Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway was recently awarded on the New Year Honours list as she received an MBE following her documentary about her husband Derek's health battle.

The TV personality was given the award following her heartfelt show which sparked emotions in many as she and her family navigated Derek's battle with Covid-19.

While Kate was happy to receive the letter which said that she could be nominated for an award, but she confessed that she wasn't at home to open the letter at the time.

She told hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Bacon: "Actually, Derek has had a bit of time going in and out of hospital recently, so I was actually with him at the time.

"My sister-in-law was in charge of opening letters that looked official and she opened it and said: 'Oh gosh I shouldn't have opened this you should have opened this yourself'."

She explained that immediately Kate decided to say that she would accept an award if she was up for it, which ultimately saw her land a spot on the New Year Honours list for 2022.

While Kate discussed her work on the documentary and looking after her husband which resulted in her landing a spot in the list, she shared that before Christmas she went to a pantomime with her husband.

She thanked Anton Du Beke for helping her organise it as he attended the fun-filled show, but Kate confessed Derek had a turn after he went.

Susanna asked Kate how Derek was doing, which prompted Kate to say: "He's doing alright. He is phenomenally fatigued at the moment.

"He's very fatigued and very weak, the trip to the pantomime he wasn't out of bed afterwards.

"But he thought it was worth it, it was a special day to be sitting there with the children, holding their hands and it being normal. But it took a lot out of him. We don't know what this year is going to bring."

Kate also opened up on how she would like to highlight the aftermath of those who suffered from Covid-19 or any disease and navigate the way forward as a family in her next documentary.

She said: "It's so complicated and you don't know it until you're in it. I'm reporting on social care and the challenges, but until you're in it you don't know the emotional toll.

"I hope I can use my job to shine a light on the challenges that are created. There isn't an easy solution."

Kate is in the process of her second documentary following the powerful release of Finding Derek, with the TV presenter hoping to shine a light on the aftermath of the troubling time many people have faced.

GMB continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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