Kate Garraway was branded “brave and courageous” by the parents of Olympic gold medalist Matthew Richards during a moving moment on Good Morning Britain.
The 54-year-old, who is standing in for Susanna Reid, was chatting to Simon and Amanda Richards on Wednesday’s show alongside co-hosts Ben Shephard and Sean Fletcher.
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And speaking to Matt’s parents, the panel discussed his big win, training and their reaction.
But when the interview ended Amanda took the opportunity to praise Kate and and her courage over the last 18 months following her husband Derek Draper’s Covid-19 battle, which left him hospitalised and in a critical condition in March 2020.
She said: “Can I just say to Kate as well, I just want to say that you and your husband are a massive inspiration as well.”
Kate Garraway branded ‘brave and courageous’ by Olympic gold medalist’s mum
“Oh that’s so kind, thank you,” a visibly moved Kate responded.
“And seriously you have been so brave and so courageous over the last 18 months, so I just wanted to send you my love.”
Kate joked: “Well thank you so much, I was just about to say to Ben after that is this where we are going wrong as parents because we’ve never given as much.
“But you saying that has made me feel slightly better.
“And what you’re doing and what your son’s done and what the team’s doing is lifting everyone’s spirits. So that is fact.”
“Undoubtedly,” Ben agreed. “Roll on Paris, we can’t wait to see him in the pool again.”
Amanda and Simon Richards on Good Morning Britain
Elsewhere on the show Ben and Kate sympathised with Simone Biles who withdrew from her second event to focus on mental health.
“It’s surprising though, isn’t it?” Kate said. “She took that decision for the team, and sensibly evaluated the next stage but it’s a big, big thing for her, for her teammates, for everyone in the competition.”
“She won’t have taken that decision lightly of course,” Ben added.
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