Mills walking away with £24,3 mln

2008-03-18 00:00

LONDON — A British court ordered former Beatle Paul McCartney yesterday to pay his estranged wife Heather Mills £24,3 million after an acrimonious divorce battle.

The settlement was a fifth of the sum that she had sought, but she still ended up with the equivalent of $1 400 an hour for her four-year marriage to the pop icon.

Speaking after the judge’s ruling, Mills said: “I am so glad it is over. It is an incredible result in the end … We are very, very pleased …”. McCartney declined to comment.

McCartney (65) married the former model and charity campaigner Mills (40) in 2002, but they separated four years later, blaming media intrusion into their private lives. They have a daughter, Beatrice, aged four.

Mills criticised McCartney’s lawyer Fiona Shackleton, accusing her of handling the case badly and of calling her names.

Mills, who sacked her lawyer and represented herself in court, urged would-be divorcees to do the same thing. “You can be a litigating person,” she said. “You’d save yourself a fortune.”

Justice Hugh Bennett, giving details of the settlement, said: “The judgment decided that the husband should pay the wife a lump sum of £16,5 million, which together with her assets of £7,8 million means that she exits her marriage with total assets of £24,3 million.”

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