Welshman, I don't think there can be any parents who have not at some time felt themselves to be at breaking point. There were only 21 months between Madeleine and the twins so, in May 2007, they were 2 years and 3 months, not 18 months old. There have been quotes to say that Kate had difficulty managing all three children and I would be surprised if she didn't. Whether the family had live-in nannies or au pairs and Gerry helped out when he could I don't know but there is no doubt that having three children in less than 2 years is incredibly stressful. So speaking generally I have every sympathy for a person who loses control momentarily and inadvertently hurts their child but if they then cover up what happened and go on to make a fortune out of it, no way could such a scenario be excused.