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Kate Garraway reveals Prince Charles was the mystery Royal who supported her

Kate Garraway appears to have confirmed the identity of the mystery Royal who helped support her during her husband Derek Draper’s Covid battle. 

During her appearance at the Prince’s Trust awards event on Thursday afternoon, the Good Morning Britain star, 54, spoke to Prince Charles about his kindness, which she referenced in her memoir The Power Of Hope. 


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.  


An honour: Kate Garraway appears to have confirmed the identity of the mystery Royal who helped support her during her husband Derek Draper's Covid battle

An honour: Kate Garraway appears to have confirmed the identity of the mystery Royal who helped support her during her husband Derek Draper’s Covid battle

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. 

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.’

Kate is a carer for her husband Derek, who continues to battle ‘devastating’ effects of long Covid, after falling ill with coronavirus 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. 

Shocking: Kate is a carer for her husband Derek, who continues to battle 'devastating' effects of long Covid, after falling ill with coronavirus in March 2020

Shocking: Kate is a carer for her husband Derek, who continues to battle ‘devastating’ effects of long Covid, after falling ill with coronavirus in March 2020

Reaching out: During her appearance at the Prince's Trust awards event on Thursday afternoon, the Good Morning Britain star, 54, spoke to Prince Charles about his kindness, which she referenced in her memoir The Power Of Hope

Reaching out: During her appearance at the Prince’s Trust awards event on Thursday afternoon, the Good Morning Britain star, 54, spoke to Prince Charles about his kindness, which she referenced in her memoir The Power Of Hope

He 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.

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

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

An honour: 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

An honour: 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 

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.

Beating the likes of Katie Price: Harvey And Me and Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children, Kate, looked overwhelmed as she was announced as the victor, slowly making her way to the stage to accept the gong.

Speaking out: 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'

Speaking out: 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’

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.

Shortly after the news was revealed, Kate voiced her fears on Good Morning Britain that she had met with the Prince just days before he tested positive.

The GMB presenter spoke about her meeting live on air, revealing that the pair had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11.

GMB played footage of the meeting between Kate and Charles, with Kate pointing out: ‘We’re relatively close there, as indeed were all the other people that were involved in that.

Speaking out: Kate filmed every step of Derek's year-long battle with coronavirus following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness

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

‘I don’t have any symptoms, so I’m not blaming him for anything at all, but people are going to be concerned. He’s a man that meets a lot of people.’

The meeting came before Derek’s own heartbreaking diagnosis.  

Discussing the royal’s diagnosis, which was revealed by Clarence House, Kate said she had no symptoms but admitted the many people who have come into contact with Charles in recent weeks ‘are going to be concerned.’

He opened up about his brush with the deadly infection in an interview with Sky News, where he told royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills: ‘I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly. But I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.’

Back then: Shortly after the news was revealed, Kate voiced her fears on Good Morning Britain that she had met with the Prince just days before he tested positive

Back then: Shortly after the news was revealed, Kate voiced her fears on Good Morning Britain that she had met with the Prince just days before he tested positive  

He added: ‘I feel particularly for those who have lost their loved ones and have been unable to be with them at the time. That to me is the most ghastly thing.’ 

Royal biographer Penny Juror told The Sunday Times his battle with the virus means he is ‘able to understand people going through terrible times’ and ‘show leadership’.

‘That he caught the virus is one of the best things that could have happened,’ she said.

‘It echoes the Queen Mother and King George VI being able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the public during the Second World War after Buckingham Palace was bombed.’

She added that more people have ‘seen and listened’ to Charles during lockdown – and that he has used his platform well throughout the pandemic.

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

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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