SOD AUSTERITY, BILLIONAIRE’S DAUGHTER TAMARA ECCLESTONE IS THE SAFEST INVESTMENT FOR YOUR DEPOSIT.
When totters in, it’s amid a swarm of courtiers. She wears Louboutin heels so high Fearless Felix the skydiving nut would give them a miss. She’s the curviest heiress on the planet, she’s set to inherit a £2.7billion fortune, and at this very moment she’s naked save for a tiny, figure-hugging dressing gown with ‘cupcake’ stitched on the back. It’s taken 20 minutes for her security team to sweep the premises and determine, by whispering into their secret-service earpieces, that the loaded team are not moonlighting as a snatch squad. “Hi, I’m Tamara Ecclestone,” she purrs to everyone individually, charm personified.
We have invited the socialite, TV personality and model to the opulent Georgian residence in Mayfair’s Portland Place where Oscar- winning Brit flick The King’s Speech was filmed, to celebrate 18 years of legendary Loaded cover girls. In notorious surrounds featured in Amy Winehouse’s Rehab video and privileged to the secrets of outrageous swingers parties for the rich and decadent, she takes her rightful place in the pantheon of beauties who have graced our esteemed and celebrated organ.
Tamara – the daughter of Formula One supremo and Britain’s fourth richest person Bernie Ecclestone and Croat Armani model Slavia – feels perfectly at home, as she orders a lackey to light her a Marlboro. Thus begins a three-hour session in hair and make-up. Even the hairdresser has an assistant. We wait for the making of an icon. loaded have been made to wait before and having the patience of an oyster has seen Kylie, Jordan, Cameron (Diaz, not Dave), Liz Hurley, The Body and Kelly Brook strike a pose on the front.
Being naturally gorgeous is just one string to the bow of our latest find. Tamara literally lives the life of a princess. She has an exclusive £45million mansion in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington, regularly sets up residence in £2,000-a-night suites atop the top hotels in the world after landing in private jets and soaks her bits in a £1million crystal bath tub that she reportedly had built after her minions were dispatched to trek through the Amazon to find the sparklers for.
On top of all that, she’s blessed with the figure of a siren, has a naughty sense of humour and is quite excited about stepping into a pair of thigh-high boots that would leave Big Ben ringing from here to eternity. When she’s finally ready, she’s quick to scotch those spoilt-rich-girl preconceptions. “I don’t know what people think,” she remarks in an expectedly posh accent. “Do they think that I eat caviar for breakfast? It’s rank! I eat sugar-free Alpine.”
We keenly note that down for our databank of important celebrity facts. “I definitely realise my life is privileged, but my parents were adamant that we’d grow up with both feet firmly on the ground. They are both quite no-nonsense and they have kept me grounded. On my foot it says ‘the best is yet to come’, and that’s there because I really believe it. It’s not been an easy year for me at all.”
It wasn’t too bad though. She retains her air of mystery by denying she splashed out all that money on a bath. Yet, she was reported to have said when asked about the extravagant luxury on a previous occasion: “It’s completely true. They’ve gone to find this crystal which will be turned into my bathtub. It’s costing £1 million because I’ve got to reinforce the floor and I’ve had to pay for everyone’s travel and the hauling back and polishing of the crystal. But I spend a lot of time in the bath so it’s worth it.”
In person though, Tamara is striking, sultry, polite and, it appears, pretty happy with life, which is surprising given the 28-year-old brunette kicked ex-stockbroker boyfriend Omar Khyami out of her home after seeing a film of him in a sordid sex session. “I do feel like this is a new beginning and it was a lucky escape,” she says of her split with Omar. “And I’m really enjoying my life right now. It’s definitely made me want to be single for a while. I’ve always gone from relationship to relationship so it’s good to take time out.”
So, what would a man have to do to snare a date with the world’s most eligible heiress? “I know it sounds really cheesy, but they’ve got to make me laugh. If someone can’t make me laugh then it’s not going to happen. Honestly, looks are the least important thing.” Hmm, we are not sure we believe you… “Did you see my ex-boyfriend?” she laughs.
Splitting her time between London, Los Angeles and New York, Tamara is set to launch a luxury range of hair care products. But that hasn’t all been a whirlwind of glamour, she admits. “At one point we had to go to Paris to get a fragrance for my hair care. You have to smell a lot of things that aren’t great to get to the right thing. So while we were in Paris roaming around the lab where things are made, the guy that was taking us around said, ‘smell this.’ I had no idea what it was, but it was essentially the smell produced by mens sweaty balls!”
What a treat for her. As she swishes around the set scantily clad, we notice several tattoos – one on her foot, on her back and on her wrist. “Most recently I had one my shoulder saying ‘Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together’. I’ve got my sisters initials on my wrist and her name and my mum’s on my back, and my name in a tiara.”
Why not one of her father Bernie? “Um, I don’t know. We’re really close but just in a different way. A more practical relationship.”
Will she ask advice from Dad on this venture? “Definitely, he’s given me tons of advice and he’s really supportive. I just want to have something I’m proud of and he is too.” Yet this is a girl who spares no expense when it comes to her continual fairytale. Shortly after our shoot, she caused chaos with her neighbouring church folk by having mature trees hoisted into the gardens of her six- storey, 55 room pleasure palace and leaving cars belonging to two members of the clergy scratched and a solid brick gate pillar broken.
Father Gillean Craig warned that Tamara wanting mature trees rather than saplings seemed a bit ridiculous. “I do wonder what’s going on in the world when people with a lot of money behave in this way,” he scoffed. But in the end the spirit of forgiveness prevailed. Perhaps a new roof for the church is overdue. The re-landscaping was the latest phase of a massively expensive project. Every room in her London property is dedicated to sin of indulgence, complete with Tamara’s own underground nightclub, bowling alley, fully- operational beauty salon and even a dog spa for her lavishly pampered pooches.
Other touches, created by an army of 80 construction workers, include a vast dressing room to store the heiress’s equally vast wardrobe and £500,000 handbag collection, and a vehicle lift for her supercars, so she never need do anything common. It also has a sub-basement, carved almost 40 feet beneath the back garden, which houses a private swimming pool complex, including a sauna, massage room and pool with a Jacuzzi, obviously.
Treatment rooms designated purely for massage, changing rooms with lockers and a tiled sauna, run the length of the pool before opening out on to a fully stocked glass- topped bar. However, the girl who has everything, still wants more. Tamara has further plans for her profile and hints at a reality show based possibly in New York and giving us an even more candid into the type of life everyone else on the planet can only dream of.
Yet the big mystery is why someone so rich and beautiful would want to work at all, let alone by stripping to her scanties for loaded? “Because I’m not going to do it in my sixties,” she adds. “So I might as well do it now.”
We were going to follow that up with a heavier question: Is there a God? But I think she just answered that.