I visit Madeleine's bedroom to talk to her twice a day, reveals Kate McCann as she breaks down on Oprah


Kate McCann visits her missing daughter Madeleine's bedroom twice a day to talk to her. 

Her moving confession came during a tearful interview with American chat show host Oprah Winfrey ahead of the second anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.

She said the little girl's bedroom at their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, had been kept ready for her return, adding that she goes in there at least twice a day 'just to say hello to Madeleine'. 

Kate and Gerry McCann

Grieving: Kate McCann, pictured with her husband Gerry at Heathrow Airport last week, has admitted she visits her missing daughter Madeleine's bedroom twice a day to talk to her

Mrs McCann, 41, also admitted that she did not recognise her daughter in a new photograph generated to show how she would look aged six.

The picture has been produced to depict the child two years after she went missing on a family holiday in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, just before her fourth birthday.

Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry, who are both doctors, have spent weeks helping create the photograph with experts in the U.S.

But Mrs McCann admitted to Winfrey that when she first saw the finished image she 'did not know who that little girl is'. She began to well up as she said: 'I only remember Madeleine when she was four. She remains four in my mind.'

The photograph, to be released next week, will spearhead a fresh appeal for help in finding Madeleine. Next Sunday is the second anniversary of her disappearance.

The picture shows Madeleine with slightly darker hair than the blonde locks seen in her last holiday snaps, and her face is also thinner.

But her piercing blue eyes continue to shine through.

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Madeleine McCann

Appeal: Mr and Mrs McCann appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show to release a generated photograph of how Madeleine (right) would look aged six

The hour-long interview with Oprah Winfrey will be broadcast on May 4, one day after the anniversary. Insiders said the show, recorded in Chicago a few days ago, was highly charged with emotion.

Mrs McCann wept several times and was hugged by her husband and also Winfrey herself.

Boxes of tissues were left under the seats of the audience, several of whom also sobbed.

Kate and Gerry told how their four-year-old twins Sean and Amelie still talk about their older sister 'coming home' and how Amelie now wears Madeleine's clothes, although the outfits last worn by her in Praia da Luz remain tucked away and untouched.

Mrs McCann said: 'I can't believe that the twins are now older than Madeleine was when she disappeared.'

She said her younger children say things like, 'Madeleine will like this when she comes home.'

A home video of Madeleine singing, 'If you're happy and you know it' drew audible sighs from the audience and Mrs McCann confessed there were times 'when I wish I was in a coma and I wake up and Madeleine is back home with us'.

The McCanns have vowed never to stop looking for their missing daughter. Mr McCann said: 'In spite of all the investigative work done, there is still absolutely nothing to suggest harm to Madeleine and therefore, a very real likelihood that Madeleine is alive and well.'

TV insiders said Winfrey was impressed by the 'dignity and courage' of the McCanns.

Many in the American audience admitted they did not know the story of Madeleine, snatched from her bed at the holiday villa, as there was little coverage in the United States of her disappearance.