Madeleine or Maddie?
“Madeleine called herself ‘Madeleine’, and that was very much the name in the family as well, so that makes us wonder if this was indeed Madeleine,” said Clarence Mitchell to the BBC in August 2008, in relation to another false ‘sighting’.
In spite of Mr Mitchell’s words, all the nannies who came into contact with Madeleine at the Ocean Club claim that Madeleine was presented to them under the diminutive “Maddie”.
Indeed, the rest of the family, including Gerry and the twins, all refer to Madeleine as ‘Maddie’.
Which begs the question: Why is Kate now saying that they “never called her anything like that” and that ‘Maddie’ was a name “invented” by the media?
If you enlarge the screenshots below, you will see that the original versions of the official site asked people to ‘Help find Madenleine’. It is surprising that this glaring error was carried thoughtlessly over from the original ‘bringmadeleinehome.com’ site without correction.