Prince William and Kate Middleton tell Kate Garraway they want to ‘hug her’ after husband’s covid battle

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have extended their support to Kate Garraway after she discussed husband Derek Draper's battle with coronavirus.

The Good Morning Britain host, who recently slammed Donald Trump for greeting fans, met the royal couple when they arrived at a St Bartholomew's hospital to present a Mirror Pride of Britain award to the NHS frontline heroes.

Kate, 53, was on hand to introduce them to the NHS representatives for the show.

According to The Mirror, amazed by her strength, Prince William, 38, commended the presenter and said: "I think you're amazing to do this as I know you've had such a hard time yourself."

The Duchess, 38, went on to ask Kate how she and her family are coping during Derek's battle with the deadly virus.

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"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," she told them.

"And I think that's a huge pressure for everyone – mental and physical health."

The Duke and Duchess were able to relate to Kate's anguish as William's dad Prince Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus at the same time as Derek in March.

As Kate brought up Prince Charles, Prince William said: "Yes, my father had it really early on."

The eldest son of Charles also told the I'm A Celebrity star he would hug her if they didn't have to social distance from one another.

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"You are doing amazingly though. If it wasn't for social distancing we would both give you a hug," William sweetly explained.

Just before Will and Kate departed, the journalist thanked the pair for taking the time out of their busy schedules to celebrate the frontline NHS workers.

"We're always keen to help, especially this year with everything going on. It's been difficult for a lot of people," William admitted.

Viewers will be able to witness the special interaction on The Pride of Britain Awards which airs on 1 November on TV.

Kate revealed in April that husband Derek had contracted coronavirus and was later admitted into intensive care.

The brave mum-of-two has been keeping fans updated with her husband's health, as she looks after children Darcey, 14, and Billy, ten.

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