Kate Garraway to return to work on Monday for emotional interview on GMB just 3 days after beloved husband Derek’s funeral
Kate Garraway returns to work on Monday for an emotional interview on Good Morning Britain just three days after her beloved husband Derek Draper’s funeral.
The GMB host, 56, will give a live interview to the show from her home before rejoining her co-presenter Ben Shephard later in the week.
The heartbroken mother, whose husband died last month at the age of 56 after a devastating battle with Covid-19, reportedly told friends she wanted to keep busy and immerse herself in work while she continued to grieve.
A source told The sun: ‘Kate has had an incredibly rough past few months, and it has taken its toll mentally and physically.
“But she’s a workaholic, and journalism, being on live TV, runs through her blood — it’s what she knows and loves.”
Kate Garraway will return to TV screens tomorrow just three days after her husband’s funeral
Derek Draper in 2021 with his wife Kate and children Darcey and Billy after returning from hospital, where he was Britain’s longest-suffering covid patient.
Kate and her family come for the funeral of her husband, who died at the age of 56. Kate wore husband’s watch ‘so she could wear a piece of him’
Kate and her children left St Mary’s Church in Primrose Hill this week hand in hand after a service described as ‘an incredible send off for a wonderful man’
She was last seen on GMB on December 8 and is tentatively scheduled to return to TV full-time, although ITV have offered their full support and said she can take time off when she needs to.
A source added: ‘Kate’s wellbeing is everyone’s biggest concern.’
They added: ‘It’s not a decision she’s taken lightly, but she’s genuinely excited to be back in the studio.’
Devoted Kate has been by Derek’s side for every step of his illness since he first contracted COVID-19 in March 2020, when the pandemic first hit the UK.
The mother and TV presenter revealed she was holding Derek’s hand when he took his last breath on Friday 3 January this year.
Kate paid a loving tribute to her late husband at his ‘heartbreaking’ funeral this week, where Sir Elton John reduced the congregation to tears with a song after Tony Blair delivered the eulogy.
Kate wore her husband’s watch ‘so she could wear a piece of him on the day’ at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Primrose Hill, where the couple married 18 years ago.
Kate was with her ‘brave’ two children. Darcey (17) helped carry her father’s coffin to and from the altar and son William (13), known to friends and family as Billy, held his mother’s hand throughout. The children left notes on wreaths on the coffin saying: ‘I love you with all my heart’ and ‘I love your dad’.
Derek, 56, has been plagued with health problems after contracting Covid in 2020 and is said to be in a critical condition
Kate leaves the funeral service holding the hand of her son William after the service
Derek Draper’s coffin was carried out of the church, with his daughter Darcey being one of the pallbearers (front right)
Grieving Kate stood next to her daughter Darcey as family, friends and colleagues said goodbye to Derek
A source close to Kate said: ‘Kate wore Derek’s watch so she could wear a piece of him on the day, and of course everyone was so nice to her. The public outpouring of support simply kept her going. It was a heartbreaking day, but an incredible send off for a wonderful man’.
The funeral fell on Christmas Day, meaning the congregation held candles, which were lit in the church as Sir Elton performed Skyline Pigeon – the B-side of 1972 hit Daniel – ‘in tribute to Derek’.
Its poignant lyrics include: ‘Turn me loose from your hands, let me fly to distant lands, over green fields, trees and mountains, home along the lanes of the sky’.
The order of service also paid tribute to the singer, who became a ‘dear friend’ and supported them ‘right from the first day’ that Derek fell ill with Covid-19 at the start of the 2020 pandemic. Derek was the guest of honor at a performance last year.
There was also a speech by friend Sir Tony Blair and the congregation, which also included David Furnish, Sir Keir Starmer and a host of past and present Good Morning Britain presenters, sang Lord of the Dance and The Lord is My Shepherd sang.
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