Kate Garraway reveals her family must adjust to a ‘new normal’ this Christmas – .

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Kate Garraway reveals her family must adjust to a ‘new normal’ this Christmas – .


Kate Garraway has revealed this Christmas will be spent adjusting to a ‘new normal’ as her husband Derek Draper continues to recover from the coronavirus.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, is a caregiver for the former lobbyist who continues to fight the ‘devastating’ effects of the long Covid, after falling ill in March 2020.

The virus wreaked havoc throughout her body, leading to kidney failure, liver damage and pancreas. On more than one occasion his heart has stopped beating, he has battled pneumonia and infections that have punctured holes in his lungs.

Tough: Kate Garraway revealed Christmas will be spent adjusting to a ‘new normal’ as her husband Derek continues to recover from the coronavirus (pictured in 2019)

Speaking to Woman’s Own magazine, the star spoke about how different things will be this year, but she hopes she can take him to Chorley to see her family.

She said: “This year we brought it home – and fingers crossed, we can keep it home. Of course he ain’t gonna put on his Santa costume, hang out with it [daughter] Darcey for a father-daughter Christmas shop or ditto with [son] Bowl.

“None of those things are on the horizon right now, so it’s adjusting to a new normal but also grateful that he’s here at all.” That we didn’t have at all last year and that we were afraid we would never arrive.

Kate added: “The dream would be to bring Derek to Chorley [with the Draper side of the family]. Right now moving him is a big deal: it’s exhausting for him.

Difficult: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, is a caregiver of a former lobbyist who continues to fight the ‘devastating’ effects of the long Covid, after falling ill in March 2020

“If not, maybe the Drapers could come to our house for a big rally, if the covid allows it.” And I’m definitely going to see the Garraways but my oven is broken so I’m not sure anyone wants to come see me.

Kate went on to reveal that the most difficult challenge is that her relationship with her husband has changed due to his condition.

She said: “It’s both emotional and physical because your relationship with the person has changed, but also what I’ve discovered is that some of the things that bother me are when there are times. where Derek is very present and then the next moment he’s not.

“You get a weird, overwhelming sense of loneliness where you suddenly feel that the person is lost and you want to grab them, mend them – bring them back.

Shocking: The virus has wreaked havoc throughout her body, leading to kidney failure, liver damage and pancreas

Shocking: The virus has wreaked havoc throughout her body, leading to kidney failure, liver damage and pancreas

“But then you realize that you are focusing on your own emotions, not their needs. “

It comes after Kate last week appeared to confirm the identity of the Royal mystery that helped support her during her husband Derek’s battle against Covid.

During her appearance at the Prince’s Trust awards ceremony last Thursday afternoon, the star spoke to Prince Charles about her kindness, which she referenced in her memoir The Power Of Hope.

Family: Derek is pictured in 2019 with the couple's two children Darcy and William

Family: Derek is pictured in 2019 with the couple’s two children Darcy and William

Kate said: ‘And you might not remember it, but you were really nice to me because my husband got really sick with Covid after the last Prince’s Trust awards. You wrote to me and gave me help, so thank you very much… and it got better. ‘

Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus in March of last year, just days after Kate met him at the 2020 awards ceremony, after which she expressed fears about the reunion and then led to the contraction of the virus for her and Derek.

Kate first wrote about the gesture in her book, but did not confirm the Royal’s name – which led to Thursday’s revelation about the identity of Charles, who himself battled the virus the last year.

An honor: It comes after Kate last week appeared to confirm the identity of the Royal mystery that helped her support her during her husband Derek's battle against Covid.

An honor: It comes after Kate last week appeared to confirm the identity of the Royal mystery that helped her support her during her husband Derek’s battle against Covid.

In The Power Of Hope, which she published 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 beautiful, I thought, even if it seemed utterly surreal.

Derek is considered the longest surviving COVID-19 patient in the country. The former lobbyist continues to recover from the illness at his London home.

Earlier this year, Kate documented her plight in her documentary Finding Derek.

The documentary became ITV’s most-watched factual program in three years, after 4.5 million viewers tuned in to the moving program when it aired in March.

The host presented the show documenting her husband Derek’s year-long battle with COVID-19, with viewers praising her for sharing such a candid glimpse into her long recovery.

Kate filmed every step of Derek’s year-long battle with the coronavirus after he was hospitalized with respiratory illness.

Last month she won the National Television Award for Authored Documentary and after her victory she shared a snapshot of their FaceTime call on Instagram.

Reaching out: The Prince of Wales last year revealed he was 'lucky' to have experienced 'relatively mild symptoms' of Covid-19 after testing positive in March 2020

Reaching out: The Prince of Wales last year revealed he was ‘lucky’ to have experienced ‘relatively mild symptoms’ of Covid-19 after testing positive in March 2020

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