotion — fear. Her father had been attacked while trying to protect her mother, Slavica, from a burglar. Petra woke in the night and came downstairs to find police in the house and blood on the floor. “It was awful. To this day I’m a terrible sleeper; I don’t like to sleep alone. What happens to you when you’re a child stays with you as an adult.
Petra Ecclestone talks to The Sunday Times in the lead up to the opening of Petra’s Place the new therapy centre for children with autism in London.