Kate Garraway to return to TV role after husband Derek Draper’s funeral

Kate Garraway will return her TV role next week following the funeral of her husband Derek Draper on Friday, ITV has confirmed.

The presenter will give a live interview to Good Morning Britain on Monday, where she will discuss Draper’s final weeks and his funeral ceremony.

She will then return to hosting the show on Thursday, alongside Ben Shephard.

Draper died in January after living with extreme complications from Covid.

Garraway is a regular presenter on Good Morning Britain and usually presents on Thursdays and Fridays.

But she has been absent from the show since early December, when Draper suffered a cardiac arrest.

Draper, an author and former political adviser, suffered long-lasting symptoms from coronavirus after contracting the virus in March 2020.

He required daily care, which Garraway chronicled in ITV documentaries.

When he passed away on 3 January, Garraway paid tribute to her “darling husband Derek” in a statement posted on Instagram.

Stars and politicians including Sir Elton John and Sir Tony Blair were also in attendance.

Draper, who was from Chorley in Lancashire, was a Labour Party lobbyist for almost a decade.

He retrained as a psychotherapist and wrote regularly in magazines and newspapers on psychotherapy issues. He is the author of two books, Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support.

In 2009 he founded the LabourList website, a news website supportive, but independent of, the Labour Party.

Draper and Garraway married in 2005 and they had two children together.


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