Sharon Osbourne has provoked fury after branding the parents of Madeleine McCann “insane” for leaving the three-year-old alone in a hotel room on the night she went missing.
The 63-year-old was on US chat show The Talk where she made a thinly-veiled reference to the famous case.
Sharon Osbourne was on the show The Talk. Via Facebook.
The panel was discussing a recent social media debate about leaving children alone. A British woman had asked a popular forum what parents thought of leaving a 10-month-old child sleeping peacefully at home for seven minutes while they ran out quickly to the shops.
( The mother admitted that she had indeed done it, but that she wanted reassurance what she did was okay, she didn't get it.)
After bringing up the subject on The Talk - in a clear reference to Kate and Gerry McCann - Osbourne said: “I will tell you a very quick story. 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.”
Maddie disappeared in Portugal's southern Algarve region. Via Getty.
Madeleine disappeared from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
Her parents were having dinner with friends at the resort's tapas restaurant which was approximately 50 metres from their apartment.
The group had been taking turns to check on their sleeping children before Kate discovered Maddie was missing at about 10pm.
Sharon has been told to keep her views to herself. Via Getty.
A family friend told The Mirror that Kate and Gerry McCann are furious about the comments from Sharon Osbourne.
“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.
“It’s based on ignorance of the true facts. While she’s entitled to her view she should keep it to herself.”