Kate Garraway steps out at Smooth Radio as her ‘bittersweet’ 16th wedding anniversary plans with husband Derek Draper are revealed amid his recovery from COVID-19
Kate Garraway stepped out at Smooth Radio as her ‘bittersweet’ 16th anniversary plans to her husband Derek Draper were revealed.
The TV star, 54, waved to photographers while strolling through London in the sunshine – three days before her anniversary.
Kate’s husband Derek is recovering from COVID-19 and still requires round-the-clock care – with her presenter friend Clare Nasir discussing how Kate doesn’t want to ‘tempt fate’ by planning an anniversary event too far ahead.
Outing: Kate Garraway stepped out at Smooth Radio as her ‘bittersweet’ 16th anniversary plans to her husband Derek Draper were revealed
Sad: Derek is recovering from COVID-19 and still requires round-the-clock care since contracting the virus last year
Speaking to The Mirror, Clare, 51, explained Kate is taking ‘every day as it comes’ as ‘there are a lot of unknowns’.
She said: ‘Kate lives day to day with Derek because she doesn’t know what’s going to happen in 24 hours, let alone further along than that.
‘I’m sure she’s got things she’d want to do, but she doesn’t want to tempt fate. That’s why her anniversary will be so bittersweet – planning is so hard. Something unexpected could happen at any moment with Derek’s condition.’
Kate’s husband Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020.
Floaty: The TV star waved to photographers while strolling through London in the sunshine
Outing: The star was headed to work in the capital
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 bacterial pneumonia and fought multiple infections which punctured holes in his lungs.
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.
Kate and Derek share two children, Darcy, 15 and Billy, 12, who the doting mother was able to whisk away to Spain last month, marking their first holiday since Derek first fell ill.
However during her interview with The Mirror, Clare said Kate was ‘on a hotline to Derek the whole time’ as ‘that’s always the closest thing to her mind, wherever she is’.
Speaking last moth, Kate revealed Susanna Reid would be covering her Good Morning Britain hosting duties while she was abroad, saying: ‘Derek’s family are descending to take care of Derek while I take the kids away. I want to say a massive thank you to Susanna, she has been very kind.’
Diagnosis: Kate’s husband Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020 (pictured in 2019)
Explaining the difficult logistics of the plan, Kate continued: ‘I had a very tight window where I could get everybody to come and look after Derek.
‘Obviously he’ll have nurses as well, but I also needed friends to help us because I think the three of us are quite emotional about going away without him.’
Of going away without her husband, Kate added: ‘We wondered whether that would be too strange to do.
‘It feels like a bit of a moment. In fact my son Billy is concerned. It feels strange to do it, but we need to do it so we can have a few days and come back refreshed.’
‘We had a very tight window and nobody from GMB was available,’ Kate explained.
‘So, Susanna is coming off her holiday to come back for one day only to present the show tomorrow to allow me to go on holiday,’ she added gratefully.
Holiday: Kate and Derek share two children, Darcy, 15 and Billy, 12, who the doting mother was able to whisk away to Spain last month (Derek pictured with his and Kate’s children in 2019)