Kate Garraway reveals fresh heartache as she admits she has ‘failed’ her children after ‘challenging’ months

Kate Garraway
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Kate Garraway has revealed her fresh heartache and guilt over admitting she has 'failed' her children after 'challenging' months.

Kate Garraway has opened up on her fresh heartache and guilt over thinking she has 'failed' her children amid 'challenging' months.

The Good Morning Britain host, who has daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 12, with her husband Derek Draper, has been juggling work with parenting and checking on her husband's condition.

Derek was admitted to hospital in March last year after contracting Coronavirus and after more than 12 months in hospital battling the deadly virus, he returned home to have round-the-clock care and be with his family.

He showed signs of response, as Kate revealed the sweet thing he told her as she left for work.

But his condition is still concerning and Kate is worried her children's schoolwork has suffered.

Speaking to Ben Shepphard on the ITV daytime show, she said, "I know that I have frankly failed my children in supporting them with homeschooling."

Kate Garraway, Darcey Draper and Billy Draper with friend

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Kate's comments come as millions of youngsters collected their A-level results yesterday, with millions more expected to pick up their GCSE results tomorrow (12th August).

And Kate admits she struggled to try to help them while she was worrying about Derek.

She added, "I know I had a very specific set of circumstances going on for the bulk of the time, but I found it very difficult to get online and help them work their way through the system. It was very, very challenging."

And even though Derek is home, there are still concerns about his recovery after Kate was warned that if he fails to show progress two years after contracting Covid then it's unlikely that he will ever recover.

“He’s very up and down, we’re certainly not a long way out of the woods,” she said.

Derek Draper, Kate Garraway husband

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper arrives at Heathrow Airport after returning from 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' on December 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by GC Images/GC Images)

And despite the unexpected heartache they've experienced through this covid battle that has gripped them, their bond is stronger than ever as being with the family at home is helping his recovery from long Covid.

Kate added, “Definitely having the family around, having the children around has provided stimulation and I think the problem is you latch on to the positives, which is good because you have to, but there’s absolutely no doubt that there are huge challenges ahead."


Since lockdown restrictions have eased, Kate has enjoyed spending time with the children, being able to take them to do something other than schoolwork by seeing a magic show at the theatre.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)