Petra Ecclestone: The Sussexes ‘said they wanted privacy’ but keep doing interviews!

The Ecclestones leave their hotel in NYC ahead of some shopping

Remember when British “socialites” Sabine Getty and Lady Alice Manners thought the Duchess of Sussex needed to “sit down”? I feel like that’s probably a widespread view in the British aristocracy and even in nouveau riche British circles. The caste system of British society is so structured and antiquated, I feel like none of these people can believe that a Black American actress thought she could swoop in and marry a prince (and the hot prince at that). So the question becomes… how many of these a–holes are actually going to say that publicly and clout-chase a gauche prince-stealing American so they can get their names in the papers? Petra Ecclestone just raised her hand.

She’s only just moved back into her £16 million Los Angeles mansion after relocating to Monaco for a few months, but Petra Ecclestone, youngest daughter of F1 billionaire Bernie, is already having a dig at fellow California residents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

‘I always tried to stand up for her,’ says the heiress, 32, of former actress Meghan Markle. ‘Harry and Meghan did have the freedom to leave [the Royal Family] if they really didn’t want that life. But, on the other hand, they said they wanted privacy and they didn’t want to be famous and they didn’t want to do interviews — but all they’ve done since is basically do interviews.’

[From The Daily Mail]

The Sussexes did one interview, for what it’s worth. The rest of the Sussexes’ public comments have been through their spokesperson, or they’ve released statements in their own voices clarifying issues. Oh, and they did Zoom calls with charities. Do those count as “interviews”? Anyway, I’m starting to believe that so many of these British people are just “simple.” They choose to misconstrue the Sussexes’ desire to be out of the British media’s 24-7 toxic cycle and make that into “but I thought they wanted PRIVACY, they’re invading their own privacy!” Anyway, I hope Harry and Meghan are having a good day and I hope they do dozens of interviews and continue to ether these people.

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  1. Ohlala says:

    This family is such a trash. Like cheap trailer trash with billions. It always amazed me how on earth to have sooo much money and to be and to look so cheap and vulgar.
    I swear the money are always in the wrong hands

  2. Myra says:

    She is going to have to point to us where the Sussexes said all of that. You can’t just lie on people like that in 2021 without receipts. The Sussexes have said in their own words why they chose to leave, how they will deal with the media and what they will be doing after leaving the BRF. They don’t need no socialite to speak on their behalf and they don’t need her to tell them what to do with their life.

  3. Faye says:

    The Sussexes never said they wanted privacy as the reason for their stepping back. Their original website clearly stated they just didn’t want to deal/have to work with the rota rats. They were told that wasn’t possible so they left.

    The BM started the mess about them leaving because they wanted privacy and their populace just seems stupid and eats up whatever they say.

    • Over it says:

      This exactly, people need to stop with this nonsense that they stated privacy as reasons to leave and I wish someone would point this out to the real media

  4. josephine says:

    love these stories about these rando English women trying to insert themselves into the story. such a cast of whiny, pathetic, hard-looking women trying to be relevant for a quick minute. get a job, get a hobby, get a life of your own.

    • Snuffles says:

      I know for a fact that the British Media actively seek out people who are willing to say something negative about Meghan. They will scrape the bottom of the barrel if they have to. And they usually coach people on what they want them to say and get them to sign off on it. I’ve seen numerous people on Twitter stating they were approached and refused.

    • MA says:

      They call Meghan a social climber meanwhile here they are trying to cling to any morsel of relevance off her “gauche American” back. I’ve never heard of this person and will in 10 minutes forget her existence.
      Funny how highly esteemed figures like Oprah, the Obamas, Hillary Clinton, the Clooneys, and many others, have all complimented and supported the Sussexes. The only ones getting their digs in are Hollywood C-listers and reality stars (D listers?) and irrelevant Z-listers like these British socialite nobodies.

  5. Snuffles says:

    They’re not simple. They just want Harry and Meghan to fade into obscurity.

    • Jenn says:

      Not really. They don’t want them to go anywhere. They want them to be abused and not defend themselves. As Meghan said, she was out of the house twice in 4 months and still she was everywhere.
      These people have realised that to make money or get attention is easier on the back of Harry and Meghan.
      And they are really mad that Meghan is alive. Even if she took a vow of silence they won’t leave her alone.

    • Lemons says:

      They don’t want to see Meghan living the life they feel they were/are entitled to. That’s all this is. Chelsy really gave these blonde skinny, hard-looking socialites, aristos, and hangers-on too much hope and now we’re seeing the fallout.

      • Angel says:

        But this girl is actually rich so she is already living that lifestyle. She is the daughter of a billionaire. I legit think she is either dumb or racist. Bernie Ecclestone her dad is a known racist !!

      • Lemons says:

        Yes, but she’s not ROYALTY. It’s all about scoring points and gatekeeping at that point. She’s got nothing better to do. Her occupation is heiress, socialite, model and fashion designer. (We can scratch off model and fashion designer since everyone with a few hundred thousand can be a “designer” and she’s certainly not a legitimate model.)

        Meghan is a reminder that despite her background and lack of Ecclestone $$$ and connections, she succeeded where Petra (and any other British aristo-socialite) couldn’t.

  6. Becks1 says:

    omg, these people are SO DUMB. so dumb!!!

    they never said they didnt want to be famous or give interviews. They didnt want to interact with the racist lying british tabloid press.

    • JT says:

      For real. You cannot invade your own privacy. Full stop. That’s the dumbest f*cking thing that I keep hearing.

  7. Noki says:

    I was actually disappointed that the main Oprah interview didnt include the part where Meghan clarifies their stance on privacy. They never once even on their initial statement said they were going to climb into a hole and never be heard from again. People are always throwing that privacy crap around,they are two amazing,charismatic,kind hearted people who have alot to offer,why should they disappear?

    • Jais says:

      Agree completely about the privacy clip not bring in the interview. I want them to air that clip on a loop on ITV as many times as inane GMB people have complained and driven the false story that they ever once said they wanted privacy. It’s maddening and that it keeps getting repeated just proves the brainwashing. So brainwash them back and repeat that clip on loop until idiots stop repeating it.

      • Angel says:

        They said in their original Statement that they wanted to be private citizen. I took that as in not doing royal appearances for charities, royal tours or announcing pregnancies or even photocall with kids etc… Royals are expected to share private family events with the public. They never said they did not want to be seen or heard again. Plus they only did one itw. These people are really dense.

    • windyriver says:

      It wouldn’t have mattered if they aired the privacy clip, everything said is twisted and spun anyway. Great recent example is Philip:

      BM (pre-interview): How dare they run this interview when Prince Philip is in the hospital?

      Statement (CBS? Oprah? not sure who): The Sussexes asked for the interview to be postponed in the event Philip passed away

      BM: How dare they talk about Philip dying!

      Meanwhile, interesting to see the DM referring to the cost of someone else’s LA home! I guess this makes constantly repeating the cost of H&M’s home okay…

  8. paranormalgirl says:

    I’m sorry. Did someone ask this guttersnipe for her opinion? Do they not understand the meaning of privacy? It simply means that YOU get to control the narrative of what you put out there or don’t.

  9. clomo says:

    Can none of these idiots see she is stunning, super smart and a good soul who works hard to better things? That’s what I see, not her skin color. I never even thought about her skin color until others did. I am hating on all these haters.

    • MA says:

      That’s their exact problem – they see that she’s better than all of them … more beautiful, intelligent, charismatic, relevant, accomplished, more everything. Yes Meghan has a crazy amount of haters but she’s also more beloved and admired. Meanwhile, they stay dehydrated and mad and will never achieve 1% of her esteem.

  10. Nev says:

    Another hater.

  11. Sofia says:

    She needs to stop passing judgement on other people and look at her own life. Has her ex husband gone to jail yet?

    The Ecclestones have always been tacky and classless.

  12. Nic919 says:

    The photo choice, using one where she has a moth eaten shirt, is excellent.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Nic I enjoyed that too

    • clomo says:

      Kaiser is great with her photo choices. The one of Brad’s crazed eyes in the car on the OUTIH set is a classic to tinfoil Kanye to Kate having keen mania. She really captures the essence of the layers of big ego madness.

    • equality says:

      That’s funny; that’s what I thought that it looked like the moths had been at her shirt.

  13. Atorontogal says:

    Is this the one that was married to a greasy POS who stole art work or something? Someone help me out here please.

    • Robin says:

      Yep, pretty close. He was the one, I think, who was sleeping with sex workers who he tried to pay with bars of gold…being a dealer in gold. Something tasteful like that.

  14. Kalana says:

    The British press knew Kate made Meghan cry but reported the opposite so they could trash Meghan.

    Meghan was being harassed by the KP staff members planting stories with Rebecca English but refusing to actually file a complaint and actually demanding the complaint Jason Knauf tried to file be rescinded. I think Toubati was later fired for cause? Compare that to the actual bullying and harassment of a staffmember that happened in Charles’ office and how she dealt with it.

    Harry and Meghan were not asked to do the Lindo photo call. The press trashed them for this and the Sussexes were not allowed to correct this. Kate later also shaded them on her podcast episode for this even though she would have known better.

    Archie’s security was compromised (Was he given security at all?) so the Sussexes took private flights with him. Will and Kate staged the Flybe stunt and leaked photos to the press to get some good pr. Blew up in their faces.

    On top of being scapegoated, their literal security and their saftey was being compromised with no guarantees of protection. This and way more was why they walked away. At this point how dumb do you have to be to not get it?

  15. Tiffany says:

    So Harry wasn’t taking her calls in California, huh?

  16. sandy says:

    they never said privacy! they just wanted away from the lying rota. who obviously keeps lying, but at least they don’t have to look at them.

  17. Lorelei says:

    What is she even talking about? They did one interview. ONE. (Two if we count the podcast episode they did a while back, but that was for a good cause, it wasn’t a traditional interview — and somehow I doubt she’s even referring to that.)

    Harry did the Corden show but Meghan had nothing to do with that.

    From the way the media won’t STFU about the Oprah interview, and the fact that the Sussexes have issued a couple of press releases (ONLY in response to ones from the BRF), it may *seem* as if they’re overexposed, but it’s not their fault that the UK media has an unhealthy obsession with them.

    This chick needs to get her facts straight before opening her mouth.

  18. Izzy says:

    LMAO someone is bitter that she didn’t end up as the Duchess of Sussex.

    • Snuffles says:

      Exactly. I’m sure there were dozens of heiresses and aristocratic girls all making a play for Harry. They’re all bitter they lost out to a bi-racial American with no “pedigree” so to speak.

  19. Belli says:

    If Meghan wants privacy, why does she exist?


    • Lorelei says:

      @Belli that’s truly the only thing that would satisfy them. They cannot handle her very existence.
      But they’ll deny they’re jealous or envious of her until they’re blue in their faces 🙄

    • Annalise says:

      OMG that PERFECTLY demonstrates the utter LUNACY of the BM’s criticisms of Meghan.
      Also- I kind of love how the acronyms for the ‘British Media’ and the term ‘bowel movement’ are one and the same.

  20. Cee says:

    Oh, please. This woman is pointless, useless and adds no value anywhere she goes. Just a billionaire’s daughter living a multi-million pound existence off the back of people who actually know the meaning of work. Whatever she has to say only holds value for those around her and on her payroll.

    Pointless, pointless troll.

  21. Maevo says:

    Omg they never said they didn’t want to be famous!!! These lies about them wanting to live totally private lives are out of control. They didn’t want drones taking pictures of their kid and the tabloids lying about them. But they most certainly still want to be public figures.

  22. S808 says:

    This is why that brilliant answer from Meghan about privacy should’ve been aired during the broadcast. Tired of these haggard white women adding their 2 cents.

  23. Merricat says:

    Most people have to work pretty hard to be as stupid as Petra Ecclestone, but I have a feeling it comes pretty natural to her.

  24. Cait says:

    Pffftt Petra E just wants attention. I follow F1 and she should just keep quiet + continue to live off her daddy’s money.
    I don’t know what Harry + Meghan are really like in real life but at least they work and have done a lot of meaningful good for many causes.

  25. Mich says:

    Deliberately conflating “we don’t want to work with the royal rota” with “we demand anonymity” is really getting irritating.

  26. Cece says:

    She just got back to LA and this is the firs thing she could think of to say publicly? This clout-chasing fool doesn’t even realize she’s being shaded. It reads to me like H&M wouldn’t take her calls. Petra here wanted to social climb into their circle and was rebuffed.

  27. Amy Bee says:

    Yeah, whatever Petra. I see what you’re doing.

  28. Case says:

    The way these lies about them are repeated reminds me so much of the nonsense right-wingers spew. They NEVER said they didn’t want to be famous and didn’t want to do interview. Literally never. It was always very clear to me that they would continue to be public figures that are just separate from the RF (and THAT isn’t even what they wanted — they wanted to remain part of the family, just not senior members!). The way people are able to repeat lies of things that are documented to the contrary never ceases to amaze me.

  29. Alexandria says:

    She speaks English but fails listening comprehension.

  30. Silent Star says:

    1) The British media doesn’t want them to utter anything they can’t control, twist and monetize. Not surprising for people who only see them as a source of profit.

    2) The Royal family and the Firm don’t want them to do or say anything that hasn’t been sanitized and approved by them. Not surprising for people who have a lot to hide.

    The rest of the haters just fall for the messaging of 1 and 2 above.

    The Sussexes piss a whole lot of people off by just choosing their own lives and speaking (or not speaking) freely. It’s a miracle they were able to get out at all. I sincerely wish them strength and happiness.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      I wish them all the best too. I truly don’t know how they deal with this. people telling untruth about me is one of the most difficult thing for me to get past even if it’s unintentional, having people deliberately misunderstand you for profit or clout would have done me in a long way back. More power to H/M especially Meghan since it’s clear she’s the real target of the two.

  31. aquarius64 says:

    So the rags are paying people on the street to trash Meghan? Money must be low for this no talent, attention seeking trust fund brat to do this.

  32. This woman who’s a nobody wants to be somebody. She’s riding on Meghan’s coattails and wants her 15 minutes of fame.

  33. Beech says:

    How much do ya think that t shirt cost Duckface? I have t shirts like that in my rag bag. Huh.

  34. Likeyoucare says:

    Waa waa waaa what about me?
    I’m a racist who never work my entire life, lets talk about me.
    What the heck is wrong with this woman?
    No one want to know about her. Can she give her receipt about her defending meghan?

  35. betsyh says:

    I’m so sick of that “but, but they wanted privacy” attack. At this point, the accusers are just willfully misunderstanding what Harry and Meghan want.

  36. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Passive- aggressive racists will be passive-aggressive racists; they know no other way. Also, what a shabby trash bag she is. Ugh.

  37. Keri says:

    This is off topic but does anyone see a resemblance between this Karen and The married German chick that Brad Pitt had a fling with? They look identical except this one is an older, blonder version.

    Why do the press keep asking entitled, bitter, hag Karens to comment? Wouldn’t it me more credible to ask the average Joe citizen on the street? These people are so transparent.

  38. Mar says:

    She’s just crusty because daddy’s money couldn’t make her as pretty at Megan

  39. Jaded says:

    Useless waste of air, and so is her former electrician boytoy.

  40. kerwood says:

    I don’t know her.

  41. Lowrider says:

    She is willfully ignorant. She should be embarrassed.

  42. Isabella says:

    Honestly, the only way these people can get attention is by talking about Meghan and Harry. They are dull, dull people with lots of money and time on their hands.

  43. Shannon says:

    ? No idea who she is and don’t care.

  44. Midge says:

    It’s been a ROUGH 32 years.

  45. North of Boston says:

    The people who keep getting hung up with the “they said they wanted privacy, why am I still hearing about them” are either being willfully and obstinately obtuse, thick headed idiots or they are trying to push an agenda.

    Hmmm, which could it be with these aristos and nouveau riche?
    In PE’s case, I’m guessing it’s some combination of all three.

  46. Bex says:

    Do all of these women have the same plastic surgeon? 😳

  47. Shayna Clifford says:

    literally who

  48. Florence says:

    Full offence, this lady looks like she needs a good wash.

  49. BnLurkN4eva says:

    If I could have had it my way, Oprah would have scheduled the interview across 2 nights and showed it in it’s entirety. Of course they couldn’t have known how in demand the interview would be. Meghan explained the privacy misunderstanding very clearly and even said flat out, she never spoke of privacy. Honestly, it would have been better to include this section than say the chicken section, which she could have saved for Gail’s morning show.

  50. Over it says:

    I don’t know this woman

  51. Over it says:

    Also she looks strung out, will need a scrubbing brush with a long pole before you come near her

  52. Elizabeth Regina says:

    She said they had a private ceremony just for them. She didn’t say it was LEGALLY binding. Please listen and read and comprehend

  53. Lemons says:

    @LeavingCalifornia, What receipts? Were you invited to their private ceremony?
    Especially when you consider common law marriages coming from the nation of “common law” you should consider taking all the seats. No documentation is needed if she and Harry wanted to have something just for them. Whether that is legally recognized or not is not up to you. You can take a look at their official marriage certificate, then their children’s birth certificates and stay mad.

  54. Nina says:

    They had an exchange of vows. How is that lying? They wanted something private just for the two of them. My parents had two different weddings being indigenous, they had a tribal wedding then one at the court. People have different reasons why they do such things. But congratulations, you found the smoking gun. Now you can start building that stake to burn her on.

  55. Still_Sarah says:

    @ Elizabeth Regina : in the Oprah interview, Meghan said no one know this but “we got married” three days before the big wedding. Watch the video again.

  56. Myra says:

    Show me the receipts that the Archbishop didn’t bless her union three days before the legal ceremony took place. She considers that to be a spiritual marriage so you have to prove that the Archbishop did not in fact bless their union while they read personal vows to each other. I’ll wait.

  57. Annalise says:

    Receipts show she is lying???? The only one who could contradict this is the Archbishop of Cantebury and im pretty sure he HASN’T.
    I think you know FULL well that Meghan and Harry were describing a simple private exchange of vows, just for them, where they could say things they didn’t want to say in front of the world. In their hearts and minds, they were getting married.
    Stop WILLFULLY misunderstanding Meghan just so you have something to criticize.

  58. Elizabeth says:

    Meghan said: “Three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that, but we called the Archbishop and said, ‘This thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.’” That’s clear to me. They had a private ceremony with the Archbishop just for them, and then later they had a huge televised ceremony. HOW is she lying? She never said they had a legally binding ceremony beforehand. She said they had a private ceremony just them and the archbishop.

  59. North of Boston says:

    For some people, the exchange of vows in front of a church official, spiritual leader is the important part of “getting married”. The legal wedding, with certificates and signatures is necessary to make the marriage ‘official’ but it’s not the be all and end all for some people. Going by what was said in the interview with Oprah, it was clear the private exchange of vows was important TO THEM, was when they considered themselves married … to each other.