Kate Garraway reveals Prince William said he could relate to her kids in the most devastating way

Kate Garraway is seen arriving at the Global Studios on March 25, 2021 in London, England
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Kate Garraway has revealed that Prince William admitted he could identify with her children when her husband Derek Draper (opens in new tab) was in hospital, having lost his mother Princess Diana at a young age. 

The Good Morning Britain host opened up about her experience meeting Prince William and Kate Middleton for the Pride of Britain Awards last year. This extraordinary meeting took place amidst her husband Derek Draper's devastating health battle with Covid-19. 

The former political advisor was first admitted to hospital in March (opens in new tab) 2020 with Covid-19 symptoms. He remained in intensive care for over a year, battling the huge impact the virus had on his body. 

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After being apart from Derek for so long and sharing details of the horrendous experience in documentary Finding Derek (opens in new tab), Kate delightedly confirmed earlier this month that Derek had returned home (opens in new tab)

Now speaking on GMB this week as William and Kate Middleton celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary (opens in new tab), Kate told fellow hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard how the couple identified with her and Derek’s children, son Billy (opens in new tab) and daughter Darcey (opens in new tab)

"They were lovely, I always thought it was very touching how they even know about things that had been happening in my family,” Kate explained. "They related very much to the children, and what it was like for them to have a father that was absent, and sick."

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Kate went on to explain that Prince William in particular could relate to Billy and Darcey’s experience, stating: "Of course, William knows all about what it's like to have a parent who's not there.

“But actually watching them when they were just talking to each other, getting ready for things and her sort of dusting off his shoulders, I just thought, gosh, what a lovely team you two are. They felt very supportive of each other and that was nice to see," she continued. 

"Because you sometimes read differently about couples, don't you?"

And it’s not just Prince William and Kate who have shown their support for Kate’s family as the Royal Family, who are sometimes called The Firm (opens in new tab), reached out to Kate with a generous gesture (opens in new tab) in the midst of Derek's health battle. 

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This new heart-warming revelation from the GMB star came as she recently told Iain Dale on LBC that the children had been frequently talking to and hugging Derek.

She shared that Billy and Darcey are making Derek smile again (opens in new tab) in a “reassuring way” at things he would’ve found amusing before.

Kate also explained that they were “coping extraordinarily” with his return which sees Derek receiving around-the-clock care. 

Emma Shacklock
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