Piers Morgan reveals his parents are on the mend after coronavirus

‘They’re a lot better, it’s a relief’: Piers Morgan reveals his elderly parents are on the mend after contracting coronavirus and his stepdad has finally got his sense of taste back

  • The star previously spoke on GMB about how his mum and step-dad, Gabrielle and Glynne Pughe-Morgan, have fought the disease over a ‘scary fortnight’
  • He revealed they caught the disease from someone in their support bubble  
  • Piers had said: ‘I’d like to say something to my parents, they are both battling COVID and have been for two weeks and it’s a scary thing for a family’ 
  • Piers’ Good Morning Britain co-star Kate Garraway has watched her husband Derek Draper fight the deadly disease since March 

Piers Morgan revealed his elderly parents, mother Gabrielle and stepdad Glynne Pughe-Morgan are feeling much better after battling coronavirus. 

The presenter, 55, told Good Morning Britain viewers on Thursday: ‘They’re a lot better, it’s such a relief’, adding that his stepdad had got his taste back. 

Piers had previously said that his stepdad had been unable to taste wine and he had urged him to drink the ‘cheap stuff to save himself a fortune.’ 

‘They’re a lot better’: Piers Morgan said on GMB on Thursday that his elderly parents are on the mend after contracting coronavirus and his stepdad has got his sense of taste back

Hard times: The star revealed that his mum and step-dad, Gabrielle and Glynne Pughe-Morgan, have fought the disease (Piers and his parents, pictured in 2012)

But on Thursday, he said his delighted stepdad had finally managed to taste salt in his meal. 

He said: ‘He saw that as a gigantic step forward to being able to taste his wine again.

‘So, well done, dad. One small salt step for man, one giant leap for your chances of guzzling some vino by the end of the week.’  

Piers had revealed that this parents, both in their mid to late seventies, had contracted the deadly coronavirus from a member of their support bubble.    

He said on Monday: ‘I’d like to say something to my parents, they are both battling COVID and have been for two weeks and it’s a scary thing for a family…

‘When your elderly parents are fighting it, they are both in their mid to late 70s, and they got it two weeks ago from someone in their bubble and they had to go out and they were very sensible but got the virus and then bang it was like dominoes.’ 

Piers’ biological father Eamonn Vincent O’Meara, tragically died in a road accident when Piers was just 11 months old, and when his mother remarried, the TV star and journalist took on his stepdad’s surname. 

Piers’ Good Morning Britain co-star Kate Garraway has watched her husband Derek Draper fight the deadly disease since March.   

While speaking to Piers on Monday’s show, Kate fought back the tears as she recalled the ‘breakthrough’ moment former Blair lobbyist Derek spoke his first word since emerging from coma.

Tough times: Piers’ biological father Eamonn Vincent O’Meara, tragically died in a road accident when Piers was just 11 months old, and when his mother remarried, the TV star and journalist took on his step-dad’s surname

The presenter revealed Draper appeared to mouth the word ‘pain’ when asked by nurses if he was in any discomfort.

While she said it was ‘heartbreaking’ he was suffering, it marked progress in his recovery being struck down with coronavirus.

But Kate, 53, is ‘keeping herself in check’ and said: ‘The power of hope is huge but you’re constantly trying to think, at what point do I have to start being real.’

She said: ‘Way back in April when we chatted for the first time and I said ‘look he seems to have survives so far, so I know I already have my miracle’.

‘But now I’m praying for the second miracle and that is for him to come back to us.

Tough times: Piers, pictured with his mum in 2008

‘It’s very difficult because this could be it. I’m very much trying to keep myself in check, not start crying, because we still don’t know.’

Kate explained that throughout 53-year-old Draper’s hospitalisation, doctors and nurses have continued treating him as if conscious, telling him when they were about to move him and asking if he were in any pain.

She recalled: ‘And they did this, and he very clearly mouthed the word ‘pain’. Everybody that was there stopped and couldn’t believe it.’

The TV presenter added: ‘It is a huge breakthrough, obviously it’s heartbreaking because he feels pain and that’s not what we want, what it means is that he’s been able to connect a sensation in his body, with his mouth through his brain to say the word ‘pain’.


Tough: Piers’ Good Morning Britain co-star Kate Garraway has watched her husband Derek Draper fight the deadly disease since March 

But she said: ‘I’ve spoken to you both before about is he still in there, is he locked away. I believe he is still in there. That’s a long way from being Derek with all his multiple words of colour with all the love, but it’s a start.

‘The power of hope is huge but you’re constantly trying to think, at what point do I have to start being real

She said there was ‘still a long road to go and we still don’t know how far down that road he can come’.

Kate said: ‘I was getting scared because I was thinking if it’s hard for him, how hard must it be for him stuck in there.’

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