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McCartneys set for 'battle royal'

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Heather Mills McCartney married former Beatle Paul in 2002.

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Paul McCartney and estranged wife Heather Mills McCartney have hired the divorce lawyers who represented Prince Charles and Princess Diana to handle their own increasingly acrimonious separation.

A spokesman for Mills confirmed on Tuesday that she would be represented by Anthony Julius, a senior partner at London law firm Mischon de Reya, who helped Diana secure a 17-million pound ($32 million) settlement following her split from Charles in 1996.

The former Beatle has hired Fiona Shackleton of Payne Hicks Beach, who represented Charles in the royal divorce case, to argue his case.

Mills, who married McCartney in 2002, is expected to claim a substantial share of the musician's fortune, which is estimated to be worth around $1.5 billion. The couple have a two-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

Meanwhile both sides attempted to play down an incident on Monday when Mills was left standing in the street outside McCartney's London mansion after the locks had been changed.

Photographs published in the Daily Mirror newspaper showed Mills with police, who had been alerted by staff that an intruder was attempting to break into the property after her security guard scaled the wall.

"She was laughing about it," said Mills' spokesman Phil Hall. "One of the security people inside called the police."

A source close to McCartney dismissed suggestions that he had deliberately locked his wife out as "rubbish" and said the incident was "a simple misunderstanding," according to British press reports.

The pair announced they were splitting in May but insisted their relationship remained "amicable." McCartney began formal divorce proceedings last month. citing his wife's "unreasonable behavior."

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