Kate Garraway reveals pal Piers Morgan ‘went into Churchillian rallying mode’ during Derek’s Covid battle


Kate Garraway reveals how her former colleague Piers Morgan ‘went into Churchillian rallying mode’ to support her husband Derek during his Covid fight.

The presenter, who worked with the 54-year-old journalist on Good Morning Britain, said he would “quote every inspirational figure from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela” in an effort to “inspire him”.

It’s been a rough year for Kate with Derek, 53, hospitalized for 12 months after contracting Covid, and the former lobbyist now being looked after at home.

Support: Kate Garraway reveals how her friend Piers Morgan ‘went into Churchillian rallying mode’ to help her during husband Derek’s Covid fight (pictured with Derek in 2019)

Reflecting on the tough times in her new book The Power of Hope, Kate elaborates on how her friend of 20 years told her: ‘You have to fight this. Do not crumble.

In a quote reported by Sun, Kate said: When Pierce called, he did what I’ve known for 20 years, always did, and went into Churchillian rallying mode.

“Okay, Kate, hold on. You’re a brilliant journalist. Do what you do best… Get on it. Get to the bottom of the situation”.

‘He was like the captain of a rugby team, getting me ready for the pitch, quoting every inspirational person he could [Winston] From Churchill to Nelson Mandela.’

Wise words: The Good Morning Britain presenter who worked with the 54-year-old journalist said he would 'quote every inspirational figure' to 'inspire him' (pictured in 2018)

Wise words: The Good Morning Britain presenter who worked with the 54-year-old journalist said he would ‘quote every inspirational figure’ to ‘inspire him’ (pictured in 2018)

The mother-in-law then continued that her friend’s encouraging words served to ‘motivate me’ as she remained positive during the tough times.

Kate previously revealed how it was Pierce who helped her with her memoir after Derek first got sick after asking her to write things down.

While discussing her book on LBC radio in May, Kate attributed her note to Piers saying: ‘It was actually Piers Morgan who said long ago “You have to write this…”

‘And I didn’t, really, because there wasn’t time to write things down. But he said write only words that you will remember because he said you will not remember some of these things.’

Encouragement: Kate says Pierce used inspirational quotes from Winston Churchill in his efforts to help her

Staying positive: Pierce is said to have quoted Kate to Nelson Mandela (pictured in 1999)

Encouragement: Kate said Pierce borrowed inspirational quotes from Winston Churchill (left, in 1945) and Nelson Mandela (right, in 1999) to help her move on.

Chart-Topping: Kate Garraway's new emotional memoir, pictured, about her husband Derek Draper's battle with Covid tops book charts in first week of sales

Chart-Topping: Kate Garraway’s new emotional memoir, pictured, about her husband Derek Draper’s battle with Covid tops book charts in first week of sales

Pierce also praised Kate’s book and urged followers to read it as she wrote on Twitter last month: ‘This is such a wonderful book. Powerful, dynamic, heartwarming, inspiring, courageous and funny.

In March 2020, Kate’s husband Derek tested positive for the coronavirus, causing clots in his lungs, a hole in his heart, and diabetes.

His symptoms were so severe that he had to be in an induced coma for months, and finally returned home in April after spending a year in the hospital, but he still has a long way to go in his recovery.

Last month, Kate gave an update on her husband Derek’s health, saying he ‘really can’t move’ and still has minimal communication.

Devastating: In March 2020, Derek tested positive for the coronavirus, causing clots in his lungs, a hole in his heart, and diabetes.  He was to be placed in an induced coma for months

Devastating: In March 2020, Derek tested positive for the coronavirus, causing clots in his lungs, a hole in his heart, and diabetes. He was to be placed in an induced coma for months

Appearing on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, the presenter said her husband is still ‘devastated’ by the virus, despite earlier warnings he has a long way to go in his recovery.

He said: ‘He came home on 7 April so we’ve been in it for a few weeks now. how is that? Look, he is devastated by Kovid.

‘He really can’t move, his communication is very low. There are moments where the up is there, you think you know it’s there. He has a lot of memory.

‘But its reach is very limited. He’s So Far From Derek Draper That…

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