25 May, 2016
Sharon Osbourne has been slammed by a family friend of the McCanns for saying it was ‘insane’ that they left daughter Madeleine alone on holiday, leading to her kidnapping.
Sharon brought up the case of Maddie’s disappearance, while discussing the topic of whether parents should leave children alone and without supervision, on her US chat show The Talk.
‘I will tell you a very quick story,’ she said. ‘There was a husband and wife on holiday in Portugal. They left their baby in the room sleeping, sleeping while they went to dinner in the restaurant.
‘While they were in the resort their baby was taken. And it is like, “Oh but we can see everything that is going on” and it is, like, insane.’
Madelaine was about to turn four-years-old when she was taken from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, back in May 2007, and has never been found.
A family friend of the McCanns slammed Osbourne saying: ‘It’s very disappointing when someone with such a high profile makes this sort of ignorant, ill-informed comment.
‘She should think about the effect it could have on Madeleine’s brother and sister, as well as the wider family. Kate and Gerry have never forgiven themselves and this should not have been aired in a random way, as it apparently was,’ they told the Mirror.