By Tracey Kandohla
Kate McCann is in torment as she prepares to fly to America for a TV show - without her twins.
Kate and husband Gerry jet out next week to talk about their missing daughter Maddie with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.
But Kate is said to be so upset at having to leave four-year-olds Sean and Amelie she has been on the brink of pulling out. A close friend revealed: "Kate was in turmoil. She's been with the twins almost constantly. They have a very special relationship.
"She thought about taking them with her but the children would have faced a long flight and a six-hour time difference. It would be too tiring for them and too disruptive to their normal routine." Instead, the twins will stay at home in Rothley, Leics, in the care of relatives until the parents' expected return on Sunday.
The pal added: "Kate definitely needed a lot of persuading to make this trip. But this is a global platform to remind the world their daughter is still out there somewhere."
The one-hour special with Oprah in Chicago will be screened to mark the second anniversary of Maddie's disappearance from the family's holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007.
Doctors Kate and Gerry, both 40, who will also visit a missing people's charity in Washington, plan to unveil computergenerated images of how Maddie might look now, aged almost six.
The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell confirmed: "They do not want to be away from the twins for too long."
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