24/12/2013 05:25 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

McCanns Delay Book To Avoid 'Royal Wedding Clash'

Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine McCann, McCannsThe parents of missing Madeleine McCann are to delay the publication of a book about their daughter to avoid competing for media coverage with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The book was due to go on sale on April 28, the day before the Royal Wedding.

Kate and Gerry McCann, both 42, wrote the book - entitled 'Madeleine' - to raise further funds to continue the search for their daughter, who disappeared in 2007.

The book, published by Transworld, will now go on sale on May 12, Madeleine's eighth birthday.

The couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: 'The publication date for 'Madeleine' has now been moved on to May 12, 2011 in the light of the royal wedding and the subsequent media coverage that will generate.

'Kate and Gerry are very happy with the new date, as are the publishers, and it will still be very much tied into the fourth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.'

Madeleine was approaching her fourth birthday when she went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May, 2007. She and her baby twin siblings had been left alone as her parents and their friends dined nearby.

The family recently revealed fears their daughter would never be found as the Find Madeleine Fund was rapidly running out of money. They were also recently included in Wikileaks' stories.

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