Deborah James made a dame by William at her residence

Dame Deborah James

Deborah James

Podcaster Deborah James has had her damehood conferred by Prince William at her household residence.

The 40-year-old host of the BBC’s You, Me and the Big C stated on Instagram she was “completely honoured” he had joined her for afternoon tea and champagne.

She stated the go to was “surreal” and the prince was “clearly passionate” about enhancing oncology outcomes.

The mother-of-two has raised greater than £5m since revealing she is on end-of-life look after her bowel most cancers.

In an earlier Instagram publish, Dame Deborah stated she was “utterly misplaced for phrases” after reaching the milestone quantity.

She had solely launched the Bowelbabe fund – to pay for analysis into personalised medication for most cancers sufferers and to assist campaigns to lift consciousness of bowel most cancers, on Monday – with an preliminary purpose of £250,000.

It got here after she revealed she didn’t know the way lengthy she had left to stay after stopping remedy and transferring to hospice-at-home care.

Dame Deborah is spending her remaining time along with her household at her mother and father’ residence.

In her newest Instagram publish, the previous deputy headteacher wrote: “Prince William really got here to our household home right this moment!! I’m completely honoured that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, the place he not solely spent a beneficiant period of time speaking to my complete household but additionally honoured me with my Damehood.

She added: “It is fairly surreal having a royal pop in at residence, and sure you may think about the cleansing antics and preparation went off the dimensions – however it was all irrelevant as a result of William was so sort and he put us all comfy.

“He’s clearly enthusiastic about enhancing oncology outcomes because the President of the Royal Marsden. It was such a big day for my complete household, making recollections to final a life time. He is welcome again any time!”

Dame Deborah James and the Duke of Cambridge

Deborah James

Deborah James and her family with the Duke of Cambridge

Deborah James

Damehoods and knighthoods are normally introduced as a part of the New Yr Honours or the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

However, in distinctive circumstances, some are introduced at different instances of the yr – as occurred with Captain Sir Tom Moore’s knighthood.

The go to by the duke was organized equally rapidly, as he had simply returned from a two-day go to to the west of Scotland together with his spouse Catherine.

Dame Deborah has acquired widespread reward for her no-nonsense method to speaking about her most cancers publicly, and has shared her experiences of remedy and every day life along with her social media followers since her analysis in 2016.

William and Catherine – who donated to Dame Deborah’s analysis fund – stated earlier this week that her “tireless efforts” in elevating consciousness of most cancers have been inspirational, and thanked her for “giving hope” to these dwelling with the illness.

Dame Deborah started co-presenting You, Me and the Large C alongside Lauren Mahon and BBC Radio 5 Dwell newsreader Rachael Bland in 2018, with the present incomes reward for its frank dialogue of most cancers.

They spoke to celeb visitors and addressed sensible issues, together with hair loss, suggestions for coping with funds and telling your nearest and dearest about diseases.

Bland died at the age of 40, six months after the show launched. She had been identified with breast most cancers two years earlier.


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