Kate Garraway receives message of support from David Beckham as she returns to 'GMB'

Danny Thompson
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Kate Garraway has revealed on her return to Good Morning Britain that David Beckham sent private messages of support as her husband Derek Draper battles COVID-19.

Draper has been critically ill with the disease for months.

The former football star contacted Garraway on Instagram to send his best wishes and ask if there was anything he could do to help.

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Speaking on her return to GMB after four months off, Garraway, 53, said the former England skipper sent personalised videos to her two children with Draper.

GOOD MORNING BRITAIN Weekdays on ITV, Pictured: Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway (ITV/Photographer : Jonathan Ford)
GOOD MORNING BRITAIN Weekdays on ITV, Pictured: Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway (ITV/Photographer : Jonathan Ford)

She said: "He did very sweetly contact me on Instagram.

"He asked if there was anything he could do to help and I was tempted to say 'your missus's wardrobe, that would be helpful', on a joking level.

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"I just thought it was so sweet, and I said to be honest just being able to tell (her children) Darcey and Billy you'd been in touch, so I said 'you've helped enough, thank you’."

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 25:  Owner and President of Soccer Operations David Beckham addresses the media ahead of Inter Miami CF's inaugural match on March 1st against LAFC, during media availability at Inter Miami CF Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
David Beckham asked if there was anything he could do to help. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Beckham then sent videos for the two kids, but what she didn’t realise is the clips could only be watched once before deleting themselves.

She explained: "He sent a video message – although he sent it on something clever, which I couldn't work, where you play it once and lose it.

LONDON - APRIL 03:  TV Presenter Kate Garraway and husband  Derek Draper arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards at Grosvenor House on April 3, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper at the 2009 Galaxy British Book Awards. (Jon Furniss/WireImage)

"Fortunately he sent two, but Darcey didn't get hers. I played it, then it was gone. I learnt the second time though."

With Draper still unwell, Garraway has been advised she needs to try to carry on with her life.

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As she returned to work, she asked colleagues not to be “too nice”, as she might get upset.

GOOD MORNING BRITAIN - Pictured: Kate Garraway (© ITV)
GOOD MORNING BRITAIN - Pictured: Kate Garraway (© ITV)

She warned: "Don't be too nice or I'll get too emotional, go back to being rude,” before adding: "It's lovely to be here."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.