Kate Garraway has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Prince of Wales, as her husband Derek Draper supported her in individual at Windsor Fort in the present day (Wednesday 28 June).
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, was recognised within the 2022 New Yr Honours for her providers to broadcasting, journalism and charity.
She obtained the award from Prince William whereas Draper, who was left with long-lasting organ injury after falling critically in poor health with Covid-19 in March 2020, watched from a wheelchair close by.
Draper, 55, who isn’t seen in public as a result of he wants round the clock care, attended the investiture ceremony carrying a blue go well with and stripe tie.
Garraway wore a cream gown with a bejewelled collar and an identical headpiece.
Final yr, when it was introduced that she had been awarded, Garraway mentioned on GMB: “I truly really feel very awkward about all of it actually, I don’t know why, as a result of I’m thrilled to bits and extremely honoured.
“However you simply type of assume, ‘What? Me?’, and you then assume it’s not actual.”
She additionally admitted she had obtained some adverse feedback concerning the honour, saying: “I believe it has (evoked) unusual emotions. And there have been a couple of feedback because it was introduced of individuals saying, ‘Why has she acquired this? I take care of my cherished one’.
“I haven’t acquired it for taking care of Derek. It’s for broadcasting and I believe additionally charity work. However you recognize there’s a lot of folks that you just really feel deserve it extra. So it’s a wierd feeling.”
The TV presenter has made two documentaries detailing her household’s life as Draper battles the long-term results of coronavirus, with each programmes profitable Nationwide Tv Awards within the authored documentary class.
Draper spent greater than a yr in hospital with Covid from March 2020 to April 2021, partly in an induced coma. He has been out and in of hospital since then for varied remedies, together with in October 2022 after he contracted sepsis.
Garraway has additionally written two books – The Energy Of Hope: The Transferring Memoir From ITV’s Kate Garraway and The Energy Of Love: Embracing An Unsure Future With Resilience And Optimism – following Draper’s well being battle.
There are plans for her to entrance a 3rd documentary exposing the “damaged” care system.
In March, Garraway opened up concerning the excessive price of her husband’s therapy and 24-hour care as he continues to stay with lengthy Covid. His care is supplied by Garraway and healthcare professionals.
She spoke about how issues have been “powerful financially” whereas clarifying that her household has not had any “particular therapy” from the NHS.
“As anybody with a cherished one who’s critically in poor health is aware of, the prices undergo the roof in so some ways,” she instructed The Solar. “You need to make modifications to your own home and it impacts your means to work.”
She additionally spoke about feeling aware that folks could grow to be “fed up” by her speaking about Draper’s well being struggles.
Describing it as a “lengthy battle”, she mentioned the ordeal has been “very powerful on him, and the folks round me”. She added: “I don’t wish to go on about it as a result of what I’ve learnt is you solely actually know what it seems like till you’re there. You think about it, however you don’t know.”
Garraway and Draper married in September 2005 and share two youngsters, Darcey, 17, and Billy, 14.
Extra reporting by PA