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    Default The McCanns finally tell their twins Madeleine is missing

    Madeleine McCann's two-year-old twin brother and sister have finally been told the heartbreaking truth about her disappearance.


    Until last week, toddlers Amelie and Sean believed four-year-old Madeleine was "on a little holiday" and would be back soon.
    But their parents have now broken the news that their big sister is "missing" and "Mummy and Daddy are looking for her".
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    Madeleine, smiling in the centre, with her twin siblings Sean (R) and Amelie (L)

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    The revelation added to growing signs that devastated Gerry and Kate McCann are planning to return home to Britain soon, perhaps as early as next month.

    The traumatic task of telling the twins was undertaken on the advice of a child psychologist who recently flew out to the Algarve to help Kate and Gerry McCann choose the right words to explain Madeleine's continued absence, without frightening the twins.
    A family friend said: "Kate and Gerry have taken the advice of child and trauma experts and have now told the twins that Madeleine is missing and Mummy and Daddy are looking for her.
    "At the start they used to tell the children that Madeleine had gone on a little holiday but as time has gone on they have changed the language they use.
    "At their age the twins understand the concept of 'missing' like a favourite toy they can't find - but they know it is much more serious because it is their sister and they miss her." Scroll down for more ...

    Madeleine has been missing since May 3



    Yesterday, Kate and Gerry McCann made their familiar pilgrimage to the resort's tiny whitewashed church to pray for their daughter's safe return. The twins stayed at the family's rented villa with visiting relatives.

    The young children's routine was disrupted last week when the McCanns were asked to keep their children away from the Mark Warner-run creche because increasing media attention around the 100th day anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance was "spoiling" other children's fun. Now things have calmed down in the small town, Sean and Amelie have been invited back.
    The McCanns say their children believe they are on one long holiday but the twins talk about their big sister frequently and with a "heartbreaking innocence".

    In a recent interview, Kate McCann told how she is often caught unawares by one of their remarks.
    The 39-year-old locum GP said : "When we went back to the UK for a family baptism there was an empty seat on the plane and Sean said, 'That's Madeleine's seat.' That caught me.
    "It was a very emotional day. Amelie asked me afterwards, 'Where's Madeleine? I miss my sister'. It catches me."

    The McCanns are now talking for the first time about ending their vigil in Praia da Luz and returning home to Rothley in Leicestershire. Scroll down for more ...

    Kate and Gerry McCann have begun to prepare for the unimaginable: that they may have to return to Britain without Madeleine



    The couple have extended the lease on their rented house, but only for a month, and some friends expect them to come home by the end of September.
    Kate said earlier this week: "We know we will be going back and I guess one day we will wake up and it will be right. We never thought we would go before she came back. Now we just don't know but we have the twins to consider.
    "I can't imagine how we came out as a family of five and going back as a four."

    It is thought breaking the news of the hunt for Madeleine is part of preparing the twins for big changes ahead.
    The McCanns asked for expert help in answering their younger children's questions and a British psychologist, who specialises in children under five years old, flew out to the Algarve to see the family.

    A family friend said: "They are very mindful and careful not to upset them, and that is why they have taken advice on what is appropriate to say to two-and-a-half year olds and how to approach such a delicate and traumatic issue.
    "It was to talk about the future and the psychologist spent some time with the twins. They are doing very well in all the normal things like potty training and learning new words.
    "Kate and Gerry have always been very open with their children and the reason they got expert advice was because they wanted to do the best thing for the twins."

    Sean and Amelie, who like Madeleine were born through IVF, have been encouraged to talk about their sister and often refer to Cuddle Cat being Madeleine's.
    "They pick things up that they recognise as being Madeleine's.
    "The children have always been very close and the twins were so excited when came on holiday because they got to share a bedroom with Madeleine. They were excited every night when they went to bed."
    Detectives say the two children slept throughout the unexplained disappearance of their big sister on May 3.

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    so sad.

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    Um, it's not like they understand it though...I am sure they knew that she wasn't there, but they can't comprehend what is going on.

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    This is so freakin' weird. I'd think even 2-year-old twins would start to sense something was wrong after all this time, wouldn't they? I don't know but I agree it is sad.

    What is the concensus on what probably happened to the little girl? I know they left the 3 kids in the hotel room sleeping while the parents had dinner right? Someone had to have taken her.

    I think it's odd they only took one of them. Why wouldn't they take them all--ok 3 is a handful. Maybe the little girl exited the room for whatever reason and someone lured her away. Poor kid.

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    The way these two morons are handling this whole situation proves even more that they were unfit to be parents in the first place. Perhaps God was telling them something if the only way they were going to have kids was via IVF. And I STILL say there's something going on here we don't know about.
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    AO, what a mean thing to say! Many people have to use IVF (including myself)!
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    I know many people have IVF and they are exemplary parents. These two are not which makes the hoops they jumped through in order to have kids in the first place somewhat ironic.
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    A really sad situation, HOWEVER, there is something I truly dislike about these parents. I too think there is far more going on here....and I doubt we'll ever know the truth.

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    Maybe it's time they went home and looked after those two year olds. Before they have to explain to them why they were missing (for 2 months)!

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    Exactly, the way they have handled this situation with their other kids has been atrocious too. They need counsellors, advisors, etc etc to give common sense advice on basic parenting? And these two morons are doctors who you might think have a shred of empathy anyway? I agree with Lynnie - there's a lot more to this story and the more I learn about these two the more I dislike and distrust them. He in particular gives me the creeps. In all his interviews, news conferences, photo ops, etc he has never once shown a glimmer of real emotion. Weird.
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    Who still thinks Daddy is kinda off? (Me)

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    I agree this is even more suspicious. Now that the British police have been called in and leaked reports of Madeline being dead in the hotel room come out, all of a sudden they need to go back to Britain? I have no doubt they're leaving Portugal, but I'll be eating my hat if the plane lands in England...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceInWonderland View Post
    so sad.
    So preventable!

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    It seems strange that they have distanced themselves so much from their young twins. I understand that they need to get media coverage to hopefully get Madelaine back, but they seem to be doing too many interviews and not enough parenting. I do agree that there is something "off" about both parents, and I think there are a lot of things they are not telling. They both creep me out and piss me off at the same time.

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    Just like JonBenet Ramsey-no one will ever know what happened to that kid

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