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Heather Mills settles for £33 million

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Heather Mills is set to accept a £29 million cash and property divorce settlement from estranged husband Sir Paul McCartney. The former model has reportedly backtracked on her previous demands of £10,000 a day - just to get by. She is also said to have given up on her bid for sole custody of the couple's three-year-old daughter Beatrice. A source told Britain's News of the World newspaper: "It's amazing how quickly things have turned around. Heather has caved in on lots of things - including her money demands and the issue of sole custody. We now expect her to settle. Heather's stance has completely changed. Paul's legal team were worried she might have upped the stakes by threatening to leave England and take Beatrice with her. It could still take weeks to thrash out a deal but they' re on the right path." The settlement is likely to include £29 million in cash and Paul's £4 million St John's Wood mansion in London. It is believed Paul, 64, has agreed to contribute £2 million towards Heather's security costs during the divorce proceedings. Despite apparently a settlement, Heather, 39, is allegedly planning to speak out about her four-year marriage to The Beatles legend. The source added: "Heather told me, 'I will not sign a gagging clause because I want people to know the truth.' " Leaked court documents from last year revealed Heather had claimed Paul was physically violent to her during their marriage. Her allegations included claims the musician had pushed her into a bath while she was pregnant and on another occasion stabbed her in the arm with a broken wine glass. Heather will take Beatrice to the US this week while she competes in TV show 'Dancing with the Stars'.

Heather Mills has been photographed wearing a mink coat. The ardent animal rights campaigner - who branded former PETA supporter Naomi Campbell a "hypocrite" for sporting fur - is seen wearing a fur coat made from up to 40 animals in video footage filmed in 1989. The former model's sister-in-law Dianna Karmal told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "She really loved that coat. When I see her anti-fur campaigns now, I always chuckle. It's laughable that she's called so many celebrities hypocrites. She's styled herself as an anti-fur campaigner but was proud to be in her mother's mink. The picture is from long ago but no-one's aware of her previous love of fur. The charities she campaigns for will all feel let down."

Heather, who is currently involved in a bitter divorce battle with Sir Paul McCartney, was an active supporter of PETA but was dropped by the organisation earlier this year. It was claimed Paul's photographer daughter Mary threatened to stop working on the 'I would rather go naked than wear fur' campaign unless the animal rights group severed ties with her stepmother. Before Heather split from Paul last year, she regularly worked for PETA - protesting against Canadian seal culling and the fur trade. She even posed nude for PETA's 2007 calendar, but the photographs were dropped after her divorce battle began.

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