15:29 15 January 2010
Sir Paul McCartney is making secret plans to marry his US heiress girlfriend Nancy Shevell, it has been reported.
The Beatles singer/songwriter, 67, is allegedly keen to wed for the third time. Shevell, 48, has been his girlfriend for nearly two years.
The star reportedly organised a family meeting in the Caribbean this month to discuss with his children the future of his relationship to the New York-based businesswoman.
A close friend of the 'Hey Jude' hitmaker told the Daily Express newspaper: "Paul and Nancy's relationship is rock solid and there's no mad hurry for a wedding.
"Next year has certainly been mentioned as the most likely time, but neither of them want some big deal made out of it.
"It's almost certainly going to be done very discreetly over in the US and Paul would ideally like to do it without any publicity beforehand, but whether he could pull that off is another matter."
McCartney's last marriage was to current 'Dancing on Ice' contestent Heather Mills. She is also the mother to his youngest daughter, Beatrice, 6.
The marriage to the charity campaigner lasted from 2002 to 2008, when they went through a bitter divorce. She walked away with a £24.3 million ($42.7 million) payout for Beatrice and herself.
McCartney's first marriage, however, was one of the entertainment world's most enduring. Linda McCartney (née Eastman) wed the Beatle in 1968. The marriage lasted up until the vegetarian frozen food pioneer's death from cancer in 1997.
Shevell holds the position of vice-president of administration at her father's company, New England Motor Freight.
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