The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tell Kate Garraway they would hug her over Derek Draper’s fate

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Prince William told TV presenter Kate Garraway that he and the Duchess of Cambridge wanted to give her a hug after hearing her husband was gravely ill with Covid.

The royal couple, who met Kate while attending a Pride of Britain award at a London hospital yesterday, were clearly moved by the fate of Derek Draper, who was hospitalized with symptoms of coronavirus on March 30.

The Duke of Cambridge told him: ‘You are doing incredibly well. If it weren’t for social distancing, we’d both be giving you a hug, ”according to The Mirror.

The Good Morning Britain star’s 53-year-old husband remains in intensive care after being in a coma for several months.

William and Kate offered their kind words as the breakfast TV host introduced the royal couple to NHS members at St Bartholomew’s in the City of London.

Prince William told TV presenter Kate Garraway that he and the Duchess of Cambridge wanted to give her a hug after hearing her husband was gravely ill with Covid. The royal couple met Kate while attending a Pride of Britain award at a London hospital yesterday (above)

The Cambridges were moved by the fate of Derek Draper, who was hospitalized with symptoms of coronavirus on March 30. The Good Morning Britain host's 53-year-old husband remains in intensive care after being in a coma for several months. (Photographed in 2019)

The Cambridges were moved by the fate of Derek Draper, who was hospitalized with symptoms of coronavirus on March 30. The Good Morning Britain host’s 53-year-old husband remains in intensive care after being in a coma for several months. (Photographed in 2019)

William and Kate offered their kind words as the breakfast TV presenter introduced the royal couple to NHS members at St Bartholomew's in the City of London. The presentation at the hospital was filmed for the climax of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2020, in partnership with TSB, which will air Sunday, November 1 at 9 p.m. on ITV.

William and Kate offered their kind words as the breakfast TV presenter introduced the royal couple to NHS members at St Bartholomew’s in the City of London. The presentation at the hospital was filmed for the climax of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2020, in partnership with TSB, which will air Sunday, November 1 at 9 p.m. on ITV.

The 53-year-old star also spoke to them about the impact of Covid on his family, adding that their children – Billy, 11 and Darcey, 14 – cannot see Derek because only one visitor is allowed per patient.

The Duchess of Cambridge told Kate she thought it was ‘amazing’ to play her role in the hospital despite her family situation.

The presentation at the hospital was filmed for the climax of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2020, in partnership with TSB, which will air Sunday, November 1 at 9 p.m. on ITV.

Thousands of members of the public have nominated all of the frontline heroes of the NHS to receive a special Pride of Britain recognition award.

During the event, Prince William said: ‘The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us as a nation of what we owe to the thousands of NHS workers who have gone far beyond the call of duty this year.

“They worked tirelessly around the clock, with humility and compassion, under the most difficult circumstances, putting their own lives on the line to help others.

“It is fitting that we are here today in Britain’s oldest hospital to thank and celebrate our NHS staff and honor them with a Pride of Britain award. “

Kate Garraway introduced the royal couple to the six NHS representatives who each spoke to them about the challenges they and the health service have faced in the fight against the coronavirus

Kate Garraway introduced the royal couple to the six NHS representatives who each spoke to them about the challenges they and the health service have faced in the fight against the coronavirus

The Duchess added: “Through our conversations with frontline workers during the pandemic, we have been inspired by their stories of bravery and selflessness.

“Many have had to leave their families for weeks, some have come out of retirement to help, while others have stepped into new roles to play their part in the fight against the coronavirus.

And it’s not just the medical teams – all NHS staff have played a crucial role during this time.

“During the lockdown, we joined people across the country in applauding the NHS and our key workers every week. Their hard work continues and we are indebted to them for everything they do.

As the royal couple presented the award, which was on a table next to them, Prince William was enthused: “We can’t thank you enough. On behalf of a grateful nation, it is a huge honor for Catherine and I to present this special recognition award to the army of dedicated NHS staff.

Kate Garraway introduced the royal couple to the six NHS representatives who each spoke to them about the challenges they and the health service have faced in the fight against the coronavirus.

The six representatives were (from Barts Health Trust) Keisha Mills, an intensive care nurse, Marion Jones, a health care assistant, and Dr Simon Finney, an intensive care consultant, and (from the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust ) Heder Lopes Landim, a porter at Barnet Hospital; Martha Sarpong, ITU support nurse, and Charlotte Greenfield, intensive care physiotherapist.

St Bartholomew’s, in the City of London, is Britain’s oldest free-of-charge hospital that has been treating patients for around 900 years, a period that encompasses the Black Death, the Spanish Flu and, this year, the coronavirus.

Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, is the largest annual event on British television which, since 1999, has celebrated the achievements of the country’s unsung heroes.

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