Beatle to pay Mills millions in divorce

Heather Mills has been awarded R398m in her divorce settlement with estranged husband Sir Paul McCartney.

Heather Mills has been awarded R398m in her divorce settlement with estranged husband Sir Paul McCartney.

Speaking outside London's high court, Mills said she was "glad it's over" and "it was an incredible result to secure mine and my daughter's future".

As part of the deal, Mills will receive R230million for herself and R41m to buy a house in London.

The couple failed to reach an agreement in court last month, leaving the judge to determine the final figure.

The settlement will also see Sir Paul pay their four-year-old daughter Beatrice's nanny and school fees and will pay Beatrice R574000 a year.

Surrounded by a media scrum Mills insisted she was "very, very happy" with the decision.

But she said she would be appealing against the publication of the ruling this morning because of concerns for her daughter's security.

"I'm not appealing against the judgment because it's not worth it.

"I'm appealing against the publication of it because it has so many details of me and my daughter in it."

The judge found that the total value of all Sir Paul's assets, including his business assets, was about R6,5billion. The judge also refused to permit either party to raise as an issue the alleged conduct of the other on the broad ground that it was irrelevant.

Mills, who sacked her lawyer and represented herself in court, urged would-be divorcees to do the same thing.

"You can be a litigant in person. It's not easy, but just make sure you do all your research, save yourself a fortune."

A spokesman for McCartney said the former Beatle would not be commenting on the settlement.

McCartney 65, married the former model and charity campaigner Mills, 40, in 2002 but they split four years later, blaming media intrusion into their private lives.

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