Paul McCartney marries US heiress at modest London ceremony


LONDON – Former Beatle Paul McCartney married for the third time yesterday, exchanging vows with American heiress Nancy Shevell at the same London register office where he married his first wife Linda in 1969.

The beaming couple emerged from the grey-stone Old Marylebone Town Hall to confetti and cheers from dozens of fans who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of the music legend and his new wife.

Shevell (51) wore a knee-length, long-sleeved white dress which reports said was designed by McCartney’s fashion designer daughter, Stella.

The bride also had a white decoration in her hair and carried a small posy of flowers, while McCartney (69) wore a dark suit and light blue tie.

Despite his huge wealth as a key singer and songwriter for the world’s most successful pop band, McCartney chose a modest civil ceremony before a small group of family and friends.

Ringo Starr, the only other surviving member of the “Fab Four”, and his wife, Barbara Bach, were among the guests at the wedding.

Another former Beatle, John Lennon, who was assassinated in New York in 1980, would have been 71 yesterday.

After the ceremony, which lasted just over an hour, the newlyweds returned to McCartney’s home in St John’s Wood for an evening reception.

The property in the upmarket area of north London is just a few streets away from the Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded many of their most famous songs.

Asked how he felt after marrying for a third time, he told reporters: “Terrific, thank you. I feel married. I feel absolutely wonderful.”

McCartney’s spokesman has declined to divulge any details of the wedding day, but celebrity-hungry tabloids in Britain, where the affectionately named “Macca” is hugely popular, have been poring over every detail.

According to those reports, McCartney composed a song for Shevell on their big day. He was also expected to perform Let it Be, which he sang to Shevell on one of their first holidays together three years ago, and her favourite, Let Me Roll It,the Sunday Mirrorsaid.

McCartney was married for 29 years to American photographer Linda until her death from breast cancer in 1998. He said at the time that he and Linda had spent just 11 nights apart during their marriage.

McCartney’s marriage to former model and charity campaigner Heather Mills was less happy.

The couple married in 2002 in a lavish ceremony at Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, estimated by celebrity magazines to have cost about $3.2 million (€2.4 million).

However four years later they confirmed they had separated, blaming media intrusion into their private lives, and in 2008 the couple divorced.

A judge had to rule on the size of the divorce settlement after the couple failed to reach agreement themselves and Mills was awarded £24.3 million (€28.2 million), ending one of the most acrimonious break-ups in showbusiness history.

McCartney has a son, two daughters and a stepdaughter from his marriage to Linda, and a daughter from his marriage to Mills. Shevell has a son from a previous relationship. – (Reuters)