Kate Garraway has revealed how her former colleague Piers Morgan ‘went into Churchillian rallying mode’ to support her during her husband Derek’s Covid battle.
The presenter, 54, who worked with the journalist, 56, on Good Morning Britain, said he would ‘quote every inspirational figure he could from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela’ in an effort to ‘spur her on’.
It has been a difficult year for Kate with Derek, 53, being hospitalised for 12 months after contracting Covid and the former lobbyist now being cared for at home.
Support: Kate Garraway has revealed how her pal Piers Morgan ‘went into Churchillian rallying mode’ to help her during her husband Derek’s Covid battle (pictured with Derek in 2019)
Reflecting on the tough times in her new book The Power of Hope, Kate detailed how her friend of 20 years told her: ‘You have to fight this. Do not crumble’.
In an extract reported by The Sun, Kate added: ‘When Piers rang he did what the Piers I’ve known for 20 years always did, and went into Churchillian rallying mode.
‘”Right, Kate, get a grip. You’re a brilliant journalist. Do what you do best… get on this. Get to the bottom of the situation”.
‘He was like a rugby team captain, preparing me for the pitch, quoting every inspirational figure he could from [Winston] Churchill to Nelson Mandela.’
Wise words: The presenter, 54, who worked with the journalist, 56, on Good Morning Britain, said he would ‘quote every inspirational figure he could’ to ‘spur her on’ (pictured in 2018)
The mother-of-two then continued that her friend’s encouraging words worked in ‘spurring me on’ as she continued to stay positive during the difficult time.
Kate previously revealed how it was Piers who helped her with her memoir after telling her to write things down when Derek first got sick.
Discussing her book on LBC Radio in May, Kate attributed her note taking to Piers saying: ‘It was actually Piers Morgan who very early on said “you’ve got to write this down…”
‘And I didn’t, really, because there didn’t seem time to write things down. But he said to just write words that you’ll remember because he said you won’t remember some of these things.’
Encouragement: Kate said Piers borrowed inspirational quotes from Winston Churchill (left, in 1945) and Nelson Mandela (right, in 1999) in his efforts to help her carry on
Chart-topping: Kate Garraway’s new emotional memoir, pictured, about her husband Derek Draper’s battle with Covid jumped to the top of the book charts in its first week of sales
Piers has also praised Kate’s book and urged followers to read it as he took to Twitter last month to pen: ‘This is such a fantastic book. Powerful, moving, heart-breaking, inspiring, courageous and funny’.
In March 2020, Kate’s husband Derek tested positive for coronavirus, which left him with clots in his lungs, holes in his heart and diabetes.
His symptoms were so severe he had to be placed in an induced coma for months, and finally returned home in April after spending a year in hospital, but still has a long way to go in his recovery.
Last month, Kate gave an update on her husband Derek’s health, saying he ‘can’t really move’ and still has minimal communication.
Devastating: In March 2020, Derek tested positive for coronavirus, which left him with clots in his lungs, holes in his heart and diabetes. He had to be placed in an induced coma for months
Appearing on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, the presenter said her husband is still ‘devastated’ by the virus, after having been previously warned he still has a long way to go in his recovery.
She said: ‘He came home on April the 7th so we’re a few weeks into it now. How is he? Look, he’s devastated by Covid.
‘He can’t really move, his communication is very minimal. There are moments where there’s up, you feel you know he’s in there. He has a lot of memory.
‘But the accessing of it is very limited. He’s a long way from the Derek Draper that you know Andrew but he’s home and he’s alive, he’s asleep now.’
Tough time: Last month, Kate gave an update on her husband’s health, saying he ‘can’t really move’ and still has minimal communication (pictured during ITV documentary Finding Derek)
On Sunday, Kate revealed she and their two children – Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, – had been to Cornwall for an ’emotional’ half-term holiday while Derek stayed at home with his parents, sisters and nurses to care for him.
The TV presenter took to Instagram to share a short video of her extended family playing football during the well-earned break, and revealed they had reunited after 18 months apart.
And adding to an already difficult year, on Thursday Kate revealed that her mum had been rushed to hospital after breaking her foot during a stroll on the beach.
She shared the news on social media and added that her mum was now recovering at home as she thanked NHS staff for taking such good care of her.
Scary: Kate revealed on Thursday that her mum was rushed to hospital after breaking her foot following a fall, as she shared an Instagram snap of her after she left hospital