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Don’t miss Pride of Bri­tain on TV tonight

GMB Kate’s sad­ness as royal of­fers his sup­port

- BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Edi­tor halina.watts @mir­ror.co.uk Gossip · Celebrities · Royals · United Kingdom · Prince William of Wales · Kate Middleton · ITV · Diana, Princess of Wales · Wonder Woman · London · Kate Garraway · Cambridge

HUM­BLED telly host Kate Gar­raway has spo­ken about her pain for Prince Wil­liam – af­ter he of­fered his sup­port for her Covid-hit hus­band.

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge spoke mov­ingly to Kate, 53, when they gave NHS he­roes a Pride of Bri­tain gong.

The GMB pre­sen­ter’s hus­band Derek Draper, 53, is still in in­ten­sive care, seven months af­ter be­ing struck down by coro­n­avirus.

Kate – who is mum to Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11 – spoke ahead of the Daily Mir­ror Pride of Bri­tain Awards, in as­so­ci­a­tion with TSB, which will be aired on ITV tonight.

Of Wil­liam, Kate ad­mit­ted: “I thought about him los­ing his mum… at least we still have my Derek. As I was talk­ing about Darcey and Billy not be­ing able to see their dad, I was think­ing, ‘ Well, Wil­liam doesn’t have his mum’. “It makes me tear­ful. Wil­liam knows more than any­one what it is like to not have a par­ent.”

Wil­liam was just 15 when his mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car crash.

PRAY­ING

He and wife Kate were at St Bart’s Hos­pi­tal, London, to present the Pride of Bri­tain Award for all NHS staff. Of Derek, the Duchess told her TV name­sake: “‘I felt for you. We thought about how the chil­dren must be feel­ing; how you must be feel­ing.”

TV Kate was moved, telling the Sun­day Mir­ror: “They knew ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing with Derek. They were very gen­uinely con­cerned.

“There is some­thing lovely think­ing that not just the roy­als but peo­ple all around care. Whether it be them or the man in the shop who said, ‘I’m pray­ing for you’, it does give you strength.”

Kate’s chil­dren have not seen their fa­ther since he fell ill. The TV host added: “They The are cop­ing so bril­liantly. They a are my he­roes.”

Derek is still i in a coma but is now off a ven­ti­lat ven­ti­la­tor. This week, he ut­tered his first w word since March – say­ing “pain” a as doc­tors ma­nip­u­lated his body to pre­vent him seiz­ing up.

Kate said it was “a huge hon­our” to b be part of Pride of Bri­tain, addi adding: “Never have we needed to cel­e­brate our he­roes from all walks of life than righ right now.”

Daily Mir­ror’s Pride of Bri­tain Awards, in as­so­ci­a­tion with TSB, is on ITV at 9pm tonight.

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