Kate McCann is "upset" at a decision by police to
invite her and Gerry back to
to take part in a reconstruction, a friend of the couple said.
Portuguese police have invited the McCanns to
participate in a reconstruction of the night Madeleine vanished from their
holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz
on May 3 last year.
It is not known whether friends who were on holiday with the
McCanns, other holidaymakers and staff working
at the resort will also be invited to take part in the reconstruction.
The friend of the McCanns said: "Kate is upset.
There's been no sense of concern for her feelings or the anguish it will
cause her. On an emotional level she is not sure she can go through with
The friend added: "The family will consider it. If it's felt that there's a
chance of it helping to find Madeleine then, of course, they will do it. But
given it is a year on, you have to wonder about the value of it."
Kate, 40, a GP, has not returned to work and has remained at home in
Rothley, Leicestershire, since her daughter
disappeared. Gerry, 39, has returned to work as a heart surgeon.
It is believed that any reconstruction would not be televised, although
Clarence Mitchell, the family's spokesman, said Kate and Gerry would welcome
an opportunity to take part in a televised Crimewatch
if it helped find four-year-old Madeleine.
The couple will not be travelling back to Portugal to mark the anniversary of
Madeleine's disappearance on May 3 if they remain
arguidos - formal suspects.
Producers from Crimewatch had put forward a
request to do a reconstruction within the first month of Madeleine's
But it is understood that due to the secrecy of Portuguese law, this offer
was turned down by police officers.