Sir Paul McCartney's fashion designer daughter Stella Mccartney is expecting her first child in the new year (05).

The baby will be 16 months younger than the former beatle's newborn daughter BEA, who was born to his TV presenter wife Heather Mills last October (03).

A friend says, "Stella is really thrilled as she was becoming really desperate for a child."

The baby's father is her publisher husband ALASDHAIR WILLIS, whom she married just under a year ago (30AUG03).

It is thought she might now take a back seat at her loss-making fashion company STELLA McCARTNEY, which is funded by GUCCI.

01/08/2004 10:42