Heartbroken Kate McCann was too upset to go back to Portugal where her beloved Madeleine was snatched.
She couldn't face joining husband Gerry on a recent trip to the Algarve to revive the hunt for their missing daughter.
During his 24-hour visit Gerry, 40, met Portuguese lawyers and UK embassy officials in Lisbon.
A family source said: "At this moment, Kate doesn't feel strong enough. She is still too distressed to go anywhere near where Madeleine was taken."
Kate, 40, stayed at home in Rothley, Leics, looking after the couple's twins. Maddy was nearly four when she went missing from an apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.
Source: The obviously pro McCann Mirror