Prince William ‘wanted to hug Kate Garraway’ after hearing about Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a sweet exchange with Kate Garraway after hearing about what she had been through while her husband Derek Draper battles coronavirus.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Kate on a surprise visit to Britain’s oldest hospital, St Bartholomew’s in London, to deliver a Mirror Pride of Britain award to frontline heroes.

Prince William and Kate Middleton listened as Kate Garraway revealed the impact Derek’s illness had on her and their children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, who still haven’t been allowed to see their dad due to visiting restrictions.

The Mirror reports that Prince William told her: ‘You are doing amazingly though. If it wasn’t for social distancing we would both give you a hug.’

The Duchess added: ‘I think you’re amazing to do this as I know you’ve had such a hard time yourself.’

Kate replied: ‘I think we are all doing OK but it’s very difficult because you can’t visit that often and the children haven’t got to visit Derek. And I think that’s a huge pressure for everyone – mental and physical health.’

Derek has been in hospital since the end of March after contracting coronavirus, and is ‘one of five in the world’ who has been so badly affected by the after-effects of the virus.

He was put into an induced coma to help his body fight the virus, but he still remains in a minimally conscious state after doctors tried to bring him round.

The virus has also affected many of his organs, including his lungs, kidneys and heart, and he has been left diabetic which he wasn’t before.

Kate and the Duke and Duchess presenting an award to the NHS workers tackling coronavirus will be show on the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards and was filmed last week.

The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2020, in partnership with TSB, airs on Sunday from 9pm on ITV.

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