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Profiles of Prince Harry, Prince William, Paul McCartney
Aired August 30, 2003 - 11:00 ET
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ANNOUNCER: Next on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS, they are the hope and the heritage of the British monarchy.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You've got Prince Harry and Prince William coming into their own and the royal image is greatly helped by that.
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ANNOUNCER: A king in waiting, a modern day heartthrob.
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UNIDENTIFED MALE: It was very difficult (UNINTELLIGIBLE).
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ANNOUNCER: And a prince feeling the heat of public scrutiny.
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ANNE-MARIE O'NEILL, SENIOR EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Diana used to call him the naughty one, and when you think about it, that really hasn't changed so much.
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ANNOUNCER: Two young men living lives of duty and growing up before the eyes of the world, through divorce, death, and destiny. The regal lives of Prince William and Harry.
Then, a member of rock royalty, the 61-year-old legend who's showing no signs of slowing down.
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PAUL MCCARTNEY, MUSICIAN: I always joked that I would be like 90 and they'd be like wheeling me on, "Yesterday."
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ANNOUNCER: A rock 'n' roll icon who was devastated by the death of his wife, Linda, and soon discovered all you need is love.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MCCARTNEY: And I feel very lucky to have found another great woman whom I'm in love with.
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ANNOUNCER: His career going on 40 years and he's still selling out arenas.
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MCCARTNEY: You want to go out and you want the people to enjoy what you do. So for me, it's fantastic.
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ANNOUNCER: Rocker, husband, former Beetle, Sir Paul McCartney. Their stories now on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.
PAULA ZAHN, HOST: Hi, welcome to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. I'm Paula Zahn. Prince William and Prince Harry, the sons of Diana, one born to be king, the other born to duties all his own. Young, rich and royal, they are the great hope of a dynasty that has seen suffering and scandal. As William deals with his destiny and Harry seeks direction, a look at Britain's young royals on this, the weekend that marks the sixth anniversary of their mother's death. Here's Richard Quest.
RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): If polo is the sport of kings, you might say this is the match of princes. Prince Charles has played the game for his entire life. His two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, also excel on the field. It's a love of sport passed from one royal generation to the next. But the legacy for these princes is far greater than any polo game. They are the future of the monarchy. Theirs is a family business steeped in tradition and tarnished by scandal. Prince Charles waits patiently to succeed his mother in the top job. But it is Prince William, second in line for the throne, who may restore the royal luster with a common touch.
INGRID SEWARD, EDITOR, "MAJESTY" MAGAZINE: He likes people to call him William or Wills. And he doesn't want to know about your Royal Highness or sir and that in itself makes it easy for people to relate to him.
QUEST: While the burden of the monarchy will one day be William's alone, Prince Harry shares his brother's public spotlight.
O'NEILL: He's very handsome. He's grown to this -- from this kind of geeky little redhead guy into this tall, strapping young man.
QUEST: Two strapping young men destined for high function, raised amid a spectacle of dysfunction. July 1981, millions of people around the world tuned in to see the fairy tale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With this ring...
PRINCE CHARLES: With this ring...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... I thee wed.
PRINCE CHARLES: ... I thee wed.
QUEST: Well-wishers by the thousands lined the road to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds. Just 11 months after the wedding on June the 21st, 1982, Diana gave birth to a baby boy. Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is a boy.
QUEST: The fairy tale continued when two years later, Prince Henry Charles Albert David, also known as Prince Harry, came into the world. On the outside, it appeared to be a happy family. But young William was acting out.
PRINCE WILLIAM: Bad. Bad.
O'NEILL: William as a toddler was a little horror.
PRINCE CHARLES: Camera. Camera.
O'NEILL: He was known in the British press as the basher. He used to throw tantrums.
BRIAN HOEY, BIOGRAPHER, "PRINCE WILLIAM": And he'd say, "I'm the king of England. If you don't obey me, I'll have your heads cut off." And he -- what a -- and he meant it.
COMPTON MILLER, ROYAL COMMENTATOR: And he used to sometimes put away his toys down the lou (ph) and pull the chain, and that didn't go down very well.
QUEST: William may have been aware of his lofty status, but his mother made sure both her sons got a taste of the common life early on. When William was 3 years old, she enrolled her precocious first born into Mrs. Minor's Nursery School.
KITTY KELLEY, AUTHOR, "THE ROYALS": Their father had private tutors and the queen herself never went to school really. They brought tutors in. But Diana really wanted her children to be in a school setting.
QUEST: But as the older prince mellowed with age, the younger was just getting started.
O'NEILL: Diana used to call him the naughty one, and when you think about it, that really hasn't changed so much.
QUEST: If the prince's naughtiness was amusing, their parents' misbehavior was more serious stuff. Shortly after Harry's birth, rumors circulated that Prince Charles was fooling around with his old flame, Camilla Parker Bowles. MILLER: Whoever he married, that would have been very bad but with a sensitive girl like Princess Diana, it was, you know, a real a body blow to feel that she was sharing him with somebody else.
QUEST: Still Diana and Charles appeared comfortable together. On William's birthday at Ludgrove Boarding School, the 8-year-old prince wore a brave face as he moved into the dormitory where he would share a room with four other classmates. A popular student, William excelled at sports. But his athletic prowess couldn't save him from getting clocked in the skull with a golf club. The accident caused a ghastly fracture and the young prince was rushed into surgery.
KELLEY: Diana was there with him most of the night. Charles, unfortunately, went to the opera.
ROBERT JOBSON, ROYAL COMMENTATOR: The reality of situation was, of course, he was just doing his duty. He checked with the doctors. They said that William was going to be fine.
HOEY: I spoke to Diana herself about this. I knew her reasonably well. And I spoke to her about this some years afterwards and she said that was one thing she couldn't quite get to grips with as far as the royal family were concerned, that they felt parental responsibility should come a very poor second to their royal duties.
QUEST: Prince William recovered from his wounds but his parents' marriage continued to unravel. Charles and his ongoing relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles was perhaps the worst kept secret in Britain and the tabloids brimmed with tottered details of Diana's extramarital flirtations. The fairy tale was clearly over. The only thing the royal couple still shared was a love of their two young sons. When we come back, a gilded childhood and a devastating loss.
JOBSON: It must have been an agonizing couple of hours for Prince Charles whilst he thought how he was going to break the worst possible news that his sons could hear.
ANNOUNCER: We now return to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.
QUEST (voice-over): By 1990, the royal family was sliding into a most awkward time. But as the tabloids pried into Charles and Diana's every peccadillo, something else became plain, the couple's indisputable love for their children.
JOBSON: He took his boys hunting, shooting, fishing, the things that traditionally royals did whereas, I think Diana wanted to give them a broader spectrum.
QUEST: She introduced her sons to amusement parks and fast food. She also exposed them to heavier issues, the homeless and AIDS clinics.
JOBSON: She wanted them to experience things even though she knew they were going to have extraordinary lives and they were extraordinary people in terms of their roles.
QUEST: But Diana herself was extraordinary. Wherever she went, even with her sons, the paparazzi was sure to follow.
PRINCESS DIANA: As a parent, could I ask you to respect my children's space?
QUEST (on-camera): During these turbulent times, the scale and depth of the Windsor family crisis was really quite breathtaking. The queen seemed to be under attack from all sides. And for the young princes, there was a different set of priorities -- how to ensure they had some form of stability.
(voice-over): Even as a young boy, William was well aware of his parent's tumultuous marriage. He tried hard to be a rock for his mother.
SEWARD: William used to give her -- his mother chocolates and flowers and little gifts, which is really touching because he knew she was unhappy and she did let him witness her unhappiness.
QUEST: The whole world witnessed the unhappiness on a Korean visit in November of 1992. As Charles and Diana frowned their way through the trip, the press nicknamed the couple, The Glums. The images told the story of two people painfully uncomfortable with each other's company. Finally, it was December 1992, and the announcement everyone knew was coming.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is announced from Buckingham Palace that with regret, the Prince and Princess of Wales have decided to separate.
QUEST: But Diana was still bitter over her turbulent marriage. She went to the media, telling her story in print and on television.
MILLER: She did that broadcast in panorama in which she said there were three of us in the marriage. And then Prince Charles' tit- for-tat interview to which he admitted adultery and he talked about Princess Diana. You know, the royal family never talked about their private lives in public really before.
QUEST: Diana's private life became the stuff of tabloids. She was linked with several high society, including Dodi Al Fayed, the 42- year-old son of a retail magnet. Just eight weeks after her 36th birthday, she joined him on an excursion to France. The trip was supposed to be a romantic getaway, but a fateful evening in Paris turned the getaway into tragedy.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Diana, Princess of Wales has died after a car crash in Paris.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The death of the Princess of Wales fills us all with deep shock and with deep grief.
QUEST: August the 31st, 1997, Diana along with Dodi Al Fayed died in a Paris automobile crash. Their car had been lost spotted speeding away from paparazzi on motorbikes.
O'NEILL: Charles and the boys were at Balmoral in Scotland, and Charles heard within an hour of her death that she had died.
JOBSON: It must have been an agonizing couple of hours for Prince William not to wake his sons immediately but to let them sleep whilst he thought how he was going to break the worst possible news that his sons could hear.
KELLEY: Charles went to their room at about 7:00 in the morning, and they knew something was wrong because he, too, had been crying.
QUEST: Later that day, the two boys accompanied their family to a private church service. There was public outrage that the young princes were dragged into the spotlight so soon. There was more outrage at the queen's taciturn reaction to Diana's death. But for the young princes, sympathy abounded.
PRINCE WILLLIAM: Thank you so much. Thank you.
QUEST: September 1997, millions of people around the world tuned in to see the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Mourners by the thousands lined the road to capture a glimpse of the somber procession.
O'NEILL: William kind of went into himself and really matured a lot during this period. I think it was a time when he suddenly realized, you know, how alone he really was in the world as the future monarch regardless of the fact he had a family around him.
QUEST: It would seem Prince William would become the media's new fixation but the palace and the press quickly forged a gentleman's agreement, giving both princes the privacy to grow up. When we come back, William, the heartthrob.
JOBSON: Screaming girls were amazing. It was as though -- as if the Beatles had turned up.
QUEST: And Harry's walk on the wild side.
O'NEILL: He moves in quite a fast set and, obviously, drugs were available.
ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.
QUEST (voice-over): With Diana's passing, her sons took a giant step towards manhood, but they were still schoolboys and the decisions their mother made in life, particularly when it came to education, still held firm.
JOBSON: It was actually Diana who was the driving force for them both to go to Eton and I think it was her that wanted him to have more of an education based upon mixing with many, many other children.
QUEST (on-camera): But Eton is hardly your average school. The fees and extras here can cost up to $40,000 a year. For Princes William and Harry, the time spent at Eton allows them to get over the trauma of losing their mother outside the public gaze. And the hands off agreement with the media meant that with the exception of the odd photo opportunity, they were able to behave like every other rich schoolboy in Britain.
(voice-over): By all accounts, those years at Eton were good ones. Both boys involved themselves fully in sports. William left Eton in June of 2000 and like other teenagers, decided to go on a gap year abroad before university. He went to Chile as part of a charity project.
The world saw pictures of Prince William scrubbing toilets, working in forests, helping children, and the world heard William speak.
PRINCE WILLIAM: When you catch the ball, you say, "My name is -- my name is Will. I am a wombat." And then you try and make a noise that the wombat makes.
QUEST: He had his mother's good looks and wherever he went, the call was always the same -- William. William. William. He was the world's heartthrob.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I love him and he said hi and he took my hand.
JOBSON: I remember being on a trip to Canada, actually, when Prince William went on a walk about, and screaming girls were amazing. It was as though -- as if the Beatles had turned up.
QUEST: After his gap year, William went to Scotland to St. Andrews University to study art history and geography. The university made every effort to insure a private life for the prince and the media also kept their agreement.
MILLER: And of course, the irony there is the one person who broke this self-imposed embargo was his uncle, Prince Edward, because Prince Edward has a television company called Ardent and who should be following him in the streets at St. Andrews but his uncle's TV crew, which made Prince Charles go ballistic.
QUEST: Other insiders have also had the royal laundry. Diana's former butler sold and confidant, Paul Burrell, sold his story to a tabloid late last year. During a gap year photo-op, William expressed disgust with a tell-all book penned by his mother's former secretary. PRINCE WILLIAM: Of course, I'm paranoid but I'm quite upset about it, that my mother's trust has been betrayed and even now she's still being exploited. But I don't really want to say anymore on that.
QUEST: At 21, William is halfway through his university course and speculation has been begun about his love life.
SEWARD: We don't know very much about his William's love life because he is so discrete. But we know that he really can have pretty much any girl he wants.
QUEST: William has a way of keeping the public in the dark, meeting potential girlfriends in large groups so no one knows with whom he's interested.
HOEY: I know guys who have been to parties with him, and they said, "You go into one of the back rooms," into the kitchen or something, and William is there with a bottle of beer and yet he's surrounded by four or five beautiful girls, and he's loving every minute of it.
QUEST: If William is the heir, Harry is the spare.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How do you (UNINTELLIGIBLE) yourself, to his Royal Highness?
PRINCE HARRY: No, it's Harry.
QUEST: Waiting in the wings and likely to ever succeed the crown, but having to be there just in case. Harry has turned into the lovable rogue.
O'NEILL: He's very attractive to women, has a lot of friends, and, you know, just seems like someone that you would have a really good time with.
QUEST: But Harry was having too much of a good time. There were stories of his underage drinking at Eton and then something more serious. Prince Harry was caught smoking cannabis. It brought him into the public eye in the worst possible way and his nickname became Harry Pot Head. Charles didn't wait to act.
O'NEILL: Instead of, you know, hauling him out in public for a thrashing, he basically lined up a visit for Harry to a rehab center where Harry went in quietly and toured the rehab center with a former addict, and also, sat with a group of addicts and listened to their stories.
QUEST: Now, a military career beckons for the prince who has no ready-made job. In his last term at Eton, Harry cleaned up his act, excelled in the cadet corps, commanding the corps underguard before his proud father. When he left school earlier this year, the palace announced that Harry would be applying to Sandhurst, Britain's top military academy, hoping to join after his gap year. SEWARD: I mean Diana told me he loves pomp and soldiers and castles, so he's a natural candidate to the army and also, it means he can carry on playing polo.
QUEST: As adults, the two princes have had to come to term with their father's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles. William broke the ice three years ago when he casually but deliberately dropped in on his father while Camilla was visited. Since then, both sons have grown to accept the woman Diana famously described as the third in her marriage.
KELLEY: They know that Camilla Parker Bowles is a nonnegotiable factor in their father's life. She's very good for their father. They care about their father. And so, if she makes him happy, she makes them happy.
QUEST: If not exactly happy families, the relationship that Charles shares with his sons has certainly enjoyed a renaissance.
JOBSON: I think the death of the late Princess Diana had an cataclysmic affect upon all of them and naturally, although they were already close, drew them even closer together so that Charles became both mother and father, if you like.
QUEST: And now, though his children are grown up, Prince Charles remains in the same boat with his son, William. Both are monarchs in waiting and that wait for both of them could be quite long.
HOEY: And if the queen has inherited the longevity genes of her mother, who, of course, died at the age of 101, she's going to rein for another 20, 25 years. Charles is going to be approaching 80 when he becomes king.
QUEST: But what sort of monarchy will William inherit? Certainly, nothing like the reverengal treatment his grandmother, Elizabeth, faced when she came to the throne in 1953. William himself has said he believes it's important that people feel the monarchy can keep up with them and is relevant to their lives.
KELLEY: There's just no way that Wills is going to be dressed up in a crown and robe and an orb and a scepter to open parliament because by the time that happens, what, 10, 20, 30, 40 years from now, it will be antiquated.
QUEST: Princes William and Harry have been born into their respective roles. Both have come of age in an atmosphere very different from previous royal adolescences. A degree of privacy, punctuated by moments of intense media coverage and speculation -- divorce, death, drugs, and dating, the life of the modern princes. And if the natural order follows through, one will be king; one will spend his life watching. That is the nature of royal duty.
ZAHN: Despite ongoing speculation that Prince Charles may abdicate and clear the way for Prince William to take the throne after the queen's death, Charles has made it clear that he has no intention of stepping aside and so William will, like his father, have to wait.
ANNOUNCER: When PEOPLE IN THE NEWS continues, has this sexy sexagenarian taken a dip in the fountain of youth?
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MCCARTNEY: We're just having a great time, but don't ask my why or how. It's just happening.
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ANNOUNCER: Still rocking after 40 years, Sir Paul McCartney takes a crack at marriage and fatherhood, the second time around, just ahead.
ZAHN: Welcome back to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. You'd think the world would have had enough of silly love songs, but 40 years after the Beatles released their first single, "Love Me Do," Paul McCartney looks around and finds it isn't so. At 61, McCartney is still making music, still recording, and he is still writing those love songs, thanks to renewed inspiration from his new wife, Heather Mills. Here's Kyra Phillips.
KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's hard to believe, but one of the most famous faces of the '60s is in his 60's, and he's not showing any signs of slowing down. Driving Rain USA, Paul McCartney's 2002 American tour sold out, stadium after stadium, in 19 cities, bringing in $53 million in just three months.
MCCARTNEY: I just play what I like and I try and please an audience, you know, I do my best. And we're just having a great time. But don't ask me why or how, it's just -- it's happening.
PHILLIPS: And this past May, the rock legend was back in the USSR meeting with President Vladimir Putin and rocking Red Square with is first ever-Russian concert.
PHILLIPS: But it's not just Sir Paul's professional life that is putting new wind in his sails.
MCCARTNEY: I think my wife, Heather, has a lot to do with it, because it's great to have romance. You know, I'm a very romantic guy, and it really is nice to have a good woman.
PHILLIPS: With the frenzy of their June 2002 wedding behind them the newlyweds are making news again as they prepare for the birth of their first child together.
But having the raft attention of the media and the public is nothing knew to this former Beatle. From the minute the shaggy haired British quartet deplaned in New York in 1964 with their matching black suits and impish grins, Beatle mania was born.
James Paul McCartney was dubbed the cute Beatle. Born in Liverpool on June 18, 1942, Paul was musically inclined from the very beginning. He taught himself to play the guitar by listening to records of his favorite American rock' n' rollers. But it was in 1957 at a church garden party in Liverpool that it all started to come together. There, Paul heard a 19-year-old playing American rock 'n' roll as the lead singer of a local band, The Quarrymen. His name was John Lennon.
That chance meeting led to a partnership that would last 13 years and produce a record number of number one singles.
MARTIN LEWIS, BEATLES BIOGRAPHER: They both benefited from each other. John's rough edges were varnished and polished by Paul's gift for entertainment and John's edginess rubbed off on Paul and gave him an ability to put some certain edginess into his own music.
PHILLIPS: Paul joined forces with John, and George Harrison, a young guitarist he rode the bus to school with every day. And in 1961, when drummer Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best, the Beatles as we know it was formed. The Beatles became icons almost overnight.
LEWIS: All four Beatles were drawn to making music because they loved music. These days, it's hard to imagine, because the average pop star these days is drawn by the idea of fame or money, and making music is a pleasant third or fourth. For the Beatles, that was not the case.
PHILLIPS: The Fab Four's love of music came across in their first film, "A Hard Day's Night." It showcased the foursome's playful attitude, and convinced fans fame and fortune have not changed them at all.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did you find America?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'd like to keep Britain tidy.
LEWIS: They come across very naturally, and we just get the feeling of real guys who love each other very much. They're actually like four 8-year-old kids scampering around together. That's what they really are; four kids who were best friends.
PHILLIPS: When PEOPLE IN THE NEWS continues, hard days ahead for the Beatles as that friendship begins to unravel.
PHILLIPS (voice-over): Between 1963 and 1967, every single released by the Beatles, from "She Loves You" to "All You Need is Love," went to number one.
But as time went on, there was friction building. The Lennon/McCartney songwriting team was like a pair of competing siblings -- always looking to one-up the other.
LEWIS: It's like playing tennis with somebody who's better than you. It constantly raises your level of game, and Paul and John were equals. So when John did a song of a certain kind, Paul would say, "Well, I'm going to equal him and maybe top him." And the same would happen. Paul would write an amazing song, and John would say, "I've got to better that."
PHILLIPS: The duo was incredibly prolific, writing songs like "Ticket to Ride." At first, though, getting their new material down on paper was a bit of struggle, for both Paul and John, neither of them knew how to read music.
MCCARTNEY: Me and John always used to say, because we -- when we first started, it was before anything like tape cassettes, which we later used to just immediately put it down and say, "OK, we remember." And we said, "What if we forget it?" We said, "Well, you know what, if we forget it, it can't be much good. How are going to expect them to remember if we just wrote it and we forgot it?"
PHILLIPS: Fortunately for them, their technique worked, and the Beatles came out with a string of memorable hits. They traveled the globe and met some of the biggest celebrities of their time. Everyone wanted to meet the Liverpool lads who turned the world on its head.
In 1968, an American photographer was sent to capture some of the Beatle magic on film. Only on this assignment, Linda Eastman also captured the attention of one of her subjects.
PETER CASTRO, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: She photographed Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, you know, The Rolling Stones. She was a big name. And she photographed the Beatles at some event, met Paul. They started talking. They really clicked, and they never spent a day apart after that, essentially.
PHILLIPS: After a year-and-a-half, the two tried to wed quietly without much fanfare. Well, it didn't work. Paul and Linda were mobbed by paparazzi and sobbing girls mourning the loss of the last bachelor Beatle.
In 1969, Paul decided to take a little rest from the public eye to spend time with his new family. But his fans wondering where he had gone came to their own rather ominous conclusions.
LEWIS: The notion was that Paul had died in a car accident in 1966. And the Beatles, fearful that their popularity would waver, had drafted in a Scottish actor, given him plastic surgery to make him look like Paul and a voice to sound like Paul, and then miraculously, for some reason, he then continued to write songs like Paul. It was insane.
RINGO STARR, BEATLES' DRUMMER: We all thought, oh well; we'll do a photo with Paul. And everyone will just say, well, that's the fake Paul. You know, it is just a bit of crazy rubbish at the time.
PHILLIPS: Eventually, it took Paul posing on the cover of "Life" magazine to squash the rumor. Very much alive, Paul was at the height of success with the Beatles, but behind the scenes, tensions were brewing and the Fab Four could not agree on how to go forward.
CASTRO: They broke up over very different philosophies. Paul really kind of wanted to keep touring, and John wanted to be more of a recording artist in the studio. And lawyers got involved.
PHILLIPS: Pretty soon, the four close friends couldn't even be in the same room without fighting. In 1970, the Beatles, who had an unparalleled run at the top of the charts, called it quits. Even with 27 number one songs worldwide, and 18 years together as friends and partners, they couldn't mend the divide that had formed between them.
CASTRO: No one will ever know who instigated the break-up. It was ugly, though.
PHILLIPS: After the split, Paul was devastated, but Linda McCartney encouraged her husband to go back to doing what he did best.
DENNY SEIWELL, WINGS FORMER DRUMMER: She said, "Come on, you're a musician, you're a writer, you're an entertainer, let's go."
PHILLIPS: So in an attempt to forge a new identity with a band of his own, McCartney formed Wings in 1971 with wife Linda.
CASTRO: Paul loved Linda so much and was so devoted to her and they had such a strong marriage that they could not fathom life apart. That's how in love they were. And he said, if -- "Obviously, if I'm going to have a band and I'm going to tour and I can't live without you, you're going to have to be a part of the band."
LAURENCE JUBER, WINGS FORMER GUITARIST: It was their band. The billing might have gone, Paul McCartney & Wings, but Linda was very much a part of it, and very much part of the energy of the group.
PHILLIPS: To show her support, Linda put down her camera and picked up an instrument.
JUBER: Linda would be the first to admit that she wasn't a schooled musician, but what she had was a very rock' n' roll soul.
SEIWELL: She was really scared, and she did her best, you know. She really -- she was there because Paul needed her there.
PHILLIPS: Wings was truly a family affair. Kids and pets were always in tow, with Paul and earth mother Linda leading the pack.
SEIWELL: They'd get a room and there wouldn't be a bed for little Stella or something, they'd open a drawer and throw a pillow in it, and that would be the bed for Stella. And the kids grew up with every respect in the world, you know. They didn't have things handed to them on a silver platter. They all had the right values established, and it was really neat to watch them as a couple and how they raised their family. It was as equally as well done as Paul's writing and singing abilities.
PHILLIPS: Defying the odds, Paul McCartney achieved success post-Beatles, but something still was not right. Paul wanted to reconcile with John Lennon, the person who had pushed him artistically and helped him reach his best.
In a cruel twist, just as the two began talking again, fate would intervene. On December 8, 1980, an assassin's bullet took the life of John Lennon, the founding member of the Beatles.
As he always did during the hard times, Paul leaned on his wife to help him recover from the loss of his friend, but eventually, there would come a time when the roles would be reversed, when he would have to be the strong one.
The feisty photographer who was so devoted to her husband and her children was diagnosed with breast cancer. The news was devastating to Paul, who also lost his mother to the disease. After a painful battle, Linda McCartney died in April of 1998.
CASTRO: He essentially cried for a straight year, wept, you know, uncontrollably.
PHILLIPS: Paul virtually disappeared in the months following Linda's death. Friends and fans wondered if he would ever recover.
PHILLIPS: When PEOPLE IN THE NEWS continues, Paul McCartney tries to pick up the pieces and move on.
ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.
PHILLIPS (voice-over): Former Beatle Paul McCartney is still selling out arenas 40 years after hitting it big.
MCCARTNEY: It's really cool, you know. Let's face it, you know, any band out there, any musician, that's what you want. You know, you rehearse all your life and you practice, and you want to go out and you want the people to enjoy what you do. So for me, it's fantastic.
PHILLIPS: The 61-year-old legend is having a great time now, but just five years ago, he was dealing with the death of his wife of 30 years, Linda.
MCCARTNEY: A lot of people said to me, "OK, get very busy and throw yourself into work." And I thought well, I don't really want to do that. So for the first year, I just did what came naturally, and that involved a lot of crying, basically, and a lot of just letting it out. PHILLIPS: After a period of mourning, the loving husband and devoted family man was asked the inevitable question -- would he find another great love?
MCCARTNEY: I just take things as they come. I think -- as I said before, I think Linda would want me to be happy whatever that involves, you know.
PHILLIPS: To help heal the wounds of losing Linda, McCartney immersed himself in something completely new, painting. A book of his paintings was published amid much fanfare.
MCCARTNEY: I'm still a musician. I love that. But I do love painting. And so, eventually, I was like persuaded to show them, you know, just to the people who might like it. And it just seems to have gone down pretty well except with a couple of snotty critics.
PHILLIPS: After about a year, Paul McCartney was ready to move on. In 1999, his life took a major turn when he met Heather Mills at a charity event. She was a vocal landmine and disability activist, issues that became painfully personal to her when the former model lost her leg after being run over by a police motorcycle. Paul and Heather developed a relationship, and soon he was helping her lobby to eliminate landmines.
After a yearlong courtship, a diamond and sapphire ring from India sealed the deal. Paul and Heather became engaged.
MCCARTNEY: After my tragedy with Linda, that really knocked me, you know, like it would knock anyone. So I feel very lucky to have found another great woman, who I'm in love with.
PHILLIPS: But the gossip columns were not as optimist. They went into overdrive, portraying her as a gold-digging divorcee.
CASTRO: She had a very dicey reputation in London. She was sort of like a love'em-and-leave'em type. She had a series of broken engagements, and the man that she was with before Paul; she was engaged to and broke off the engagement two weeks before the wedding.
MCCARTNEY: Nonetheless, Sir Paul McCartney and his new love told the world they planned to wed.
MCCARTNEY: We are engaged, that's it. That's it.
MCCARTNEY: Where and when, it's all very private stuff, all that, you know. Anyway, we're standing here for the cameras and we're very happy and we'll get married sometime next year. That's about it.
PHILLIPS: And with that, off they went, leaving the pack of buzz, begging for more information.
In June 2002, the silence was broken. MCCARTNEY: What we're going to do is basically a family wedding, so we're going to have family and friends. And we're just going to have a big party. And we won't be up -- hello. So there you are. Thank you very much for your support and we'll see you. Thank you. All right. And if you didn't get that, you didn't get it.
PHILLIPS: After months of rumors and speculation on both sides of the Atlantic, the ceremony was finally held at remote Castle Lesley in Glasgow, Ireland.
This year, just days before their first wedding anniversary, the couple announced baby would make three. Their new addition is due in December, but even with growing responsibilities at home, Sir Paul will always make time for his second home, the stage.
MCCARTNEY: I always said, you know -- people said, "When will you retire?" I mean, I think it's like everyone, you do that when you've had enough, when you're fed up. At the moment, I am not fed up, and I always do the joke that I would be like 90 and they'd be like wheeling me on, "Yesterday." One person in the audience. Good. Thank you. I love you.
ZAHN: On September 18, Paul McCartney is set to premiere a new television concert documentary. "Red Square" showcases the former Beatle's performance in Moscow last spring and traces his first trip to the former Soviet Union.
That's it for this edition of PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. Coming up next week, dueling divas from pop to a country crossover sensation of Shania Twain and Celine Dion. I'm Paula Zahn. Thanks so much for joining us.
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