Tamara Ecclestone has jetted to her sixth country since the start of the Covid lockdown, after flying to Beverly Hills to celebrate Easter with her family.
The heiress, 36, recently took to Instagram to share a slew of snaps with her husband Jay Rutland and their two daughters of the low-key celebration.
Since the start of the Covid pandemic, Tamara has travelled to multiple countries after revealing she has ‘no plans’ to return to London, including The Maldives, Dubai, Croatia and Switzerland.
Another break? Tamara Ecclestone has jetted to her sixth country since the start of the Covid lockdown, after flying to Beverly Hills to celebrate Easter with her family
Globe-trotter: Since the start of the Covid pandemic, Tamara has travelled to multiple countries after revealing she has ‘no plans’ to return to London
One of the snaps from their family break showed Tamara and Jay beaming with their daughters Sophia, seven, and Serena, six months, with the table covered in Easter decorations.
The snap was shared on both of the couple’s Instagram accounts, though it was Jay who tagged the location as Beverley Hills in California.
Tamara also posted an image with her baby daughter outside the Sweet Rose Creamery, which is located in Santa Monica.
Another country? The heiress recently took to Instagram to share a slew of snaps with her husband Jay Rutland and their two daughters of the low-key celebration
Jay was clearly thrilled to be back in California as he discovered it was home to one of his favourite pizza restaurants, writing: ‘My favourite pizza joint @psp_nyc only went and opened in LA.’
This is the sixth country that Tamara and Jay have travelled to since the start of the Covid pandemic, having first travelled to Croatia with her sister Petra to holiday on their father Bernie’s £28 million yacht.
During the trip Tamara hit back at criticism for flying abroad at the height of the Covid crisis, writing on Instagram: ‘Clearly this virus hasn’t changed some people for the better which is a bit of a shame.
‘For those of you that are confused or just bitter. I didn’t leave the house at all during lockdown…
‘I didn’t even go to the park or exercise. I am half-Croatian so decided it would be best, safest to come here, which is not forbidden and I am now following the rules in Croatia. As for the home school questions, a return to school was option…
‘We chose to continue to home school Fifi she is doing better than ever and has gone up two reading bands. If I am not mistaken no one is obliged to follow me so you know what to do.’
Tamara had previously said she has no plans to return to London following the dramatic security lapse that led to a multi-million pound jewel heist at her West London home.
Her husband Jay Rutland admitted concerns over his family’s safety was one reason they had not been back more since the start of the pandemic..
Jurors at a recent trial related to the burglary heard the home was so huge that security staff did not notice the thieves breaking in through the back garden or plundering several rooms of the house during the hour-long raid.
Speaking from Dubai about their plans, 39-year-old businessman Jay told MailOnline: ‘We do not intend to return to the UK from Dubai.
‘There are a host of reasons why we are not going back to London any time soon and security is one of them. The truth is we are playing it month by month and watching how the situation develops.’
Mr Rutland denied that he and Miss Ecclestone, 36, had broken travel restrictions as they had not returned to the UK since leaving the country in June 2020.
‘We have not broken the lockdown rules to come Dubai, that is not what we have done,’ he told MailOnline. ‘At the beginning of the outbreak last year we really stuck to the rules.
‘From March to May we locked down and did not leave the house [in London]. We went to Croatia in [June in] the summer, but that was only after the rules changed and everyone was allowed to travel.
‘From there we went to Switzerland and we stayed there until Christmas when we came here to Dubai. There are a host of reasons why are not planning to return to London any time soon.
‘Security is one of them but certainly not the only reason. There is not a strict plan about when we are going to return to the UK or to Switzerland. Switzerland is in lockdown as well.
‘Therefore, my gallery is closed and I can do any work I need to do remotely. We are here on an extended holiday while all this stuff is going on.’
Tamara’s ‘Illness-phobic’ billionaire sister Petra has previous defended travelling to seven countries in lockdown to ‘escape coronavirus’, claiming that ‘others would if they could’.
The heiress has travelled with her fiancé Sam Palmer, 37, and four children from London to Croatia to LA, then Switzerland, Monaco and France, then back to LA and Monaco, then The Maldives and back to Monaco since March last year.
Talking to the Times’ T2, Petra asserted she hasn’t broken rules and said: ‘We’re currently in Monaco. For now. Not sure where we’ll be next week . . . We’re very Covid-conscious. We’ve flown completely around the world to try and miss it. What I think we’ve realised now is you can’t run from coronavirus.’
The couple returned to London from their home in LA just as the pandemic hit last year and they hardly left the house at this point.
They then flew to Croatia to stay on her Formula One boss dad Bernie’s yacht for one month in the summer.
But because her sister Tamara, 36, and her father Bernie, 90, were both in Switzerland with their families, they decided to go there so their children could partake in outdoor activities instead of being cooped up at home.
As the virus grew, the family travelled to Monaco after two months because ‘it has done very well for coronavirus,’ Sam noted.
Despite schools being open there, the couple have been home-schooling their children but their nanny-housekeeper contracted coronavirus and so they’ve been doing everything themselves.
Acknowledging how difficult single mothers would be finding this situation, homeschooling in an apartment, Sam said, ‘we can’t really complain.’
Petra regards herself as being illness-phobic due to a near-death experience with meningitis when she was aged 14.
She noted: ‘I’m a huge hypochondriac. I hate germs and anything that I’m not in 100 per cent control over gives me anxiety. So this whole virus… it scares me and it isn’t great for my anxiety. ‘