Katie Price wins praise for 'Harvey and Me' documentary as Dwight Yorke slammed for abandoning disabled son

Watch: Katie Price and Harvey in their BBC documentary

Katie Price has won praise for her devotion to eldest son Harvey, while footballer Dwight Yorke came under fire from viewers for abandoning his disabled son.

The 42-year-old mother-of-five appeared in BBC documentary Katie Price: Harvey And Me, opening up about raising Harvey who has Prader-Willi syndrome, partial blindness and severe autism.

Harvey’s father is retired footballer Yorke, 49, following a brief relationship with Price, during which he has admitted cheating on her. He initially denied he was Harvey’s father and demanded a paternity test.

Katie Price charted her search for a full-time residential college for 18-year-old Harvey in BBC documentary 'Harvey and Me'. (BBC)
Katie Price charted her search for a full-time residential college for 18-year-old Harvey in BBC documentary Harvey and Me. (BBC)

Many viewers on social media admitted they were moved to tears by the love shown between Price and Harvey, while others were angered by Yorke’s lack of support.

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Dan Lomas tweeted: “Take my hat off to @KatiePrice - looks like she has done a fantastic job with Harvey... what a w***** Dwight Yorke is, couldn’t think of anything worse than being a bad father. #harveyandme”

Catherine Yeboah wrote: “Say what you like about Katie Price but anyone slagging her off for putting Harvey in residential care is out of order. Where's Dwight Yorke been for the last 18 years? #KatiePrice.”

Greg Lee said: “Katie Price doesn’t deserve the abuse the media gives her. She’s an incredible mum who loves Harvey very much and just wants the best for him. Dwight Yorke, on the other hand...”

Alex Peace posted: “Wouldn’t normally watch this kind of thing but watching Katie Price: Harvey & Me and anyone who has ANYTHING to say about Katie needs to save that energy for Dwight Yorke. One stayed and did 18 years of loving & caring, one did not. Mind which one you criticise.”

Price said in the show: “It's so time-consuming and you feel like you're alone, but you've just got to get on with it."

The documentary charted Price and Harvey’s search for a full-time residential college for him to attend.

Price admitted it was hard to let go of her eldest son who had been so dependent on her for 18 years.

Katie Price with her son Harvey leaves Portcullis House in London after giving evidence to the Commons Petitions Committee where she called for online abuse to be made a specific offence. (Photo by Nick Ansell/PA Images via Getty Images)
Katie Price admitted it is hard to let go of her eldest son Harvey as he turns 18. (Getty Images)

She said: "As much as you smother your kids and you want them with you all the time, sometimes you have to let them go, just give them that bit of space to go and explore."

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She added: "The reason I want him to go full-time residential is because some weekends they might have disco nights or bowling and he might want to go and do that and not just come home to me. It gives him a choice."

Speaking about his lack of contact with Harvey, Yorke told Sky News’ Kay Burley in 2009: “It is a combination of different things, one my time schedule and being based up in Manchester and a footballer on an everyday basis.

“Not sitting here and say I’m a total perfect father, I’ve made mistakes along the way and I would love to turn the clock back.”

Watch: Katie Price shares Harvey update on Radio 4