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Charlotte Hawkins praises Kate Garraway for staying strong amid her husband Derek’s covid-19 battle

Charlotte Hawkins has heaped praise on her pal and Good Morning Britain co-star Kate Garraway for the way she’s handled things amid husband Derek Draper’s covid-19 battle.

The presenter, 46, said she was ‘inspired’ and ‘so full of admiration’ for Kate, 54, and commended her for staying strong and remaining professional while going through so much in her personal life.

Speaking to Prima magazine about her pal, Charlotte said: ‘I’m so full of admiration for Kate. She inspires me. She’s gone through so much in her personal life, and yet is able to carry on and it doesn’t affect her professional life. 

Praise: Charlotte Hawkins has heaped praise on her pal and Good Morning Britain co-star Kate Garraway for the way she’s handled things amid husband Derek Draper’s covid-19 battle

‘I knew how desperately heart-breaking it was and for her to be able to come into Good Morning Britain and to carry on presenting was incredible. I think she found that it focused her mind.’

The TV personality went on to describe how can seamlessly switched from speaking to her husband all night to speaking to politicians and other guests on the show who had been affected by the virus.  

She said: ‘Sometimes she’d be up all night, she’d be talking to Derek on FaceTime, then she’d be straight into Good Morning Britain. She’d be speaking to politicians and people whose relatives had died and were going through it.’

Inspired: The presenter, 46, said she was 'inspired' and 'so full of admiration' for Kate, 54, and commended her for staying strong and remaining professional while going through so much in her personal life (pictured together in 2019)

Inspired: The presenter, 46, said she was ‘inspired’ and ‘so full of admiration’ for Kate, 54, and commended her for staying strong and remaining professional while going through so much in her personal life (pictured together in 2019)

The beauty added that she’s ‘amazed’ at how Kate has managed to cope in the way she has.   

Read the full interview with Charlotte Hawkins in the August issue of Good Housekeeping on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect

Read the full interview with Charlotte Hawkins in the August issue of Good Housekeeping on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect

During the chat, Charlotte told how she still ‘keeps in touch’ with former co-star Piers Morgan, who quit the show earlier this year after a row about Meghan Markle. 

She recalled how they met up recently with cheeky Piers, 56, texting her beforehand to inform her that he couldn’t wait to ‘annoy’ her again.

But Charlotte added that she ‘loves’ Piers’ ‘mischievousness’ and joked that he could annoy people a way that ‘no one else can’. 

Meanwhile, their close friend Kate revealed last week that her husband Derek still faces ‘huge challenges’ after spending a year in intensive care with his Covid battle. 

The presenter appeared alongside Alastair Campbell on Friday’s episode of Good Morning Britain as she gave an update on her husband’s condition, three months after he was discharged from hospital to stay in their family home. 

Strong: Speaking to Prima magazine about her pal, Charlotte said: 'I¿m so full of admiration for Kate. She inspires me. She¿s gone through so much in her personal life, and yet is able to carry on and it doesn¿t affect her professional life'

Strong: Speaking to Prima magazine about her pal, Charlotte said: ‘I’m so full of admiration for Kate. She inspires me. She’s gone through so much in her personal life, and yet is able to carry on and it doesn’t affect her professional life’

What a trooper: Charlotte said of Kate: 'Sometimes she¿d be up all night, she¿d be talking to Derek on FaceTime, then she¿d be straight into Good Morning Britain'

What a trooper: Charlotte said of Kate: ‘Sometimes she’d be up all night, she’d be talking to Derek on FaceTime, then she’d be straight into Good Morning Britain’ 

The mother-of-two explained that although Derek, 53, had been allowed to move home, that didn’t mean he was ‘out of the woods’ and still needed time and plenty of care if he hoped to keep recovering. 

As Alastair asked how Derek was feeling, Kate replied: ‘He’s alright, he’s alright. He’s very up and down, we’re certainly not a long way out of the woods.’ 

Referring to why he came home from hospital in April, Kate explained: ‘Not because he was better, no. But being home has meant we’ve seen some things improved.

Great admiration: The beauty added that she's 'amazed' at how Kate has managed to cope in the way she has

Great admiration: The beauty added that she’s ‘amazed’ at how Kate has managed to cope in the way she has

Keep in touch: During the chat, Charlotte told how she still 'keeps in touch' with former co-star Piers Morgan, who quit the show earlier this year after a row about Meghan Markle

Keep in touch: During the chat, Charlotte told how she still ‘keeps in touch’ with former co-star Piers Morgan, who quit the show earlier this year after a row about Meghan Markle

Pals: She recalled how they met up recently with cheeky Piers, 56, texting her beforehand to inform her that he couldn't wait to 'annoy' her again

Pals: She recalled how they met up recently with cheeky Piers, 56, texting her beforehand to inform her that he couldn’t wait to ‘annoy’ her again

‘Definitely having the family around, having the children around has provided stimulation.

‘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’s huge challenges ahead’. 

Derek returned to the family home he shares with Kate and their two children, Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, in April.  

It has been confirmed that Derek is Britain’s longest surviving Covid hospital patient after he was first admitted  with breathing difficulties on March 30 last year. 

'We didn't bring him home because he was better': Meanwhile, their close friend Kate revealed last week that her husband Derek still faces 'huge challenges' after spending a year in intensive care with his Covid battle

‘We didn’t bring him home because he was better’: Meanwhile, their close friend Kate revealed last week that her husband Derek still faces ‘huge challenges’ after spending a year in intensive care with his Covid battle

Updates: The presenter appeared alongside Alastair Campbell on Friday's episode of Good Morning Britain

Updates: She gave an update on her husband's condition

Updates: The presenter appeared alongside Alastair Campbell on Friday’s episode of Good Morning Britain as she gave an update on her husband’s condition

Heartbreaking: The mother-of-two explained that although Derek had been allowed to move home, that didn't mean he was 'out of the woods' and still needed time (pictured in 2019)

Heartbreaking: The mother-of-two explained that although Derek had been allowed to move home, that didn’t mean he was ‘out of the woods’ and still needed time (pictured in 2019) 

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