Kate Garraway was left mortified as she revealed too much about her correspondence with Kate Middleton after performing a reading on Royal Carols: Together at Christmas.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain’s Christmas Day special with co-presenter Richard Bacon, she detailed the moment that the Duchess Of Cambridge thanked her for her involvement.
Richard, 46, asked Kate, 54: ‘You mentioned that after you met William and Kate she sent you a note.’
‘I’ll be in the tower!’: Kate Garraway was left mortified after discussing ‘secret’ thank you note from Kate Middleton for appearing in royal carol service
He went on: ‘Can I ask a technical question? If a senior royal sends you a note, what form does it come? Does it come on horseback? Does it have a wax seal?’
Kate said: ‘So I was sitting at home with a cup of tea and suddenly there was a knock at the door and there was a fanfare and there were people with trumpets.
‘And then, a bit like in Cinderella, where you have a velvet pillow, there was a note with a seal and I opened it up and it was one of the most extraordinary moments of my life.
‘It was really sweet, so lovely. She thanked everybody involved because it means so much to her.
Eeek: Speaking on Good Morning Britain’s Christmas Day special with co-presenter Richard Bacon, she detailed the moment she got invited to the event
She then said, mortified: ‘I wonder if that was a secret that I got a note?’
Richard responded: ‘Not anymore!’ as Kate exclaimed: ‘Crikey! I’ll be in the Tower! Stop!’
Kate delivered a heartfelt poem during ITV’s special after an incredibly difficult year which saw her husband Derek Draper continue his lengthy recovery from Covid.
Love and hope: Kate delivered a heartfelt poem during ITV’s special after an incredibly difficult year which saw her husband Derek Draper continue his lengthy recovery from Covid
Kate read: ‘Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine, love was born at Christmas, star and angels gave the sign.
‘Worship we the Godhead, love incarnate, love divine, worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign, love shall be our token, love be yours, and love be mine.
‘Love to God and all men, love for plea, and gift and sign.’
Kate’s husband Derek, 54, was rushed to hospital in March last year after contracting coronavirus, spending more than a year in medical care before returning home to be looked after by Kate and their children Darcey, 15, and William, 12.
The journalist recently spoke during an appearance on Good Morning Britain of the moment she realised she and her loved ones realised Derek understands what they are saying to him.
Kate added that Derek faces huge problems with communication, as well as mobility and fatigue as she explained: ‘Sometimes it’s like he’s not present with you.’
She spoke of a moment when playing a moral question game with their two children.
Moving: Westminster Abbey was filled with guests who listened to Kate read the poem when the service was recorded on December 8
The screen star detailed that the group received the question ‘Who’s most likely to find money on the floor and keep it?’
She added: ‘Everyone in the room all said at the same time, Darcy! And he [Derek] started to laugh.’
‘It was just the most lovely moment because you thought, he does get it, he does understand.’
‘And he’s right! Because she is the most likely!’, she laughed.
Former political advisor Derek was rushed to hospital after falling gravely ill with the highly infectious respiratory virus as it swept across the United Kingdom in March 2020.
He spent last December in hospital but has recently returned home and she felt grateful to have him back this festive period.
Kate admitted there was still a ‘long, long way to go’ with regards to his recovery, but that she felt grateful to have him home this festive period.
Reflecting on having him home, she said: ‘Last Christmas Eve, we did have a lot of promise and a lot of hope. But Derek was in hospital.
‘We had no idea whether he was going to live or die, praying that it was going in the right direction.’
Tough times: Kate read a poem Love Came Down at Christmas by Christina Rossetti for the royals in attendance, while Derek continues his recovery at home