Heather Mills McCARTNEY fiercely guards her baby with her husband and former BEATLE Sir Paul McCartney, because she's terrified she will suffer the same fate as his late bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison.

The former model is determined to protect 20-month-old BEATRICE from the fates suffered by Lennon, who was shot dead by a crazed fan in New York in 1981, and Harrison, who was attacked at his home in England in 1999.

She says, "I don't like talking about Beatrice much in case she gets put into the spotlight.

"Remember John Lennon was shot and George Harrison was stabbed."

For the same reason Mills McCartney also refuses to employ a nanny - which also safeguards the family's privacy after witnessing celebrity couple DAVID and Victoria Beckham deny claims by their former nanny ABBIE GIBSON that their marriage was in trouble.

She adds, "It's Paul's turn to babysit tonight. We take turns. We don't have a nanny. I've had six miscarriages and two ectopic pregnancies so I want to spend as much time with Beatrice as possible.

"And anyway - a nanny? Are you kidding? After what happened with David Beckham?"

22/06/2005 14:00