Deborah James receives Damehood from Prince William as fund hits £5.4m


Eborah James has revealed she was honored with a Damehood by the Duke of Cambridge at her childhood home on Friday.

The You, me and the big C podcast host, 40, said she was “utterly honored” that Prince William had joined James and her family for afternoon tea and champagne, where she received the honour.

Dame Deborah James receives her Damehood

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She shared the news on Instagram, writing: “Prince William actually came to our family home today!! I am very honored that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne where he not only spent a lot of time chatting with all my family but also honored me with my Damehood.

“It’s kind of surreal to have a royal doll in the house, and yes, you can imagine the cleaning antics and dish preparation were antics – but it was all irrelevant because William was so nice and he set us all up. made us comfortable.

She praised Prince William and added: “He is clearly passionate about improving oncology results as president of the Royal Marsden. It was such a special day for all my family, making memories that will last a lifetime.

“He’s always welcome back!”

It was announced Thursday that the mother of two had been honored with a damehood for her “tireless campaigning”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “richly deserved”.

He said: “By her tireless campaigning and sharing her experience so openly, she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, she has made countless others with the Big C feel not alone.

“I hope this recognition from Her Majesty – I’m sure the whole country supports – will bring some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time.

“My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know she has the love and gratitude of the land.”

The Dame title would normally be announced as part of the New Year’s Awards or on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday, but may be given at other times in exceptional circumstances.

On Saturday morning, James’ fund exceeded £5.4 million with her cancer research fundraising initiative.

The 40-year-old, known as Bowel Babe for her colon cancer campaign, had initially hoped to raise £250,000 for research into the disease.

Her JustGiving page reached the milestone following donations from more than 250,000 supporters, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who contributed an undisclosed amount.

Earlier this week, James announced that she had moved to her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, where she is receiving end-of-life care.

James wrote a heartbreaking post on Instagram revealing that “no one knows how much longer I have” and announcing the launch of her Bowelbabe cancer research fund.

In the message to her supporters, she said her “body is not playing along” and has now been transferred to a home care hospice.

She wrote: “My active care has ended and I have now moved to a home care hospice, with my incredible family around me and the focus is on making sure I am not in pain and spending time with them.

“Nobody knows how much longer I have, but I can’t walk, I sleep most days and most of the things I took for granted are sky dreams. I know we have left no stone unturned.”

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