Heather Mills has been dropped by animal rights group PETA. This is no ordinary parting of ways. It comes from the insistence of the daughter of an estranged husband. Mills has been dumped by animal rights group PETA – at the request of Sir Paul McCartney’s daughter Mary.
The parting is just another set back for the divorcing Mills McCarthy who faces mounting legal costs in what is set to be a tremendous divorce settlement undertaking. Heather Mills McCarthy split from her estranged husband May 2006.
Sir Paul McCartney and his estranged wife Heather Mills McCartney agreed to separate last year after finding it “increasingly difficult” to maintain a normal relationship in the glare of the public eye. The former couple, who had been married for four years, said at the time the split came “with sadness”.
The pair declared last year, “Our parting is amicable and both of us still care about each other very much but have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives, and we have actively tried to protect the privacy of our child,” the couple added.
The former couple met in 1999 at a charity event a year after Sir Paul’s first wife of 29 years, Linda, died from cancer. In 2001 they got engaged while on a short break in the Lake District and they wed the next year at a remote countryside castle in Ireland.
Lady McCartney gave birth to the couple’s child Beatrice Milly, who is now three, in the autumn of 2003. Sir Paul already has three children from his marriage to Linda – musician James, photographer Mary, and fashion designer Stella. He also has a stepdaughter, Heather, from Linda’s first marriage.
Since the split the battle over the estate and assets of Sir McCarthy has been more the unfortunate subject for media spectacle. The divorce seems to be that which has drawn even more than its fair share of media attention. It is easy to see why Heather Mills’s split from Sir Paul McCartney has captured the public imagination.
In the past Mills has been quick to deny rifts between her and any one of the McCarthy children. She went so far during the relationship to post on her official Heather Mills McCartney website denials to the rumors of a rift between Sir Paul’s older children, particularly Stella, and herself.
The site then, carried a note from Sir Paul that read: “The media sometimes suggests a rift between my kids and Heather, but in fact we get on great and anyone who knows our family can see this for themselves.”
The confirmation of more than a rift between Mills and daughter Mary appears more certain than not. Mary McCartney, 37, agreed to work on Peta’s latest campaign only after she was assured that her stepmother was no longer involved with the organization.
She and her younger siblings, Stella, the 35-year-old fashion designer, and James, a 29-year-old sculptor, are very protective of their father. Mary who almost never speaks out on his second marriage made her feeling very clear now.
Mary was keen to take photographs for Peta, which she has done in the past, but wanted reassurances that Heather no longer represented the group,” one of her closest friends said.
Mary took pictures of the pop singer Jamelia posing nude with a rabbit, in Kentish Town, north London, last week. The pictures will be published to coincide with the Brit Awards on February 14, for which Jamelia has been nominated.
They are part of Peta’s “I Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, a cause close to Mills’s heart. Mary has previously photographed Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sophie Ellis Bextor for PETA campaigns.