Kate Garraway opens up on the heartbreaking thing Derek still can’t do ‘Lonely and afraid’

Kate Garraway says she is 'lucky' to have Derek Draper

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Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper returned home earlier this year after contracting Covid and spending a year in the hospital. The author and former political advisor is now being cared for at home as he continues to recover from the debilitating effects of the virus. However, the Good Morning Britain host has revealed there’s one thing he still can’t do that she really misses. 

The mum-of-two opened up during an appearance on BBC Two’s Walking With.

Kate walks through the Cotswolds as she shares the joy nature brings to her and the turmoil she’s experienced over the past 18 months. 

“I’ve had moments of great loneliness and fear,” the GMB presenter admits.

“It’s hard because the person I wanted to give me a hug is the person that can’t – and that’s Derek.”

Read more: Kate Garraway thanks Prince Charles for support amid Derek’s battle

“There’s something about coming here and reminding yourself that you can feel the countryside wrapping its arms around you and giving you love back,” she said. “I feel very grateful for today.

“I think this is probably the first time, certainly since Derek contracted Covid, that I’ve had a whole day to myself with no purpose other than taking in the sights and sounds, just the joy of the countryside.

“I was doing a lot of mindfulness and trying to create some space in my head when it feels life is quite overwhelming.”

“It’s much easier to do when you’re somewhere like this,” she added.

“It is much easier to hang on to the hope of a miracle. A great sense that anything can happen.

“One of the strange things about Covid is…it’s been a time of huge fear where we’ve suddenly thought, ‘What is going on in the world?’

“But actually that’s life anyway. You don’t know what’s around the corner.”

In the BBC Two show, Kate films herself as she sets off on a six-mile ramble through the Cotswolds.

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Kate begins her trek at the panoramic viewpoint of Painswick Beacon before descending through beech woods to Upton St Leonards.

“Sometimes our lives don’t feel stable because we don’t have control of the changes… but here [in the countryside] you feel the change is meant to be,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, Kate will take over from Piers Morgan as the host of three episodes of Life Stories on ITV.

Piers announced his departure from the series in September after more than 100 episodes over 12 years. 

 

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Speaking about her new role, Garraway said: “I’ve always loved having the chance to talk to people, both on air and off.

“Everyone has a story to tell and the wonderful thing about this show is that you have the airtime to delve into the areas of guests’ lives that the viewers might not know about already.

“It’s also a chance to understand more about the bits we do already know about (both good and bad) and hear it in their own words.”

Walking With airs on BBC Two on Wednesday at 7pm. Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays at 6am.

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