Heather Mills has insisted she treated her former nanny ‘like a daughter’.

Giving evidence at an employment tribunal brought by Sara Trumble, the former model said they got on so well she had been asked to be godmother to Ms Trumble’s child.

Ms Trumble, 26, is seeking compensation from her former boss on the grounds of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal and claims she suffered changes to her employment terms following her maternity leave.

The former nanny told the hearing in Ashford, Kent, that Heather made the lives of all her staff a misery, but she was the only one prepared to speak out.

But giving evidence, Heather said: “I treated Sara like my daughter, as she often complained that her mother was cold and distant to her. I spent much of my time consoling her, especially when she said she was having problems with her partner.”

Heather said that after her nanny had her baby ‘she asked me to be godmother to her daughter.

“She said it was because I had taken such good care of her and she could think of no one better. I was delighted.”

Heather added that she now has three godchildren.

The recent Dancing on Ice contestant said she often gave Ms Trumble monetary gifts, but was ‘shocked’ when she asked for £4,000 for breast enlargement surgery.

As she left the hearing she waved to photographers outside and said: “I think it went really well and I’m pleased there’s going to be some justice.”