Her bed sheets and
patterned duvet remaining unchanged and her clothes
are still hanging in the wardrobe and neatly folded
in a chest of drawers. Kate has refused to hand down
the clothes to Maddie's three-year-old sister Amelie
who bears a striking resemblance to her.
The friend said:
"Everything has been left as it was and waiting for
Madeleine to return."
The only untouched
items are the toys which Maddie had played with
before going on holiday in April last year. They are
now in use again.
Amelie and her twin
Sean have been encouraged to play with them. And
Amelie has abandoned her own Snuggles cat toy and
taken to carrying around Cuddle Cat, her sister's
favourite soft toy.
Gerry's mum Eileen
McCann said: "At one time the door to Madeleine's
room remained closed. But now the twins go in and
play. Kate and Gerry don't want to shut them out.
"The whole family
feels closer to Madeleine by being in her bedroom."
The pal added:
"Nowadays Kate leaves the door open and encourages
the twins to run in and out and play with their big
"Kate, in particular,
feels closer to Madeleine at home. She will never
contemplate moving until she knows what has happened
to her daughter.
one time she wanted to stay in Portugal because it
was the last place she was with Madeleine. But that
has been jaundiced by the police investigation."