Stella Mccartney's feud with step-mother Heather Mills is thawing - following the birth of Heather's baby BEATRICE.

Fashion designer Stella, 31, is honeymooning with new husband ALASDHAIR WILLIS, and had planned to fly back to witness the birth of dad SIR PAUL McCARTNEY's new baby - but was thwarted when Heather, 35, gave birth to Beatrice three weeks early on 28 October (03).

An insider says, "She is distraught she is away at such an important time in her family's life."

Pals say that the pair - who have had a famously tempestuous relationship - have bonded over Mills' pregnancy.

05/11/2003 14:06