Tireless cancer campaigner and podcaster Deborah James has been honoured with her Damehood during an afternoon tea at her home with Prince William.
Deborah, who amassed a following of over 642,000 people on her “bowelbabe” Instagram page documenting her bowel cancer journey while raising over £5 million for research, ended her active care this week and moved in to hospice at home care instead. So, Prince William made the visit to her:
“I am utterly honoured that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a generous amount of time talking to my whole family but also honoured me with my Damehood,” Deborah writes on socials.
“It’s quite surreal having a royal pop in at home, and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and preparation went off the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease. He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as the President of the Royal Marsden.”
Deborah adds that “it was such a special day for my whole family, making memories to last a life time. He’s welcome back any time!”
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Damehoods and knighthoods are usually announced as part of the New Year Honours or the Queen’s Birthday Honours – but this was an exceptional case.
Earlier this week, Deborah shared with her followers that she’s unsure how much time she has left but she’s spending her last days with her loved ones:
“I am now moved to hospice at home care, with my incredible family all around me and the focus is making sure i”m not in pain and spending time with them.”
When Deborah began fundraising for cancer, she had hoped to reach a quarter of a million at most, but has far exceeded her goals.
“I’m like absolutely mind-blown and I just cannot thank people enough for their generosity,” she said in an interview with BBC Breakfast. “It just means so much to me. It makes me feel utterly loved.”
(Feature Image Credit: @bowelbabe/Instagram)