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I know Maddy's parents grieve for her every day: Eamonn Holmes

Kind words: Eamonn Holmes
Kind words: Eamonn Holmes

By David O'Dornan

Television presenter Eamonn Holmes says he really feels for Madeleine McCann's parents 12 years after her disappearance - and is sure her "parents grieve for her every day".

The This Morning host described Kate and Gerry's torment as "purgatory", recalling how he felt all those years when she first went missing.

Dad-of-four Eamonn (59) said: "For years, the Algarve in Portugal was our preferred summer family holiday of choice.

"My youngest child was a similar age to Madeleine McCann. For a long time, the arrivals hall at Faro Airport would have a 'Missing' poster of Madeleine, who vanished while staying in Praia da Luz.

"As we collected our suitcases and made our way through the arrivals hall, I would look at the poster and hold my child's hand that little bit tighter.

"Don't be expecting me to speculate on what happened to that little girl, or who may have taken her.

"The truth is I don't know, you don't know, and the police don't know.

"What I can be sure of is that her parents grieve for her every day."

He said the McCanns will be left with many questions, adding: "By now, the little girl on the poster would be turning 16. She would be about to sit her GCSE exams - she might even be dating."

Eamonn wrote a heartfelt column for Best magazine and said that the new Netflix documentary, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, gave him a fresh insight into the tragic case.

He said: "It's a well-crafted and intensive piece of work which highlights three awful things: the abduction of a little child, the criminally missed opportunities in finding her, and the almost indescribable pain her parents have gone through, including being accused of killing their own daughter.

"A pain which is etched on the faces of Kate and Gerry McCann, and will be for the rest of their lives."

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