Explaining that she would be taking some time off, Kate said: “I’m actually not here next week, I’m taking a bit of time off to help Billy get sorted for secondary school and Darcey as well get ready for school. And also Derek, look after things on that.
“I just want to say thank you to all of you for absolutely being brilliant since I’ve come back through challenging times.”
She continued: “Everyone here, you, Ben, everyone on-screen and off-screen you’ve been amazing.
“Everyone talks about ITV and TV being a brutal business and it’s not, it’s a proper family you’ve all been amazing. Thank you so much.”