Kate Garraway's family must adjust to a 'new normal' this Christmas

Kate Garraway's family must adjust to a 'new normal' this Christmas

‘We’re grateful he’s here at all:’ Kate Garraway reveals her family must adjust to a ‘new normal’ this Christmas as husband Derek continues Covid recovery

Kate Garraway has revealed this Christmas is going to be spent adjusting to a ‘new normal’ as her husband Derek Draper continues to recover from coronavirus. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, is a carer for the former lobbyist who continues to battle the ‘devastating’ effects of long Covid, after falling ill in March 2020.

The virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage. On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled pneumonia and fought infections which punctured holes in his lungs. 

Tough: Kate Garraway has revealed this Christmas is going to be spent adjusting to a ‘new normal’ as her husband Derek continues to recover from coronavirus (pictured in 2019)

Speaking to Woman’s Own magazine the star told how things will be different this year but she hope she can take him to Chorley to see his family. 

She said: ‘This year, we have got him home – and fingers crossed we can keep him home. Of course, he’s not going to be putting on his Santa costume, going out with [daughter] Darcey for a father-and-daughter Christmas shop or the same with [son] Billy.

‘None of those things are on the horizon at the moment so it’s adjusting to a new normal but also grateful he’s here at all. which we didn’t have at all last year and feared would never happen.’

Kate added: ‘The dream would be to get Derek to Chorley [with the Draper side of the family]. At the moment, moving him is a big problem: it’s exhausting for him.

Difficult: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, is a carer for former lobbyist who continues to battle ‘devastating’ effects of long Covid, after falling ill in March 2020

‘If not, maybe the Drapers could come to us for a big gathering, covid permitting. And certainly I’ll be seeing the Garraways but my oven is broken so I’m not sure anyone wants to come to me.’ 

Kate went on to reveal that the hardest challenge is that her relationship with her husband has changed due to his condition. 

She said: ‘It’s both emotional and physical because your relationship with the person has changed, but also what I’ve found is that some of things that floor me are when there are moments when Derek is very present and then the next moment he is not.

‘You get a strange, overwhelming feeling of loneliness where you suddenly feel the person is lost and you want to grab them, fix them – bring them back.

Shocking: The virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage

‘But then you realise you’re focusing on your own emotions and not their needs.’

It comes after last week Kate appeared to confirm the identity of the mystery Royal who helped support her during her husband Derek’s Covid battle. 

During her appearance at the Prince’s Trust awards event last Thursday afternoon, the star spoke to Prince Charles about his kindness, which she referenced in her memoir The Power Of Hope. 

Family: Derek is pictured in 2019 with the couple’s two children Darcy and William

Kate said: ‘And 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. You wrote to me and gave me help, so thank you very much… and he did improve.’

Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus in March last year, just days after Kate met him at the 2020 award show, after which she voiced fears over the meeting and later leading to both her and Derek’s contraction of the virus.   

Kate initially wrote about the gesture in her book, yet did not confirm the Royal’s name – leading to Thursday’s revelation over the identity being Charles, who battled the virus himself last year. 

An honour: It comes after last week Kate appeared to confirm the identity of the mystery Royal who helped support her during her husband Derek’s Covid battle.

In The Power Of Hope, which she released in April, she 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.’ 

Derek is considered to be the longest surviving COVID-19 patient in the country. The former lobbyist continues to recover from the illness at their London home. 

Earlier this year, Kate documented his plight in her documentary Finding Derek. 

The documentary became ITV’s most-watched factual programme in three years, after 4.5 million viewers tuned into the moving programme when it aired in March.

The presenter fronted the show documenting her husband Derek’s year-long battle with COVID-19, with viewers praising her for sharing such a candid insight in his lengthy recovery. 

Kate filmed every step of Derek’s year-long battle with coronavirus following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness.

Last month, she picked up the National Television Award for Authored Documentary and following the win, she shared a snap of their FaceTime call on Instagram.

Reaching out: Last year, the Prince of Wales revealed he was ‘lucky’ to have experienced ‘relatively mild symptoms’ of Covid-19 after testing positive in March 2020

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