Kate McCann has told the Leveson Inquiry that she felt like "climbing
into a hole and not coming out" when the News of the World printed her
intensely personal diary.
She described feeling "violated" by the paper's publication of the
leaked journal, which she began after her daughter Madeleine disappeared
on holiday in Portugal in 2007.
Mrs McCann, 43, said the diary - which was so private she did not even
show it to her husband Gerry - was her way of communicating with her
She had just returned from church on Sunday September 14 2008 when she
received a text message from a friend which read "Saw your diary in the
newspapers, heartbreaking. I hope you're all right", the press standards
Mrs McCann recalled that this came "totally out of the blue" and left
her with a "horribly panicky feeling".
The News of the World had apparently obtained a translation of her diary
from the Portuguese police and published it