Gerry and Kate McCann have revealed that Madeleine’s four-year-old twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, are fully aware that the person who took Madeleine “has done something very bad”.
According to the Daily Mirror, the twins have gradually been made aware of the sad truth about Madeleine.
Gerry McCann revealed that “they talk about her more than Kate and I do” and that “they know Madeleine’s missing, they believe she has been taken and they know it’s not right that she has been taken”.
Kate McCann added that “we made it as light as possible for Sean and Amelie but in a way they can understand”.
The twin’s grief was revealed in a series of TV interviews on the BBC and ITV as part of the McCann’s new online Find Madeleine campaign, which features digitally enhanced images of how Madeleine may look aged six.
Internet users are being asked to spread the one minute long video on the web as much as possible.
The video has been designed to appeal to the conscience of someone who may know or suspect the identity of Madeleine’s abductor.
The couple received a tougher interview from Portuguese journalist Sandra Felgueiras from Portuguese TV station RTP, who questioned the McCanns about claims made in Gonçalo Amaral’s book, The Truth of the Lie.
Questions about the findings of sniffer dogs when searching the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz and their close links to the British government were put to the McCanns.
Sandra Felguerias also questioned them about a claim that there was a “pact of silence” between the couple and their friends who they were holidaying with in May 2007.
Gerry McCann said that they had decided not to speak to the media about what happened that night because of Portugal’s strict judicial secrecy laws.