Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills fail to reach divorce settlement after eight-hour talks
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY AND estranged wife Heather Mills failed to agree on a satisfactory divorce deal yesterday, after a whopping eight hours of intense talks.
The sticking point? The price of Heather’s silence.
It’s thought the pair has thrashed out a deal in the region of £50 to £60 million, but that negotiations have stalled over the scope of the confidentiality clause to be included.
Mills, 39, is thought to want to be free to discuss the terms of any deal, as well as their marriage, while Sir Paul requires complete confidentiality as the price for his offer.
The hearing, which took place in Court 16 in an annexe of the Royal Courts of Justice in High Holborn, could be continued today or next week, but, if the stalemate continues, the last-minute agreement they had hoped for could turn in to a costly and very public court divorce hearing, which both parties had been hoping to avoid.
Divorce experts warn that a hearing in such a high-profile case, where claims and counter claims could fly in all directions, would be extremely gruelling. Lawyer Vanessa Lloyd Platt told the Sun: ‘If they don’t crack it at some point over the next few days the situation will explode. Hopes of a settlement become more distant and it really can become quite nasty.
‘The next few days will tell us whether they are either really close to a deal or it will become out-and-out war.
‘The next stage is a full hearing, the date of which will be determined by the availability of the barristers on both sides.’