Kate Garraway praised by Prince William and Kate for her 'resilience' during husband Derek Draper's Covid-19 battle

KATE Garraway has been praised by Prince William and Kate for her 'resilience' during husband Derek Draper's Covid-19 battle.

Good Morning Britain star Kate, 53, joined Prince William and Kate Middleton to honour the NHS at the Pride of Britain awards and was thanked by the Duchess of Cambridge, who said, "I think you're amazing to do this – you've had such a hard time yourself. How are you all doing?"

Kate replied: "'We are doing okay – it's very difficult, you can't visit. The children still haven't been able to visit. I think that is a huge pressure for everybody."

And William, 38, said: "It's been very difficult for a lot of people" to which Kate replied: "You've had it in your own family as well!"

Prince Charles contracted COVID-19 around the same time as Derek, 53, did. 

The trio had paid homage to the NHS in a pre-recorded segment for the Pride of Britain Awards which aired last night.

On Friday the Good Morning Britain presenter revealed that her Covid-stricken husband uttered his first word after 214 days in hospital — “Pain”.

And she said she feels like she's hanging over a cliff-edge yelling "don't let go" as she attempts to pull Derek back after his breakthrough.

She told The Sun the milestone was "amazing, but ­heartbreaking" as she fears he will "disappear" again.

“We miss Derek every single day, but now I definitely feel like he looks at me, and he knows me," says Kate.

"I have to believe that, it's what keeps me going. “I say to him all the time, ‘I know you’re in there, Derek  . . . and I'm going to get you out’.

“I feel like I’m hanging over a cliff edge, holding on to him, saying, ‘Don’t let go, don’t let go — I’m going to get you out of this.’

“I sometimes think he’s looking back at me and in his Derek way thinking, ‘Well, can you please crack on with it a bit faster’.

“But it’s the doctors and nurses, and Derek himself, that are really going to bring him back. They are the heroes in this.”

The loving dad to the couple’s two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, remains in a form of coma called a PDOC (Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness).

Nurses manipulate Derek’s limbs and move him frequently to ensure he does not develop bed sores from staying static for so long.

He was admitted to hospital on March 30, and is Britain’s longest-suffering Covid inpatient.

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