Derek was a well-known author and lobbyist during the New Labour years but had suffered from long-COVID following a hospital admission in March 2020 for the virus.
He was thought to be one of the longest-surviving patients with Covid-19 before passing away on January 5 of this year.
Kate Garraway ‘considers selling’ £4 million home after caring for Derek Draper
A source told the Mail on Sunday: “It is so sad for Kate. Not only has she had to watch her beloved husband suffer for almost four years but her financial worries have never been far away from her thoughts.
“It has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to look after Derek and do everything she could to get him better but it’s left her struggling.”
Speaking of the house the Good Morning Britain presenter and Derek Draper lived in, the source added: “The house is about all she has left financially and she is now facing up to the fact it might have to be sold.
“It’s where she and Derek were so happy and also where her two children grew up – but bills are bills and they have to be paid. It’s dreadful for Kate.”
Derek had been left with damage all over his body, suffering from kidney failure, holes in his lungs and damage to his heart.
Speaking of her husband’s sad death earlier this month, Kate Garraway said: “I’m sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away.
“As some of you may know he has been critically ill following a cardiac arrest in early December which, because of the damage inflicted by Covid in March 2020, led to further complications.”
Kate has previously made two documentaries about her husband’s health battle including Finding Derek and Caring for Derek.
Derek and Kate had two children, with Darcey and Billy being 17 and 11 respectively.