Kate Garraway says she is 'lucky' to have Derek Draper
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Kate Garraway, 53, has sent her appreciation to Prince Charles for all he did for her and her family throughout her husband Derek Draper’s battle with coronavirus and the aftermath of the relentless illness. It comes after the Good Morning Britain star said that she had been contacted by a member of the Royal Family during an expert from her book The Power of Hope, but at the time she didn’t reveal who it was.
How lovely, I thought, although it seemed utterly surreal
Kate wrote: “One day I received a letter from a member of the Royal Family, offering the services of a Royal physician.
“How lovely, I thought, although it seemed utterly surreal.”
But in the months that followed, she thanks the Prince of Wales personally for all his support as they attend the Prince’s Trust awards.
“You might not remember but you were very kind to me because my husband got very sick with Covid after the last Prince’s Trust awards,” she had said.
“You wrote to me and gave me help, so thank you very much.
“And he did improve.”
Derek only just returned home in April earlier this year having contracted Covid in March 2020.
He remains bed-bound and needs 24-hour care, but is slowly making progress in his recovery.
And even though he has a long way to go, having him back in the house means the presenter and their children feel so much closer to him again, after being forced to stay away due to social distancing measures and restrictions while he was in hospital.
In a recent interview, Kate explained how it feels having her husband near her and knowing he’s slowly but surely on the mend.
“I feel like I understand so much more about Derek, like I… [love him more].
“Oh God. I didn’t think it was possible, but I really do!” she giggled.
She admitted there are still “little things” she misses about the love of her life that she would give anything to have back.
“The way he wouldn’t be able to do anything until he’d had his bath,” she smiled.
“The way he would sing so loudly in the mornings, and was generally just so loud!
“It would drive me mad.”
She added: “And now I would give everything I own to hear him being really loud and shouty and full of opinions, ruffling feathers in the way that he used to.”
The past year and a half has been horrific for Kate and her family, yet the presenter has managed kept it together through various interviews and the award-winning ITV documentary Finding Derek.
But she confessed she hasn’t really let herself cry properly about it all.
She continued to tell Piers Morgan’s wife Celia Walden for Stella Magazine, the mum-of-two admitted she’s not ready to see a therapist for fear of “opening the floodgates”.
“I mean I still haven’t really cried,” she shrugged.
“So I don’t feel in the right place to see a therapist yet.”
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