Sir Paul McCartney's wife Heather Mills McCARTNEY hated being thrust into the spotlight when she first started dating the former beatle, until his fame benefitted her charity work.

The anti-landmine and animal rights campaigner, who lost the lower part of her leg after a motorcycle accident in 1993, is convinced she was destined to meet McCartney, with whom she has two-year-old daughter BEATRICE.

She says, "It was like, I love this man but I want out of this life completely.

"But then doors started opening. (Russian) President Vladimir Putin wanted to have a meeting about landmines. President Putin!

And I knew suddenly that was the reason Paul and I had met.

"Obviously we were in love and there was our daughter and everything, but I knew that was the reason.

"Paul can open these doors, but he won't have time to do the work. He needs me because I do the work."