MADELEINE McCann’s parents have slammed claims they are plotting to make hundreds of thousands out of the 10th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance.
He told The Sun Online: “They want to make it clear that they are not making any money out of Madeleine’s disappearance. Any claims are spurious nonsense but fits in with the Portuguese agenda.”
Kate and Gerry McCann, both 48, are bracing themselves for the heartbreaking milestone in less than three months and despite being bombarded with offers from across the world they have, so far, turned them all down.
As interest increases daily to clinch the sought-after decade deal by broadcasting and publishing giants, the family have admitted: “It’s crazy!”
Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry have not decided on any media interviews surrounding the anniversary yet but if any deal is done it will be extremely limited and no payment will be involved.
“Any suggestion they will be paid is completely inaccurate and utter rubbish!”
Portuguese media have suggested former GP Kate and heart doctor Gerry, from Rothley, Leics., are set to receive 100,000 euros (£85,086) from British deals and 400,000 euros (£340,345) from American chats.
The couple are considering two pooled interviews in Britain, one for print through the country’s national agency Press Association and one for broadcasters.
Both are being organised through Scotland Yard, Mitchell explained. He said: “There will be no fee.”
The spokesman added: "The interest on the 10th anniversary has been vast, even crazy! Kate and Gerry have turned down down numerous offers of paid interviews in the past.
"But they have never accepted interview fees. They once accepted hospitality fees many years ago after travelling to America to appear on Oprah Winfrey, for flights and hotels.”
The only time Kate ever received any payment connected to Maddie’s disappearance in May 2007 - £1 million before tax – was from her own book simply entitled “Madeleine” and published in 2011.
She was also given a newspaper serialisation fee, which went straight into the Maddie pot – a Fund set up when the three-year-old first went missing with donations from the generous public and big-hearted celebrities to help pay for investigators to find her and bring her perpetrators to justice.
Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday villa in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007.
The couple recently hit out at BBC1 drama The Moorside, which told the story of Shannon Matthews' abduction in 2008 - but repeatedly referenced Madeleine's disappearance.
A close friend of the couple said: “They are still doing the best they can while coping with the trauma of their daughter’s disappearance after nearly 10 years.
"Then a supposedly responsible broadcaster makes a programme about a bogus kidnap and brings Madeleine McCann into it. Kate and Gerry are naturally hurt and very perplexed."