Petra Ecclestone is believed to have filed legal documents in a bid to change the surnames of her three children from her ex-husband James Stunt’s name to hers.
The British socialite, 33, wants the surnames of his children – Andrew Kulbir Stunt, James Robert Frederick Stunt and Lavinia Stunt – changed to Ecclestone, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.
Petra divorced businessman James in 2017 after six years of marriage and has since had her youngest child Millie at 18 months with her fiancé Sam Palmer.
As a justification for the name change, the documents say: ‘Change and remove surname of absent father, who is subject to regular negative media and tabloid articles and criminal investigation.’
Changes: Petra Ecclestone is believed to have filed documents to change the surnames of her children from her ex-husband James Stunts’ (both pictured in 2011) name to her
The judge has reportedly not yet ruled on the Formula 1 heir’s application.
MailOnline has contacted Petra and James’ representatives for comment.
Gold market trader James is awaiting trial in 2022 for money laundering, forgery and racist abuse of a police officer – which he has denied.
He has been accused of racistly harassing PC Richard Harper at his former £ 3.9 million mansion in Knightsbridge, south-west London, on 6 June last year.
Battle: The British socialite, 33, wants the last names of his children – Andrew Kulbir Stunt, James Robert Frederick Stunt and Lavinia Stunt – changed to Ecclestone. Pictured: The three children with Petra, her fiancé Sam Palmer and their daughter Millie
The stunt was charged with racist or religiously aggravated harassment and one for using threatening, insulting or insulting words to cause harassment or anxiety.
He received unconditional bail and the date of his trial was set for July 25 next year to allow for a previous hearing in which he is involved.
In February, James ‘absolutely’ denied having racistly harassed a black Metropolitan Police officer and was told he would have to wait 17 months for his trial.
The businessman is due to appear in court in Leeds in April next year after being accused of money laundering and forgery following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police – all of which he vehemently denies.
Marriage: James married Petra in Italy in 2011 and they welcomed Lavinia at nine years followed by twins James and Andrew at six before their divorce in 2017
When he appeared at Southwark Crown Court via video link, he denied having caused racially aggravated alarm or anxiety and a further crime of harassment, and when he was brought to justice, he told the court: ‘Absolutely not guilty’.
Defendant Karim Khalil QC asked the court to postpone the two- to three-day trial until a 12-week trial in April next year is concluded in Leeds for an unrelated alleged charge of money laundering.
James married Petra, daughter of F1 magnate Bernie Ecclestone, in Italy in 2011, and they welcomed Lavinia at nine years, followed by twins James and Andrew at six before their divorce in 2017.
James once boasted of being worth £ 3 billion and having 200 luxury cars, but he was declared bankrupt in June 2019.
Family: Petra is now engaged to fiancé Sam Palmer (both pictured in March 2018), 38, and she welcomed her youngest child Millie at 18 months in April last year
Petra is now engaged to fiancé Sam Palmer, 38, and she welcomed her youngest child Millie, 18 months, with him in April last year.
Sam has previously spoken honestly about his bad relationship with Petra’s ex-husband James, who has often fought back.
Petra and James’ divorce ended in October 2017, after six years of marriage.
Although no details of the settlement were released, James was reported to have signed a £ 16m marriage contract, with Petra also granting custody of the couple’s three children.
Moves on: Meanwhile, businessman James is believed to have been with his current girlfriend Helena Robinson for about two years
In the meantime businessman James is believed to have been with his current girlfriend Helena Robinson for about two years.
Last year, James thanked Helena for ‘saving his life’ and getting him out of drugs.
He said: ‘She saved my life – and is even willing to let me fake credit for my children’s Lego. I have never met anyone more beautiful, both inside and out …
‘She is my Helena of Troy. She saved my life when people who have known me my whole life did not lift a finger. She got me out of the drugs and lit the fire in my soul once more. ‘
According to The Mirror, the couple met in August 2019 and moved into a new home together in September 2020.