Kate Garraway has revealed the Royal Family offered her the use of a Royal physician for her husband Derek Draper.
The Good Morning Britain star’s partner recently returned to their family home in London after spending a year in hospital amid his coronavirus battle.
Now, Kate has explained how a member of the Royal Family wrote to her and offered her a physician to help with Derek’s continued recovery.
In an extract from her new memoir The Power of Hope – as quoted by the Mail on Sunday – she was grateful but admitted the situation seemed ‘surreal’.
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 had been one of the worst-affected Covid-19 patients to survive in the UK, and the condition wreaked havoc on his body, leaving him in a coma for months.
However, last week Kate shared an update on her man’s health, and opened up on the ‘amazing’ moment he realised she was wearing a new dress.
‘It’s been wonderful having Derek at home, and lots of little positives,’ she told Susanna Reid and Adil Ray.
‘Whether those are positives because it is genuinely helping his cognition being at home, or whether it’s just because I’m there to see the little things whereas I couldn’t go in before…
‘I don’t know but it feels positive. Little moments of reaction. He actually said something the other day, I walked in in the morning just before I left to go to Smooth. I said, “I’m off to Smooth now”, and he said, “New dress?” which was just amazing. And it was actually!
‘I thought that was amazing on so many levels, because he recognised it, second he realised or remembered that I need a lot of flattery, so there was some emotional connection there, and some basis of what our relationship was always based on.
‘It was just a little moment and then, of course, there was nothing and we’re back to the bits in between.
‘So lots of little moments, and also a very busy home now with lots of experts and teams of people coming in and out.’
After more than a year in hospital, Derek was discharged back to his family home just weeks ago, with Kate and their children – William and Darcey – rejoicing at the news.
His coronavirus battle was the subject of an emotional ITV documentary where viewers saw the impact his health issues had on his loved ones – and the changes that had been made to their house to accommodate his return.
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