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Friday, 5 July, 2002, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
McCartney dodges honeymoon questions
Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney
The couple were presenting awards
Sir Paul McCartney and his new wife Heather have stepped out for their first public appearance since the wedding, but refused to discuss their honeymoon.

The couple attended an awards ceremony honouring young people, associated with the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson's Children in Crisis charity.

But following questions about their recent holiday and any plans for the future they cut short interviews.

Asked whether Heather, who is going under the name Mills McCartney, was getting broody, Sir Paul showed his frustration.

Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
The pair greeted the public before their wedding ceremony
"Oh here we go, the British press. I mean, Jesus, isn't that so typical," he said.

"I think we can nix that question and try to get on with what we are here for, which is Sarah's charity and the charity work done."

Asked how their honeymoon had gone, Sir Paul said they were not going to say anything about it and then cut short the interview.

The former Beatle married his girlfriend of nearly three years during a private ceremony in the grounds of Castle Leslie, Glaslough, in the Republic of Ireland, on 11 June.

They had gone to great lengths to keep the details of the wedding a secret but once the location was discovered swarms of press descended on the small village.

Just one wedding photograph was released following the lavish event as they tried to keep it as private an occasion as possible.

Honoured

Speaking during the awards ceremony, Mills McCartney said: "Isn't it great that (the children) are actually doing the show and that is an inspiration for all kids."

Posing for pictures following the event, Sir Paul dodged questions on the prospect of children for him and his new wife.

"It is fantastic, they are all very talented kids, we are very proud to be here and honoured to be in their presence," he replied.

Castle Leslie - picture: Irish Independent
The couple married in the grounds of Castle Leslie
When quizzed about the honeymoon, he said: "We are not going to talk about that."

They had been presenting awards at ITV1's Britain's Brilliant Prodigies, in association with the charity Children In Crisis.

The Duchess' charity works with underprivileged children around the world including Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and China.

She admitted she had been star-struck at the event which saw celebrities such as Davina McCall, Olympic rower James Cracknell and actor Martin Kemp present awards.

BBC News Online charts Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' relationship


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