As the 10th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance approaches, Kate and Gerry McCann have found themselves in a global bidding war for an exclusive TV interview.
According to The Sun, the couple have been “offered huge bids” to share her story 10 years after her three-year-old daughter, Madeleine went missing during a family holiday in Portugal in May 2007.
“They have been bombarded with offers from media around the world,” a close friends reportedly told the publication. “They’ve already got 30 sitting on the table and are getting new bids every other day particularly from the big American networks.”
The couple previously sat down for a heartbreaking interview with Oprah Winfrey in May 2009 declaring that they still believed their daughter was alive, and Kate spoke with the UK's Lorraine Kelly in 2013.
If alive, Madeleine would now be 13.
“Kate and Gerry get weary from all the demands for interviews, especially in the run up to the anniversary,” added the source. "The tenth one is a significant one and there is tremendous interest, not just from Britain and America but Australasia and Europe and of course Portugal.
"Talk shows, news channels, glossy magazines, newspapers – everyone’s after them!”
News of the increasing media interest comes after Kate and Gerry suffered a major set back last week after losing their eight year court battle against the former police chief who accused them of being involved in the disappearance of their daughter.
Portugal’s supreme court upheld the initial appeal of Goncalo Amaral, who lead the inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance after she vanished, age 3, during a family holiday in southern Portugal in 2007.
Kate and Gerry McCann sued Amaral for libel after he published a book in 2008 entitled The Truth of the Lie, in which he made claims that the couple accidentally killed their toddler and concealed her body. It is understood that he profited up to $600,000 from the tell-all book, before it was eventually banned. Amaral was sacked from the case in 2008, when Portuguese police closed the investigation before reopening it five years later.
Amaral had originally been ordered to pay the McCanns $712,000 plus from than $140,000 in interest, but that judgement was struck down on appeal last April.
The payout would have been added to the official Find Maddie Fund, which once stood at £1million but is now closer to £300,000.
Last week, the court ruled that Amaral “did not abuse the liberty of expression” and “was within admissible limits in a democratic and open society.”
The ruling places the McCanns in a vulnerable financial position as they may be ordered to pay Amaral’s legal fees, and could be sued themselves by the former policeman, who they have branded “a poisonous liar”.
The long suffering couple learned the devastating news on the eve of their younger twin children’s 12th birthday, reports The Daily Mail. 'It’s not good news,” a source close to the family said. “We just don’t know what to do but we need to sit down with our lawyer and discuss it.
“We’ve gone to the pinnacle of the Portuguese legal system and we’ve lost. We now have to pay a sizeable amount in costs.”
Funds from an interview would undoubtedly come at a time when the family, and Madeleine's search could use them the most.