Saturday, August 19, 2006

Macca fears Heather will turn video diary into TV show

Heather Mills is putting further pressure on Paul McCartney by filming a video diary of the couple's increasingly acrimonious split.

The former Beatle is understood to be concerned that the footage might easily be made into a television documentary to be sold to a broadcaster.

At present, the hours of camcorder tapes concentrate mainly on the frenzied press interest around Miss Mills.

But on a number of occasions recently, footage has also been filmed by Miss Mills and her aides of crucial points in the relationship break-down, such as when she was recently locked out of her estranged husband's London home, for example.

Sources claim the video diary is being made as an 'insurance policy' for Heather which might be used to pressure Sir Paul into a position where he will agree to a greater proportion of his fortune going to his estranged wife.

If broadcast and carefully edited, such a documentary could help sway public opinion in her Heather's favour by portraying her as a victim in an increasingly bitter divorce.

Since the couple announced their separation, Miss Mills has rarely been without her digital camcorder. The black, hand-held gadget has accompanied her everywhere, recording her every move.

When the 38-year-old former model has not been holding the camcorder herself, one of her aides - which have collectively been dubbed Team Heather - has taken up the role of cameraman.

A spokesman for Miss Mills has vehemently denied that she is making a documentary - insisting she is merely recording the movements of the paparazzi who have been following her closely since news of the break-up emerged.

However, the filming includes all of the occasions where Heather might feel she has been wronged by the ex-Beatle.

Last week, the campaigner's close confidante and make-up artist Mark Payne, filmed her departure from McCartney's £8million home in London, as the warring couple handed over their two-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

From the safety of a chauffeur driven car, Payne recorded Miss Mills leaving the house thirty minutes prior to the ex-Beatle's arrival.

It is not known, however, whether or not Miss Mills, who is currently holidaying in Los Angeles, has taken the trusty camcorder with her.

A source close to Heather said: 'Heather feels that her life has become a bit of a pantomime circus since the split. She is being hounded by paparazzi and has no privacy anymore. Originally she set out to film the photographers at work, to prove what a nuisance they are. Now things have moved on and it's turned into a diary of what happens to her every day.

'Heather also sees herself as something of a documentary film maker. The past three months have unwittingly provided ample opportunity to experiment with that.'

One of Sir Paul's confidantes added: 'Paul was initially happy about Heather filming. His only concern was that she shouldn't film little Beatrice. But now the gloves are off, Paul is worried the filming might be used as just another weapon in Heather's armoury.'

During her trip she has held several meetings with her American lawyers - prompting observers to question whether she is angling for residency in the US, which would allow her to obtain a far more generous divorce settlement.

McCartney is also in the United States but staying in New York on a two-week break in the Hamptons.

While Miss Mills has spent much of the past two weeks in the newspapers, being photographed in a series of different situations - and outfits - McCartney has kept a much lower profile.

Friends of McCartney fear that Miss Mills is staging a defiant media campaign with the aid of several, well thought out publicity stunts.

Such claims were fuelled by the publication of photos of Miss Mills boarding a helicopter to Heathrow, with Beatrice, following a hand-over meeting close to McCartney's estate in Peasmarsh, East Sussex.

Insiders in the McCartney camp are said to be adamant that the photographs were a set-up - although Miss Mills' aides have, in turn, been quick to deny all such speculation.

The couple's relationship is at an all-time low after McCartney issued Miss Mills with a legal letter, accusing her of taking three bottles of cleaning fluid without his permission.

Since then, he has also changed all the locks on the couple's former marital home, resulting in Miss Mills being barred from the house.

On one occasion she was humiliatingly mistaken for an intruder by members of the singer's security team, resulting in the police being called into resolve the situation.


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