EXCLUSIVE: Inside the plush London penthouse where tragic socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson lay dead for five days … – Daily Mail
The penthouse where tragic Tara Palmer-Tomkinson lay dead for five days has sold for more than £2million, MailOnline can reveal.
Executors of the socialite’s estate refurbished the three bedroom flat in Earls Court, West London and it on the market months after she was found dead there in February last year.
Her flat sold for £2,313,000 in January after initially being listed by estate agents for £2.5m.
Palmer-Tomkinson, a close friend of Prince Charles and a favourite with his sons William and Harry, had bought the flat for £1,687,850 in 2005.
The penthouse where tragic Tara Palmer-Tomkinson lay dead for five days has sold for more than £2million, MailOnline can reveal
Her flat sold for £2,313,000 in January after initially being listed by estate agents for £2.5m
Palmer-Tomkinson died at the property (pictured) where she lived for 13 years in February last year
Her sister Santa Montefiore and brother James Palmer Tomkinson are the beneficiaries of the estate as she did not have children.
It was thought the former party girl had died from a brain tumour with friends claiming she had been withdrawn and a virtual recluse in the weeks before her death in February 2017.
But her novelist sister revealed she had died in her sleep as a result of a perforated stomach ulcer.
Her body is thought to have gone undiscovered for five days at the flat before being found by her cleaner.
The three bed flat has undergone a make-over with walls being painted in neutral colours before being put on the market. The new owner is from America.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla had led the tributes to Palmer-Tomkinson following her death saying they were ‘deeply saddened’ at the loss of the close family friend.
Tara’s body is thought to have gone undiscovered for five days at the flat before being found by her cleaner
The three bed flat has undergone a make-over with walls being painted in neutral colours before being put on the market. The new owner is from America
Tara’s sister Santa Montefiore and brother James Palmer Tomkinson are the beneficiaries of the estate which sold the flat (pictured) as she did not have children
Tara, a close friend of Prince Charles and a favourite with his sons William and Harry, had bought the flat for £1.7m in 2005
The stunning flat also had a balcony where Tara would often be pictured relaxing on a sunlounger
Tara, pictured at her beloved flat, was a guest at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
The Palmer-Tomkinson family have been friends with Prince Charles since the 1970s and became part of his inner circle after his marriage to Princess Diana.
Tara’s parents Charles and ex-model Patty often accompanied Prince Charles on his annual skiing trip to Klosters in Switzerland.
During the 1988 trip Patty suffered serious leg injuries after almost being buried alive in an avalanche that claimed the life of former royal equerry Major Hugh Lindsay.
Patty’s life was only saved by a ski guide who gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after digging her out from under mounds of snow.
She spent four months in a Swiss hospital recovering from her injuries before returning to the family’s 1,200-acre estate in Hampshire.
While her youngest daughter Tara made the most of her royal connections, as a London socialite, her eldest daughter Santa, now aged 48, became a best selling novelist after a career in public relations.
Married to the historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore, she has written 20 books.
During the 1990s she was a regular on the London party scene where she frequently hit the headlines with her extravagant lifestyle and revealing outfits
One of the executors of Tara’s will was her sister Santa Montefiore (left), pictured with her historian husband Simon Sebag Montefiore (centre) and Tara Palmer Tomkinson at the Serpentine Summer Party, at The Serpentine Gallery in 2007
Her brother James has mostly shunned the limelight and built up a successful ski tour company offering specialised trips to Klosters.
He launched the company after quitting his job in the City.
Tara was a guest at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
During the 1990s she was a regular on the London party scene where she frequently hit the headlines with her extravagant lifestyle and revealing outfits.
Tara’s brother James Palmer Tomkinson (pictured), a keen skier, was also an executor of her estate
She had a well-documented battle with cocaine, spending up to £400-a-day at the height of her addiction and admitted she nearly died from an overdose and needed septum reconstruction surgery.
Tara had appeared on numerous reality TV shows, coming second to Tony Blackburn on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002.
But in recent years she became a virtual recluse as result of her drug addiction and a nervous breakdown.
She never married, but had relationships with a number of high-profile businessmen and pop stars, including Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes.
After her death it was revealed that she left her estate to the children she never had.
The will had been written 13 years before her death and she had stipulated that her fortune would go to her children when they reached the age of 25.
As she died childless her sister and brother inherited what was estimated to be a £2.3m fortune.
In what is understood to be the her last interview, she told the Daily Mail how her biggest regret was ‘trusting people too easily in the 90s’ when she was at the height of her popularity.
In it, she said: ‘People still think I’m a party-crazy girl, but I’m 45 now and I live a much quieter life.
‘And they think I live off a trust fund, but I’ve always earned my own money.’