But in a statement published on their website, Kate and Gerry have claimed the media reports are inaccurate, denying they’d received any such letter or correspondence from German authorities.
“Like many unsubstantiated stories in the media, this has caused unnecessary anxiety to friends and family and once again disrupted our lives,” the statement read.
Last year, a Netflix documentary, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, recounted the chain of events in detail, and offered several theories as to what may have happened to Madeleine, who would now be almost 17.
Kate and Gerry McCann refused to take part in the program, stating that it could impede the ongoing police investigation.
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann trailer. Post continues after video.
In a statement on their website, they said: “We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it.”
May 2020 marked 13 years since Madeleine went missing.
Writing on the Find Maddie and Facebook campaign websites, Kate and Gerry McCann said:
“It is now 13 years since we were last with Madeleine.
“Her 17th birthday is to follow in the next couple of weeks – the latter tangibly, painfully, bringing it home to us what we have missed and continue to miss as a family.
“I don’t think any of us could have predicted the situation we all find ourselves in currently.
“It shows how easy it is to become complacent with our lives and circumstances, albeit a totally normal and understandable, human characteristic.”
Alongside a photo of Madeleine taken shortly before her disappearance, the couple added in May:
“The investigation to find Madeleine remains open and continues, even though, in a way different to the ideal. We remain grateful for the ongoing efforts and commitment from all those involved in the search to find her and we hope and pray, as always, that our efforts will be fruitful.